HASLINGTON'S first game in the Cheshire Alliance Division Three resulted in a narrow two- run defeat.
Mike Boswell (51), Pete Starr (33) and Terry Rowland (31) helped Rostherne to a total of 151. Evergreen seamer Richard Brown led the Haslington attack with 3-22 and there were two wickets each for Gary Davies and Dave France.
The Clay Lane outfit were looking comfortable on 88-1 with Andy Hayes (58) leading the reply, but they then suffered a middle-order collapse, losing five wickets for only 25 runs.
A late-order recovery failed as they were dismissed for 149. Pete Starr completed a good day with 3-26 and Phil Barton returned 3-29.
Haslington seconds had better fortune as they eased to a comfortable 33-run victory against Didsbury. Dave France (46), Jim Malkin (36) and Paul Razzall (24) were mainly responsible for Haslington posting a respectable 197.
Andy Hall, with 3-61, and Alan Wills (3-25) were the leading wicket takers for Didsbury. They were also the main run-getters in the Didsbury reply of 164, with 32 and 39 runs respectively.
Also in Division Three, AUDLEM beat HOLMES CHAPEL seconds by eight wickets. Holmes Chapel were bowled out for 73 with L Woodcock taking 4-23 and G Jones taking 4-13.
In Division One, SANDBACH went down at newly promoted Appleton.
Early dropped catches proved expensive for Sandbach as Appleton reached 233-4. Sandbach skipper James Oddy (3-81) was the pick of the bowlers.
The Sandbach innings got off to a slow start with the loss of three early wickets but determined hitting from Jon Fox (65), Phil Marsh (28) and Chris Tomlinson (74 no) brought the run rate down.
They continued to press for runs but steadily lost wickets and finished 25 runs short.
At BUNBURY, the home side beat Port Sunlight by eight wickets. The Wirral side were bowled out for 53 with R Williams taking 5-9 and R Harris (4-20). Bunbury won the game with 57 for two wickets, with M Ryder unbeaten on 38.
ASTON were beaten by 14 runs against Frodsham who made first use and were bowled out for 128 with M Williamson 36. For Aston, A Leese took 5-32. In reply, Aston were bowled out for 114 with A Taylor 33 and B Large taking 4-40.
At HOLMES CHAPEL, visitors Hartford won by four wickets. Holmes Chapel were bowled out for 123 with B Harkin taking 5-56 and R Whittle (4-16). Hartford won the game with 126-6 with R Whittle top-scoring on 47.