MALPAS maintained their promotion push with a seven-wicket win over Trafford MV.

Trafford opted to bat and were soon in trouble at 12-4 with Dave Hunt and Mark Goldsmith bowling superbly for Malpas.

Trafford never really recovered and were bowled out for 52. Goldsmith ended with figures of 7-19 and Hunt 2-33.

In reply Malpas lost opener Rishan Fernando with just one run on the board.

Tight Trafford bowling also accounted for Maneesh and Cameron Park respectively.

But Malpas were always in control. Keith Rickett hit the winning runs of the last ball of the 14th over.

He finished match top-scorer with 19no. the win lifted Malpas into second place in Division One overtaking Stockport Georgians with the top two sides at the end of the season promoted.

ALVANLEY crushed Winnington Park by seven wickets.

With the first ball of the day Ed Speakman scored a run-out and after 14 deliveries Park were 5-3 and in real trouble

Jez Brummitt exploited the conditions best, his guile induced two short leg catches and his third, caught at slip by Andy Bennion, gave him his 20th caught dismissal of the season, equalling the league record.

At 52-8 Park were out of it but they reached 71 before being bowled out.

Bennion made 25no in the reply, Chris Fletcher smashing a rapid 19 and Glenn Pickersgill made 19 not out, including two towering sixes, to see Alvanley home with 72-3.

OAKMERE set 179-8 for Mere, but the visitors scored 180-3 to win by seven wickets.

In Division Two, KINGSLEY were forced from the field by rain with their match against Lindow firmly in the balance.

Kingsley’s John Elliott (33) continued his renaissance and Kieron Ollier (54) was at his fluent best after winning a rare toss.

Alex Hatt (23) kept up the momentum and some frantic running between the wickets in a 30 run partnership between tailenders Adrian Burden and Peter Pearce enabled Kingsley to score maximum batting points with 180-8.

In reply, Lindow lost early wickets to the dangerous Travis Martin (2-27) but as the rain came the umpires led the teams from the field with the score on 111-4 after 30 overs.

CHOLMONDELEY, in third place, enjoyed victory at Winsford, who batted first and posted 164-9dec. Chum replied with 167-7.

Over Peover set BARROW a target of 119ao, which they reached easily, ending with 120-2.