Weaverham 266-5 Oakmere 210-1
WEAVERHAM rattled up their biggest score for years and took a winning derby draw, but slipped to the bottom of Division One.
A superb wicket was a tribute to groundsman Emlyn Roberts, though a draw was always likely on such a fine strip.
Dave Holden was the main contributor to the Weaverham innings, hitting his highest score of the season, a blistering 141 which included 27 boundaries. He received good support from Ron McMillan 24 and Jamie Allen 26 before Lucas Fraser (26 not out) and Jon Lightfoot with a typically aggressive 40 not out saw Weaverham to a total which looked out of reach of the visitors.
But Oakmere also had a century maker. Skip-per Paul Yearsley hit a tremendous 114 not out, surviving one of two dropped catch en route.
Weaverham 2nds 163-8 (Phil Harris 50, Rob Hard-ley 34) lost at Lymm 164-2 (Gordon Allen 2-43).
Davenham 165-9 Hale Barns 198-5dec
DAVENHAM lost further ground in the promotion chase, but were happy to avoid defeat against their well-placed visitors.
Meanwhile, Davenham 2nds almost came away from struggling Alderley Park empty-handed.
They made 222, with Andy Floyd (80) and Jay Loveridge (45) the big hitters.
It looked a distant total, especially when Davenham reduced their hosts to 22-2.
But they showed tremendous spirit and battled to within sight of victory, Davenham being relieved to draw.
Mere 154ao Barnton 157-6
BARNTON secured their first win of the Division Two season at the eighth attempt.
They were asked to field and Mere quickly regretted the decision as they slipped to 14-2 and then 18-3, though they managed to scramble to a more respectable total.
Barnton made hard work of reaching the total until Paul Coot and Christian Watkins came together and took the scored beyond 100.
Coot's dismissal for 42 sparked a mini-collapse which Watkins survived for 44no and, with support from John and Richard Burgess, Barnton won with three overs to spare.
Castrol 138 Northwich 150
IN Division Three, Matt Lightburn came to Northwich's rescue with a devastating spell of bowling.
He polished off the Castrol tail-end and returned figures of 5-42 to successfully defend Northwich's modest total, at Ellesmere Port.
Paul Alcock hit 28 as they made 44 without loss from the first seven overs, but they collapsed to 86-6 and it was left to veteran Simon James with an unbeaten 37 to guide the Northwich youngsters to 150.
Their hosts grafted to 82-1 and change bowlers Lee Evans and Scott Hayes claimed two wickets each to redress the balance of the game and Lightburn tipped the scales in Northwich's favour.
Northwich 2nds won the Moss Farm derby against Winsford by three wickets.
Winsford were in trouble from the off, losing two wickets to Adam Davies without scoring.
However, Mike Lancaster steered his team to a competitive total of 171-7 with a super 88. Martin Barrett hit 23 and then took 3-16.
Northwich scored 174-7, but at 65-4 the issue was in doubt. Andy Gerrard had hit 36, but then Matt Rushworth (57no) and Andrew Pickstock (38) shared a key fifth wicket partnership of 84.
Northwich 3rds, featuring five debutants and two players under the age of 11, pulled off a remarkable victory over Port Sunlight 3rds at home.
Veteran spinner Mike Eddison took three wickets and Stuart Plant two, but the highlight of the innings was a stunning catch by 10-year-old Scott Miles.
Sunlight made 141-8 and Mike McDonagh made a swashbuckling start to Northwich's reply, hitting 74, with the remaining runs of 142-7 shared among his team-mates.
Juniors - U18s: Northwich 129-4 (Lee Evans 55no, Martyn East 36) beat Runcorn 74-7; North-wich 150-4 (Chris Yearsley 59, Paul Alcock 44) beat Weaverham 18ao (Scott Hayes 4-4, Adam Davies 3-3, Glinoj Cherian 2-0); Winnington Park 114-8 (Jim Pilling 57; Cherian 3-16) beat North-wich 113-8 (Pilling 4-8).
Northwich U15s completed their zonal games unbeaten and now contest the elite County League Championship: Mobberley 143-6 (Lewis Hayes 2-5) Northwich 144-5 (Matt Hamman 42no, Mike Whitehead 40no)
U13s: Northwich 65-8 (James Power 26, James Plant 20) beat Grappenhall 61ao (Plant 3-5, Andrew Duffy 3-20); U11s: Northwich A 225 net beat Haslington 224 net (Russell Jones 2-3, David Wright 2-7); Northwich B 256 net lost to Winsford 265 net; U9s: Northwich beat Elworth.