ALVANLEY put their promotion push back on the rails on Saturday, dominating the points in a drawn home match against Mere.
The visitors asked Alvanley – beaten heavily by Winnington Park the previous week – to bat first on a superb wicket. They were soon regretting the decision as Chris Jones (23) and Mark Szymura (41) made good progress, backed up by number three Glenn Pickersgill (42).
Alvanley dipped to 131-5 before Andy Bennion (39) and Nick Geddis (31) grabbed the momentum back with a thrilling 73-run stand.
It meant the hosts finished on 228-9, but they were unable to carve out a win despite left-arm spinner Rob Fisher’s superb 6-38.
Although Mere never got close to Alvanley’s total, they managed to hang on for the drawn at 165-8
Elsewhere in Division One, MALPAS enjoyed a home win over Winnington Park, who were all out for 144. Malpas responded with 145-4.
OAKMERE drew at home with Weaverham, who batted first and made 186-5dec (Peter Hutchinson 2-26). The hosts came up short on 172-8 (D Wood 39).
In Division Two, two products of KINGSLEY’S youth system – Jamie Moores (24) and Alex Wilson (34) – led their team’s fightback after being reduced to 26-4 away at league leaders Prestbury.
In-form skipper Kieron Ollier struck 41 to also save Kingsley’s blushes as they posted a respectable 159-9.
With Travis Martin pulling up with a calf strain in his second over, journeyman Peter Pearce (2-42) did his best to restrict the home side. Even though all bowlers performed well, Prestbury were cruised to victory with six wickets and five overs in hand.
CHOLMONDELEY lost at Runcorn, who declared on 215-9 before bowling the visitors out for 180. BARROW (128-8) chalked up an away win at Winsford (127ao).
In Division Three, CHESTER COUNTY OFFICERS extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 59-run win over Sandbach.
Scoring runs early on was difficult for the Chester hosts but number three Mike Pownall (56) stood firm, helping his side reach 136ao.
In reply, Sandbach were all out for 87 in the 29th over, Mike Clarke finishing with 4-44, Steve Johnson 3-27 and skipper Mike Rowlands 3-9.
Elsewhere, BUNBURY triumphed at Wirral in a high-scoring contest. The hosts set 246-6dec before Bunbury hit back with 247-5.