CHESTER Boughton Hall claimed a nail-biting victory at Nantwich on Saturday, scoring the winning runs off the game’s final over.
The visitors were left needing 18 for victory with two wickets remaining – and they were carried over the line by Matt Griffiths (26no) as they collected 25 points from the Vivio County League ECB Premier Division fixture.
After being put in to bat, the Dabbers had reached 29 before Alex Kegg removed Sam Hunt for 15. Jonny Kettle and Liam Livingstone pushed the score up to 67 when Kettle fell for 26, to a smart catch by Ross Dixon off the bowling of Warren Goodwin.
Livingstone (79) and ex-Chester batsman Olly Law (38) then had a 101-run partnership before both fell quickly to leave the score on 170-4.
Wickets continued to fall, with some tight bowling by Jack Williams (2-57 off 13) and Jordan Clark (4-37 off 9), as Nantwich finished up on 203-9 off their 55 overs.
Tom Simmons and Warren Goodwin opened up the batting for Chester in reply, against the dangerous Jimmy Warrington.
Simmons fell early for nine and was followed quickly by Guy Dunbavand who went for four. Goodwin (44) and Lee Dixon (24) then had a useful partnership of 45 before both fell, leaving the score on 91-4. Steve Ogilby (16), Jordan Clark (24) and Jack Williams (6) all then went in quick succession as Boughton Hall dipped to 142-7.
But Griffiths and joined Ross Dixon (35) led a recovery, taking the score to 186-8 before Griffiths and Harry Killoran carried Chester to a winning 204-8 in the last over.
OULTON PARK celebrated a double win over the weekend. They overcame Widnes in Division One on Saturday.
The Beaconsfield Road hosts hit 265-7 in their innings and in reply Oulton hit the winning runs with three balls to spare in a tense last few overs, finishing on 269-5.
Martin East (88), Ben Tomlinson (54), Craig Williamson (52) and Craig Douglas (38no) played key roles.
Park were back in the winning groove on Sunday, beating Weaverham in round two of the Cheshire Cup.
Weaverham won the toss and batted first, reaching 211 all out in the 43rd over (Guy Emmett 4-19).
In reply, Louis Bentley (95no) and Nick James (39no) made easy work of the Weaverham total and knocked off the required runs with 11 overs to spare.
CHRISTLETON are bottom of the Division One table after suffering their third loss from three games.
On Saturday they lost by 54 runs to Cheadle Hulme at Grover Park. The hosts posted 238-4 and Christleton were bowled out for 184 (Ifti Naseer 80).