CHESTER Boughton Hall’s slim championship hopes have almost completely fizzled out following Saturday’s draw with Toft at Filkins Lane.
The highlight of the match was a debut century for teenager Ollie Thompson, but the County League Premier Division trophy looks to be out of Chester’s reach.
Reigning champions and leaders Nantwich need to claim just two points from their final match of the season this Saturday – at home to mid-table Toft – to retain the title.
At Filkins Lane at the weekend, Thompson – an 18-year-old former King’s School pupil – was dropped from the first ball of the match. But he went on to compile a classy and patient 100, allowing others around him to take on the Toft attack. Ollie Law hit a fine 68 and Warren Goodwin 47, while Jordan Clark provided a stunning 55no from just 24 balls.
It all meant Chester skipper Jim Gillson was able to declare at 293-3dec, but Toft proved a tough nut to crack, finishing with 263-9 (Daron Cruikshank 3-49).
Tail-enders Nigel Muirhead and John Stanley held out for the last eight overs to deny Chester a sorely-needed victory.
At the other end of the table, OULTON PARK – champions from 2005-07 and in 2009 – were relegated from the top flight.
Their fate was sealed following a heavy defeat at Urmston.
Batting first, Park were reduced to 2-2. ŠThe wickets continued to fall and Park were 62 all out after only 31 overs.
In response, Urmston chased down the score in 17 overs, losing only two wickets.