OULTON Park captain Nathan Dumelow warned his team to guard against complacency when they visit Birkenhead Park tomorrow.
The Premier Division champions moved up to third in the table with an eight-wicket home victory over fellow title contenders Bowdon on Saturday.
Birkenhead are just four places from the foot of the table, but Dumelow said: 'We're confident every week, but it's so crucial that we beat the bottom sides as it's so close at the top.
'I'm very pleased with the way the season's going and if we keep going, we should end up top.
We've just got to wait for other sides to slip up.'
Park moved ahead of Bowdon in the table on Saturday with their third successive victory.
A magnificent opening stand of 174 between ex-Derbyshire Chris Bassano (130) and current Cheshire bat Danny Leech (82) formed the basis of their winning 255-3 total.
Bowdon were not allowed to fully enjoy the famed Little Bud-worth track as they posted 253-8 declared (Stewart Eaton 3-57, Dumelow 3-75).
Dumelow was the star on Sunday as holders Oulton made progress in the Cheshire Cup.
He made 74 and took 4-17 in a victory over Heaton Mersey.
CHRISTLETON skipper Jim Gillson saluted Ma-roof Khan's match-winning display in Saturday's nine-wicket home win over Birkenhead Park.
Khan claimed 4-44 before hitting 108 as Christleton cruised to 226-1 chasing Birkenhead's 224ao.
'It was a good win,' said Gillson. 'We bowled consistently, Maroof Khan was particularly tight from one end and he was supported by some fast, accurate bowling.
'Maroof also batted exceptionally for his century.'
Christleton visit Alder-ley Edge tomorrow and Alex Barr's absence should be the only change to last week's side.
NESTON, who are at Nantwich tomorrow, recorded a six-wicket win at Alderley Edge, who had been improving lately. Paceman Jason Voros fired off a 4-44 salvo to bowl Alderley out for 162 (Simon James 51). The Parkgate men passed this target with 20 overs in their locker, in-form Chris Hackett contributing an unbeaten 75.
In Division One, CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL answered captain Steve Ogilby's call to return to winning ways.
Having lost the previous week to Urmston, Hall got back on track with a victory at Didsbury.
Ogilby's decision to field first looked good when Heath Pritchard's opening burst had the home side 32-2.
Didsbury fought hard but were eventually stopped on 157 (Pritchard 5-67, Alex Kegg 2-42, David Atkin 2-32).
In reply, Chester's good start was cancelled out by the loss of three quick wickets.
But opener Matt Griffiths (54), Pritchard (23) and George Robinson (25no) chipped in with valuable scores as Hall reached 161-6.