AN UNBEATEN 68 from Andy Leese helped Aston to a draw at home to a strong North-wich side in their Division One clash on Saturday.
Northwich batted first and, aided by a last-wicket stand of 56, piled on the runs before closing on 220-9, with Pat Beesley picking up fine figures of 5-52.
Aston slumped to 40-5 in reply but recovered thanks to some fine batting from Leese and Les Wright, father of Aston captain Derek.
Wright senior donned the whites after a late withdrawal left Aston with only 10 men on the morning of the match, and the 60-year-old made an excellent 20 to help his side to a draw at 156-7.
Sandbach suffered heartache at Ellesmere Port, falling to a one-wicket defeat after conceding a boundary off the first ball of the final over.
A Williams made 90 as Sandbach declared on 190-7, but although M Shallcross (5-41) starred with the ball, Port claimed a last-gasp victory as their last pair guided them to 194-9.
In Division Two, Bunbury executed an excellent run chase to register a five-wicket win over Hartford. Chasing 203-6, J Tweddle (42no) and J Cook (40) helped steer Bunbury past the winning post at 207-5.
Wistaston Village held on to draw with Stalybridge St Pauls. The visitors were bowled out for 176 as Chris Townsend grabbed 6-41. B Thomas then steadied the ship with an unbeaten 71 as Wistaston reached 135-6 at the stumps.
Audlem had an afternoon to forget at Trinity after being skittled for just 35. The home side knocked off the runs without loss to wrap up a quick day's work.