A STUNNING ton from former New Zealand international Lou Vincent effectively ended any hope Chester Boughton Hall had of recording a vital Cheshire County League Premier Division victory at title rivals Oxton.
Hall made a good start on Saturday, restricting their hosts to 17-2 with two wickets from Alex Kegg (3-59), before Vincent arrived to fire his side to 288-6 with 155no from 144 balls.
The visitors, in contrast, struggled at the crease, Lee Dixon and Kumar Sarna joint top scoring with 35.
It was left up to Jack Williams (24no), who had earlier took 2-36, to bat out for a draw as Hall closed on 181-8.
Neston were on the end of a nine-wicket beating at defending champions Nantwich, for whom Louis Bentley scored his third consecutive unbeaten century.
The former Oulton Park ace’s 110no ensured Nantwich cruised to 149-1 in reply to 143 (Andy Murphy 50).
Neston fared better on Sunday when they recorded a six-wicket success at Tamworth to move within one win of the ECB National Club T20 finals day at Edgbaston.
Chris Hackett (58no) starred for Neston, who host Northern in the quarter-finals this coming Sunday.
Chester Boughton Hall are the first team through to the Cheshire Cup final after their four-wicket home victory over Toft on Sunday.
Kumar Sarna blasted 93no as Hall successfully chased down 211-6 when reaching 216-6.