MALPAS have been relegated from Division Two of the County League – and Alvanley are trying to avoid joining them.

The rain saved Malpas from almost certain defeat at Warrington on Saturday. The hosts had come to within 19 runs off their target with seven wickets in hand when the heavens opened.

ALVANLEY lost at home to Poynton, leaving their County League status hanging by a thread.

Missing several key players, Alvanley elected bowl first against a strong Poynton team.

Chris Charles ended with 5-43 and Dave Shewring 4-38 as the visitors were bowled out for 172.

But Alvanley’s reply was feeble.

The game ended in near darkness with the hosts making only 86. Charles’ resistance totalled 37no.

Any thoughts of a great escape will end if a win is not secured at Middlewich on Saturday.

TATTENHALL had the better of a near full game against Upton at the Flacca, batting first to total 198-4.

Skipper Tom Hyslop enjoyed another good innings of 95no off 76 balls and Rob Mulvihill made 40.

Upton were 132-8 off 48 overs when the game was abandoned (Mel Dobson 3-38).

Tattenhall received four more points than their guests, who pouched seven rather than the five they would have got if they had batted out the last two overs.