CHESTER Boughton Hall’s recent revival ended at Filkins Lane on Saturday as they suffered a bad loss against Didsbury.
With County League Premier Division leaders Oxton losing to Alderley Edge, there was a chance for Hall to make ground on the table-toppers.
But they were left facing an uphill struggle after being bowled out for 124 in 41 overs on a damp track.
The only batsmen to get into double figures were Warren Goodwin (18), Lee Dixon (27) and Mike Rowland (23).
Opening the bowling with Alex Kegg and Ian Linwood, Chester restricted Didsbury to 3-2 off the first five overs.
But some hard hitting took the game back into Didsbury’s hands and they made it home to 126-6 in the 34th over, recovering from 67-5.
NESTON enjoyed the better of a high-scoring draw against Toft at Parkgate after posting 237-7 (Luke Camden 83, Andy Roberts 52).
Toft went well for a time but were eventually reliant on their last pair to hold out for the final three overs at 208-9 (Chad Wilson 4-76).
CHRISTLETON held new Division One leaders Grappenhall to a draw at Little Heath.
Grappenhall compiled 271-8, Iroshan De Silva taking 4-95. Christleton replied with a confident 206-7, Varun Sood remaining unbeaten with 80.
At Little Budworth, Ben Tomlinson’s highest first XI score of 78 helped guide OULTON PARK to a draw with Cheadle Hulme.
The hosts posted 260-7, with Tomlinson receiving support from Nick James (49) and Martyn East, who hit 49 off 26 balls including five sixes.
Cheadle Hulme’s Ewan McCray picked up three late wickets as Oulton piled on the runs.
In reply, Cheadle Hulme got off to a flyer, Adam Wilde (61) smashing the ball to all parts until he was out caught off the bowling of Guy Emmett.
The visitors ended up batting out for a draw, reaching 201-7 (Ric Moore (4-32, Emmett 2-69).