TWO promotion-chasing sides, Alvanley and Malpas, clashed on Saturday and the home team totally eclipsed their visitors.
Alvanley romped to a 129-run victory in the Division One battle, batting first on the dry wicket.
Dave Shewring, Andy Bennion, Ben Pearce, Mark Szymura and Rob Fisher all perished trying to force the pace and Alvanley were in deep trouble at 57-5.
Nick Geddis (41) and Chris Fletcher (72no) rebuilt as Alvanley finished with 184-7.
After tea the momentum remained with the hosts and Chris Charles (2-15) and Lee Ainsworth (3-23) bowled beguiling new ball spells leaving Malpas at 39-5.
Spinners Fisher (2-6) and Shewring (3-10) blew the rest of the Malpas resistance away as they finished on 55ao.
BARROW did enough to draw at Northwich.
The host put 185-7 on the board despite Barrow having them at 40-4 at one stage.
Barrow’s openers Phil Noble and James Evans attacked from the start and some blistering strokes took the score to 38 within six overs. But a flurry of wickets left them on 54-4.
At number three, 16-year-old Greg Russell, gave a mature display to carry his bat for 32 as Barrow made 118-9.
In Division Two KINGSLEY got a much needed win away at Bowden Vale. Adrian Burden (4-35) remove Bowden’s top order with swing and with off-spinner Kieron Ollier (3-37), restricted the home side to 137-8.
Ed Leneghan (47) got Kingsley’s reply off to a solid start, but their middle order failed to fire.
All rounder James Hendry (24no) remained composed alongside Travis Martin (27) to set the stage for Rob Massey to crack the winning boundary with two balls remaining.
CHOLMONDELEY fell heavily to second-placed Barnton after asking their hosts to bat first
Barnton made 155 but after tea Chum were skittled for 123.
In Division Three CHESTER COUNTY OFFICERS lost on the road at Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge.
Chester were asked to bat and set a target of 158-7, thanks to a mature 62no from Ian Rule supported by Mike Rowlands (20), Chris Wright (20) and Steve Holland (17no).
Cheadle Hulme took advantage of CCO’s weakened bowling line-up and made 161-3 to take victory.
BUNBURY were hammered by Aston.
Aston hit 180-7 before skittling Bunbury for 62.