ALVANLEY maintained their unbeaten record in Division One with a fighting draw at Northwich on Saturday.
Asked to bowl first in blustery conditions Rob Fisher took 4-51 as the hosts returned to the pavilion with 165-7.
Alvanley’s reply began disastrously. Andy Bennion and Ben Pearce were both run-out in single figures and were soon joined in the pavilion by Jim Ackerley, Mark Szymura and Dave Shewring as Northwich turned the screw.
Ian Charles and Rob Fisher (17) occupied the crease well to take the score past 50 and with equal determination from Chris Fletcher (17no), Chris Charles and Lee Ainsworth an ugly draw was secured at 86-8.
BARROW just edged over the line at Davenham after the hosts set 92ao in difficult conditions.
The bowling of Mal Barrow and Brett Bala’c dominated the first innings, Barrow finishing with six wickets to his name.
The Barrow batting soon set about the Davenham attack. But with the score on 89-5 and the game virtually over, Bala’c was dismissed which led to four wickets tumbling for just three runs.
With the game tied and Barrow nine wickets down, Mal Barrow again came to the rescue, striding to the crease and dispatching the ball to the boundary, giving Barrow a deserved 20 points.
MALPAS found their rhythm batting first at Ashton-on-Mersey, but failed to finish off their hosts as their game ended in a draw.
Reduced to 20-3 early on, Malpas skipper Jon Suckley took the bull by the horns and added 67 alongside Keith Ricketts who scored a top class 103no to salvage the innings.
Despite the improved weather when Ashton came in to bat, they struggled due to fine bowling from Dave Hunt (5-33) and Jagath Magulagama (2-17).
Malpas added extra pressure towards the end of the innings but couldn’t get the final wicket as Ashton finished on 125-9.
In Division Two KINGSLEY were also unable to take the last wicket to give them a deserved victory over Alderley Park.
Inserted on a damp track, Kingsley lost only four wickets in posting 205 (Ed Leneghan 71, John Elliott 31, Chris Dolan 38no).
Alderley Park never looked likely to pass 200 and a spell of medium pace swing bowling from Adrian Burden (6-22), looked to be pointing the away side to victory. But errors in the field cost Kingsley dear as Alderley finished on 102-9.
CHOLMONDELEY (104-6) held on for a draw at Stockport (178-7dec).
CHESTER COUNTY OFFICERS were frustrated in Division Three as their scheduled clash at Wilmslow was called off due to an unfit pitch.
BUNBURY batted first and scored 116ao, but they lost to Cheadle Hulme Ladybridge, who scored 121-5.