COMEBACK kings Oulton Park have won the Cheshire County League Premier Division for the third successive year.

The champions will receive the Murray Smith Trophy in a presentation at local rivals Chester Boughton Hall before their match tomorrow.

Park took top spot from Neston just last week and victory over Widnes on Saturday was enough to secure the title with one game to go.

Chris Bassano (88) led an impressive batting display that also included good knocks from Nathan Dumelow (46), Danny Leech (39), Ben Spendlove (32) and Jonny Kettle (32) as Park set 275-5 in 55 overs.

With the ball, Ben Gough took 3-11 and Richard Taylor 3-24 as Widnes crumbled to 75ao.

NESTON saw their title dreams go up in smoke as they lost for a second successive Saturday – this time by 63 runs in a high-scoring game at Alderley Edge.

Sohail Rauf scored the season’s highest Premier Division innings – 167 – and left-hander Alan Day put on 111 as they declared on 341-6.

Chris Finegan had travelled early to Northumberland for Cheshire’s Minor Counties final so with Brad Donellan (88) leading the way, Neston made a good fist of their reply, but were all out for 278.

Stan Clifford’s side are now up against Bowdon, Urmston and Hyde to take runners-up spot on the final day.

Bowdon lined up their late bid for second place with a win over CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL. Despite being bowled out for a modest 161 (Ollie Law 4-39), they ripped through the tail after Warren Goodwin’s solid 69 had taken Hall to 109-4.

The visitors lost their last six wickets for 14 runs, closing on 123 all out, with Lancashire’s Gareth Cross snapping up four wickets for only two runs.

CHRISTLETON found their form too late as the relegated side defeated also-doomed Bramhall at home. They won at Little Heath by a comfortable 64 runs after declaring on 219-7, Trinidadian Darron Cruikshank scoring a dashing 92.

Bramhall were dismissed for 155, thanks in part to Paul Eastwood’s remarkable 7-12.

In Division Two, TATTENHALL lost at struggling Mobberley. The visitors batted first and John Hope (57) rode his luck as he tried to establish a partnership with fellow left-hander Paul Kettle (18).

Tattenhall looked good but a hideous collapse put paid to any chance of posting a worthwhile total. Six wickets fell with the score in the 80s, with only Graham Harper (17) showing any resistance as Tatt set a target of 124.

Damian Lewis took an early wicket but couldn’t find his usual consistency and runs came quickly for the home team. A flurry of wickets from Rob Mulvihill (4-27) took the sheen off the home team’s victory but it was too little, too late.