ALVANLEY stretched their unbeaten league record to 12 months despite being dominated at Hale Barns.
The impressive run was kept alive with a hard fought draw at Brooks Drive and keeps them on course for the Meller Braggins Division One title.
Alvanley lost their 11th toss in succession and the home side’s captain Mike Hunter opted to bat first.
Hunter would prove pivotal for Barns, producing a spectacular century (115) as the leaders’ bowlers struggled against their opponents opening pair.
Will Munday was eventually dismissed for 49 when he was stumped by Chris Fletcher.
The away side’s middle order proved less troublesome for Alvanley but Hunter carried his team to a strong total of 224-7.
Mark Szymura and Andy Bennion got the visitors off to a promising start, posting 42 off the first seven overs.
Szymura became too ambitious and was caught by Joe Fretwell-Walsh from Dave Saddington’s delivery.
Chris Jones (4) and Jack Yates (6) produced disappointing returns and Will Speakman (11) and Steve Charles (7) didn’t fare much better, leaving the unbeaten record in danger.
Teenager Chris Charles (45) and the away side’s tail end secured the draw, even managing a total of 174 to secure the maximum batting points.
Alvanley continue their title charge at home to third-placed Oakmere this Saturday.