CHESTER Boughton Hall have pulled further clear at the top with a club record fifth Premier Division win on the spin.
Thirty-two points now separate Jim Gillson’s side from second-placed Didsbury after they battled back to record a maximum points victory at mid-table Macclesfield on Saturday.
While Hall failed to fire on all cylinders at Victoria Road, fine bowling from Alex Kegg (3-31) and some outstanding fielding ensured they continued their winning ways.
Captain Gillson won the toss and opted to bat, but only opener Warren Goodwin (65) looked comfortable against the Macc seamers on a slow and low track.
Impressive late hitting from Gillson (49) and Trevor Fabian (32) hoisted Hall up to 211, but given at one stage they were 196-6, the total felt a little below par.
That feeling was emphasised when the home team’s openers galloped to 93 without loss, with Ben Morrison and Rick Hough looking in little danger until leg spinner Jack Williams finally made the breakthrough.
But it wasn’t until Jordan Clark (2-25) had Morrison caught for 64 that the tide truly began to turn.
Rob Porter went next ball to an excellent leg-side stumping by Steve Ogilby before Daron Cruickshank produced a superb direct hit run-out from mid off.
Sensing victory, Kegg came to the fore as Macc were bowled out 21 runs short of their target for 190.
OULTON PARK are still searching for their first win of the season after they were beaten by four wickets at Didsbury.
The home attack used the overcast conditions well and had under-strength Park on the rack at 28-2.
But Ric Moore (34) and Nick James (36) steadied the ship and Ben Kettle and skipper Robin Taylor continued to build a respectable score before Kettle (45) was trapped LBW.
Taylor (44) stuck around a little longer and, along with last-man Andy Hards (21no), took the visitors to 219 after 55 overs.
The same two players then grabbed early wickets to restrict Didsbury to 26-2 at the 17-over mark.
But the high-flying Manchester outfit recovered to reach 220-6 with four overs to spare.
Missing key batsman Jack Smith, NESTON had to be content with a losing draw at Grappenhall.
Neston, who are now unbeaten in four matches, got as far 182-8 (David Hurst 58, Mike Garrett 36) in reply to 242-8dec (Luke Camden 4-80).