OULTON Park’s reign as kings of Cheshire is almost at an end.
The three-times ECB Premiership champions were trounced by Bowdon at Little Budworth on Saturday.
They now seem likely to finish mid-table and were also recently ko’d in the Cheshire Cup and Fred Graham Twenty20 Cup.
Oakmere and Northwich, meanwhile, edged closer to their respective Cheshire League titles and Weaverham maintained their promotion challenge, too.
MOVE ABROAD COUNTY LEAGUE
Oulton Park 213-8 dec Bowdon 216-0
DANNY Leech (69), Nathan Dumelow (61) Ben Spendlove (52) and Ben Gough (39) set a formidable target, but Richard Wilkinson (143 no) and Carl Hey (66 no) defied Oulton.
Steve Yates (85) and Robin Taylor (82) revived Oulton 2nds from 58-3 to 248-7 against Middlewich 2nds, 172-8.
Winnington Park 222-5 Mobberley 222-9
WNNINGTON upped the run rate and the pressure.
They managed only 43 off the first 20 overs, but accelerated to 116 off the next 25 and another 62 from the last five. Sean O’Neill (85 no) led the effort with assistance from Dave Hine (36), Glin Cherian (24) and Ben Challoner (42).
Park had Mobberley at 123-5 – but they also had five wickets and five overs left when needing only 13 to win.
Four results were still possible off the final ball, a scrambled single drawing the match.
Craig Walsh (4-72) was the pick off the bowlers.
Mobberley 2nds 173ao (Jason Hayes 2-53, Stuart Moniz 2-8) Winnington 2nds 138-9 (Ian Johns 43, Hayes 40).
MELLER BRAGGINS CHESHIRE LEAGUE
Oakmere 148-9 Runcorn 147ao
CRAIG Phelan was the matchwinner as Oakmere scraped another victory towards promotion.
Stewart Eaton (4-58), Chris Nelson (3-26) and Pete Hutchinson (3-35) dismissed Runcorn in 40 overs, but it was not an easy win.
Paul Hutchinson (22) and Stewart Eaton (37) were the best of the top order, but Phelan’s unbeaten 37, including two crucial fours in the 48th over, ended Oakmere’s bout of hiccups.
Jason Oswell (52) Doug Pinnington (31), Mike Cushion (41 and 3-27), John Crouchley (22), Robbie Jones (5-39) were the stars of the 2nds clash: Oakmere 181ao Runcorn 156ao.
Davenham 103ao Mere 136ao
DEAN Jackson (3-31 off 13 overs including four maidens) and Andy Simmons (3-25) put Davenham in a winning position, but the reply – with the exceptions of Dave Holden (27) and Dave Ashley (20) – was self-destructive.
Over Peover 86 ao Northwich 158 ao
JIM Kimber took a personal best 5-28 off 12 overs, leading Northwich to victory and a 36 point advantage of chasing Barrow and Weaverham.
Only Martyn East (64) and Matt Jamieson (29) mastered a precarious wicket.
Kimber had a wicket in each of his first three overs and, with Stuart Hayes and John Price each claiming a brace, ensured an early finish.
Northwich 163-9 (John Hughes 53, Park Phillips 36, Simon James 22) came close to inflicting Brooklands’ first defeat. They survived at 150-9 (Ant Shaw 2-42).
Other results: Northwich 3rds 146 ao (Stuart Plant 22, Jimmy Plant 20) Nantwich 4ths 76 ao (Andy East 3-3); NCJCA Under 18s Cup quarter finals – Congleton 183-6 Northwich 210-2 dec (Martyn East 131 no, Matt Jamieson 49).
Weaverham 198- 9 Prestbury 109 ao
WEAVERHAM stepped up the promotion pressure on rivals Barrow, severely denting Prestbury’s own hopes at the same time.
New Zealander Gregg Ayrns top scored with 66 and support came from Mattie Bebbington (41) and Rob McMillan with (25).
Prestbury’s destroyers were James Ollier (4-40 off 13 overs) and skipper McMillan (3-2).
Father and Son Phil and Mark Harris scored 49 and 41 and put on 72 for the first wicket in Weaverham 2nds, 184-8, draw against Wirral, 165-9. Dave Armstrong (24), Kenny Roberts (3-36), Neil gerrard (2-39) and Jon Turley (3-55) were the other successes.
Barnton 59ao Wilmslow 175ao
MARK Wrench took four wickets on his home debut, but there was little else notable for Barnton.
Barnton 2nds let Lindow 2nds – 58-6 and 101-9 – off the hook to finish on 155-9 (Ken McDonald 6-52) and then slumped to 82 ao themselves (Keith Jones 20).
Bowdon Vale 170-9 Winsford 191-7 dec
WINSFORD had nine balls with which to claim the final wicket but the last Vale pair somehow survived.
Mike Clarke (54 and 4-17) was the Winsford star man. Colin Dean (31) and James Tierney (23) were among the runs and there were four other Winsford wicket takers.
CHESHIRE BUILDING SOCIETY CHESHIRE ALLIANCE
Offerton 112 ao Hartford 113-4
HARTFORD reduced Offerton from 98-4 to 112 with Rob Whittle (4-8) behind their change of fortune. Rob Stimson (3-39) made an early impact.
Dave Brandreth (36 no) and Jonny Phillips (26) easy Hartford home with 20 overs to spare.