PROMOTION to the Cheshire County League is the coveted prize which Malpas and Alvanley will be going all out to win this Saturday.
The two local rivals have spent most of the summer battling it out at the top end of Meller Braggins League Division One.
Going into the final round of fixtures, Malpas occupy the second promotion slot – just four points behind leaders Stockport – while Alvanley and Northwich are close behind in third and fourth respectively.
Calculators could well be required come Saturday evening to work out which of the four have claimed the top two places.
Last Saturday, Malpas won by eight wickets at Weaverham, who batted first and made 138-9dec, recovering well from 44-5.
Maneesh, who had taken 3-48 for Malpas, then starred with the bat. He scored 58no, putting on an unbroken third-wicket stand worth 80 with Cameron Park (44no) as Malpas reached 139-2.
While Malpas were beating Weaverham, Alvanley were busy claiming a thrilling win at OAKMERE.
The visitors batted first and were soon struggling at 28-3.
Alvanley were rescued when Glenn Pickersgill (44no) joined Jon Farmer (110no) at the crease, the pair putting on 125 as Alvanley declared on 183-4.
Oakmere made a real fight of their replay, but came up just short on 169ao as Robin Fisher bagged 4-46 and Nick Geddis 4-52.
In Division Two, third-placed CHOLMONDELEY are very much in the promotion frame. They ended KINGSLEY’S five-match unbeaten run on Saturday, bowling them out for 71.
After winning the toss, Kingsley had batted first and managed to restrict the home side to 137-8 (Peter Pearce 3-48, Andy Storey 4-31). But Chum’s bowlers ensured the win was never in danger.
Lowly BARROW (95ao) lost at home to Lindow 122ao.