OAKMERE’S promotion aspirations suffered a blow on Saturday as they lost second spot to Davenham and fell even further behind runaway leaders Alvanley.

Andy Bennion’s table-toppers now hold a 44-point lead at the top of Division One thanks to a comprehensive win at Prestbury.

But the race for second spot took on a different complexion after Davenham leapfrogged Oakmere into second, courtesy of a thumping win at Overdale Lane.

Davenham batted first and were all out for 179 in 44.3 overs, Michael Cushion taking 5-54.

In reply, Oakmere were skittled out for 70 in 30 overs as only two players reached double figures.

Over at Prestbury’s picture postcard ground, ALVANLEY triumphed despite losing the toss and being asked to field first.

Chris Charles and Lee Ainsworth bowled beautifully from one end without getting any luck, while Robin Fisher churned out quality over after quality over from the other end, picking up wickets with regularity.

Prestbury were always behind the clock but a couple of late cameos took them to 142-6, Fisher ending with 5-35.

Alvanley faced a tough start to their response with both Prestbury openers getting plenty of sideways movement.

A big-hitting 48 from skipper Bennion set Alvanley on their way while Chris Jones, coming in at number three, struck some lovely fours through the covers on his way to 44.

Steve Charles hit his first ball for four to take Alvanley to victory on 146-4.

In Division Two, basement side BARROW fell just short of their victory target at Aston and now need a run of wins to take them clear of danger.

On winning the toss, the visitors decided to bowl first on a damp looking track.

With the score on 82-4 after only 16 overs, Barrow turned to the spin of Nick Mumford and the in-form bowler did not disappoint, taking a seven-wicket haul as Aston finished on 179ao.

Despite some excellent batting from Greg Russell and Aaron Williams, Barrow fell short in their reply of 164ao (Phil Noble 45).

While CHOLMONDELEY (203-8dec) were busy beating Mere (174ao), KINGSLEY gained maximum points from beating Winsford.

The victory was lead by Ben Pearce, who enjoyed an outstanding game with ball and bat.

With Winsford’s dangerous middle order batsman starting to build towards a challenging total, Pearce (5-36) dismissed them both in consecutive overs as the away side posted 148-9.

Together with opener Jamie Moores (29), Pearce (53) then kept the scoreboard ticking as Kingsley reached a winning 150-4 with four overs to spare (Alex Hatt 36no).