OULTON Park smashed leaders Bowdon at Little Budworth on Saturday to halve their points deficit at the top of the Cheshire County League Premier Division.
The Pinfold Lane side are just 18 points behind their rivals after skittling the visitors for their second-lowest total in Premier action.
Batting first, Park posted a decent total of 242, thanks mainly to a swashbuckling 97 from Ben Spendlove with skipper Nathan Dumelow in support with 31.
In reply, Bowdon had no answer to Park’s attack and in particular Robin Taylor who claimed a hat-trick in his figures of 5-24.
Rick Moore also featured with 3-6 as Bowdon slumped to 48 all out.
Oulton Park’s Danny Leech smashed a magnificent 202 on the first day of Cheshire’s Minor Counties Championship play-off with Herefordshire.
Play continued at Nantwich’s Whitehouse Lane ground yesterday as the Chronicle went to press.
In Division Two, bottom of the league Oakmere are struggling to add to their single victory so far this season.
The Overdale Lane outfit found life difficult on Saturday at second-placed Middlewich and with less than half of the season left to play, Oakmere face a tough task to avoid returning to the Meller Braggins League.
Batting first, Oakmere managed just 163 with Paul Guilford hitting 56.
But it was not enough as Middlewich reached 164-2.