TATTENHALL were unable to claw back ground on Division One leaders Cholmondeley after falling to a home defeat to Oakmere on Saturday.
With the Chums slipping up at home to Deavenham, the stage was set for Tattenhall to crank up the pressure but it was not to be.
After a rain-delayed start at Flacca Field, the contest was reduced to 37 overs-per-side and Oakmere got off to a good start.
Tattenhall dragged the game back, Mel Dobson (2-32) putting the brakes on the opposition and Rob Okell following up his five-wicket haul the previous week with an excellent 6-39 as the visitors finished on 129-9dec.
In reply, Tattenhall lost key wickets early on, John Hope, Mike Alexander and the inform Barry Mitchell all going cheaply.
John Gibbon (30) and Graham Harper (22) both applied themselves but neither could cut loose and, with Oakmere's Norton finishing with outstanding figures of 9-34, Tattenhall were 88 all out.
Tattenhall bounced back on Sunday with a win at Broadbottom in the Village Knockout. The home side won the toss and elected to bat, but some full bowling by skipper Mulvihill (3-43) and Tom Green kept the score down to 177 from 40 overs.
In reply, Gary Forster's superb 101 was the foundation of Tattenhall winning response.
Davenham's Dave Ashley guided his side to and emphatic 10-wicket victory over CHOLMONDELEY with a superb 97no.
The Chums scored 145-3 off 33 overs (Guy Ford 71) but Ashley saw Davenham home to 146 without loss to inflict the league leaders' first defeat of the season.
ALVANLEY tumbled to a home defeat to Hale Barns.
The visitors' opening bowlers found Mark Szymura and Nick McKay in good form and 46 runs came off the first 12 overs. But the introduction of the slower bowlers saw Alvanley reduced to 91-4 off 34 overs and, with Glenn Pickersgill, Andy Senior and Phil Jones all losing their wickets cheaply, the hosts' innings closed at 134-7 off their 45 overs.
As Alvanley began their reply, James Rowlinson and Nick Geddis bowled a fantastic opening spell with the new ball but Hale Barns made it to a winning 136-5.
With two defeats and a match rained off in between, Alvanley will be hoping to regain their early-season form when they travel to Marple tomorrow.
In Division Two, BARROW claimed a winning draw against visitors Wirral.
Barrow lost the toss and were immediately inserted on a damp track.
With the score on 92, James Myers was dismissed for an impressive 40. Mal Barrow then took on the Wirral attack, hitting a quick fire 24. Bell was then joined by the talented Lee Dwyer, who continued the charge, allowing Barrow to reach an above par 159-3.
With 20 overs left in Wirral's reply, they had reached 46-2 and needed to step it up.
But their aggressive batting backfired and, after being reduced to 82-9, managed to hold out for a draw. The Barrow wickets were spread among Phil Johnson, Dwyer, Chris Cowell and Mal Barrow (5-32).
In Division Three, CASTROL went top with a convincing home win over Port Sunlight, who were all out for 76 chasing 110-9dec.