NORTHWICH scored their second successive win and moved out of immediate danger in the First Division's lower reaches.
Given Chelford's even more precarious position, it was an important win for Northwich. The visitors were bowled out for 159 (Matt Lightburn 4-30) and Northwich knocked off 160-4, mainly via the knocks of Mark Phillips (51), Simon James (39no) and John Hughes (30).
Juniors: Northwich U13s 86-6 (Michael Dodd 31, Mike Whitehead 26) Alvanley 70ao (Stuart Plant, Joe Tracey both 4-17); U15s - Northwich 140-5 (Scott Hayes 50no, Matt Jamieson 31) Runcorn 102-9 (Jamieson 3-20, Lee Evans 3-8).
HARTFORD rattled up their third consecutive win and continued their blindside advance on promotion.
They scored a comprehensive win over early high fliers Stalybridge St Paul's at Grange Park.
Having the two tallest bowl-ers in the league certainly did no harm on a pitch receptive to the track being hit, and Damian Corrigan (6ft 10ins) and his only slightly shorter partner Brian Harkin (6ft 4ins) formed superb foils for each other. Corrigan got the majority of the spoils, taking 8-42 in 18 overs, and Harkin was unlucky that some unplayable deliveries didn't reward him better than his 1-37 in 16 overs. The visitors were despatched for 89 in just 37 overs.
Hartford lost two early wickets in reply but a third-wicket partnership of 56 in just nine overs between Dave Brandreth and Rob Whittle, who both finished on 37no, saw Hartford home with a full 35 overs to spare.