DAVENHAM were within two overs and one wicket of beating First Division leaders Tattenhall.
Openers Louis Bentley (71) and Dave Ashley (61) attacked the home bowling for 26 overs taking the score to 135 before both were caught off Mel Dobson in the same over.
Neil Murray, a former Tattenhall player, then joined Mark Greaves at the crease, and both made 18 before Paul Jackson's 36 not out ensured Davenham posted the highest score by any of Tattenhall's visitors this season.
In the field, Dean Jackson took 5-35 as victory came within Davenham's sights only for the home side's obstinacy to thwart Davenham's challenge.
Meanwhile, Tattenhall 2nds amassed 182 all out (Mike Burgess 3-28, Andy Simmons 3-45) to beat Davenham 159ao (Tom Argent 45, Chris Hornby 35).
Prestbury 144-2 Oakmere 237-7
SKIPPER Paul Yearsley hit 53 and Paul Guildford top scored with 54 as Oakmere set a big target, but rain forced two short breaks before ending matters altogether with the match finely balanced.
But the sun shone at Oakmere where the 2nds collected their first win of the campaign.
Put in to bat Oakmere scored 191-7 dec with Saeed Kara (56) doing best with supporting knocks coming from Steve Percival (36 no), Mike Cushion (21) and Nick Porter (20).
Prestbury were eventually dismissed for 85, Cushion boasting figures of 5-21.
Weaverham 181ao Cholmondeley 193-7dec
RELEGATION battlers Weaverham were hoping for a second successive win but a batting collapse halted their progress.
With the ball, Aussie Lucas Fraser took 4-40 and Rob McMillan's figures of 2-40 were the pick as the Chums declared on 193-7.
Dave Holden (55) gave the Weaverham innings a great start. But a middle-order collapse meant they fell short of their target.
Weaverham 2nds picked up only their second victory at the expense of fellow strugglers Castrol.
Kenny Roberts (6-36) and Rob Hard-ley (3-21) were the stars as Castrol were bowled out for 117. Weaverham scored 118-7 thanks to Gordon Allen (32no) and Rod Stitch (31).
Trafford 167ao Winsford 180ao
WINSFORD improved their promotion prospects at the expense of Trafford's, in Division Two.
Their hosts had previously beaten leading duo Ashton-on-Mersey and Pott Shrigley and they were in a strong position as Winsford slumped to 38-4.
Young all-rounder Mike Clarke eventually fell for 67 with the score on 121, having hit seven boundaries and three massive sixes.
Winsford still needed lots more runs and chief supplier was Gareth Whitney (28).
In the field, Mark Dean and James Tierney had early success and reduced Trafford to 50-4.
When Trafford were struggling on 128-7 victory looked simple.
But the home side fought back and were just 13 short of Winsford's total when skipper Johnathan Phillips claimed two wickets.
Dean took 4-60, Clarke 2-32 and Phillips 2-11.
Winsford 2nds also boosted their promotion hopes, by beating Pott Shrigley at home.
The visitors batted well for 219-3dec, with James Dean returning 2-38 in only his second senior match.
Shrigley declared after 43 overs giving Winsford an extra two and they proved crucial.
By the 26th over Winsford were a nervous 86-5, but James Bland (77) and Dean (57) shared a partnership of 110 and forged a route to victory at 222-8. They needed 24 off the last six overs and overcame self-inflicted worries as two more wickets fell. nBarnton scored 179-5dec but their match was ended by rain with Bowdon Vale 88-4.
Lindow 227-8 Northwich 228-4
NORTHWICH climbed into the top half of Division Three and may be thinking about a promotion shot with victory at Lindow.
Andy Gerrard hit a fantastic 89, which included three runs glanced off his head.
He shared a 12-over 93-run part-nership with John O'Sullivan (51) after Mark Phillips (24) had got the innings off to a solid start to enable Martyn East and John Hughes to see the job through.
Northwich 2nds beat Wirral 2nds at home.
Nigel Goolding took 3-31 and Lee Evans rediscovered his form in making an unbeaten 87.
Northwich 178-6 (Goolding 33) beat Wirral 177-8 (Mike Whitehead 3-19) by four wickets.