AS expected, Chester Boughton Hall were left to settle for runners-up spot in the Premier Division as Nantwich retained the championship trophy.
The Dabbers went into the final Saturday of the season needing just two points from their game against Toft. They ended up winning by six wickets and taking 20 points – leaving Chester in second spot, which is the highest the club has finished since the inception of the Premier Division.
Boughton Hall signed off for 2011 with a win at NESTON in skipper Jim Gillson’s final game for the club.
Warren Goodwin hit an excellent 110, taking him past the 1,000 league runs landmark for the third consecutive season.
Jordan Clark, who last week was handed a Lancashire contract, also signed off in style, scoring a fine 65.
Gillson won the toss for Chester and with Daron Cruickshank taking 3-57 and Goodwin 2-16, Neston were reduced to 234-9. Aussie Luke Pavalovich was Neston’s mainstay with 80.
In reply, early wickets fell before Goodwin and Clark piled on the runs.
Clark unselfishly got himself out so Gillson could come in and hit the winning runs, only for the skipper to fall to another sharp catch.
Eddie Roberts then stepped up to take Chester to 235-6 with nine overs to spare.
Relegated OULTON PARK saw their home match against third-placed Hyde abandoned due to rain.
Hyde scored 179-2 in the 28 overs possible.