Wilmslow 266-2 Davenham 268-6
DAVENHAM rejoined the promotion hunters despite a player shortage meaning they had to promote five second teamers.
Their decision to ask Wilmslow to bat looked astute as one opener retired hurt and another was caught by Phil Sharple off Dave Ashley with only two runs on the board.
But that was as good as it got for the Davenham attack until Ashley (2-61) took another wicket in the last over.
In reply, Louis Bentley had three partners before departing for 65 and he shared a stand of 64 with Ashley, who went on to make 58.
Davenham still needed 109 runs from 16 overs. Mark Spalding (60) and Sharple (34) built the score and the pressure was on 17-year-old Chris Hornby (22no) and Danny Fleming to usher in the victory which they did with three overs to spare.
A depleted Davenham 2nds, 119-5, beat Old Parkonians, 117ao, at Butcher's Stile. Tom Ar-gent took 2-22 and youngsters Hodgkinson (3-1) and Cookson (2-2) before Argent carried his bat for 57.
Juniors: Davenham U11s (Ben Gallagher 39) beat Winsford by 156 runs and knocked Kingsley out of the North Cheshire Cup semi-final by 20 runs.
Weaverham 171-8 Hale Barns 172-1
Weaverham's hopes of avoiding relegation dimmed a little more.
They were put into bat, fell to 30-3 and then fell short of a challenging total. In between, Jon Lightfoot (40) and Rob McMillan (67) but on 80 runs for the fourth wicket, but the revival did not last.
A strong Barns side easily overtook the Weaverham total losing only one wicket, to Lucas Fraser, in their run chase.
Rob McMillan bowled well and Weaverham's fielding was good but they were out of luck.
Third from bottom OAKMERE improved their position slightly, picking up three more points than Weaverham: Alvanley 242-7 Oakmere 228-8.
Weaverham 2nds, meanwhile, avoided defeat at Hale Barns, but let them off the hook. Barns recovered from 90-6 to 190-6 (Neil Gerrard 4-67). Weaverham salvaged a draw at 149-7 through Richard Goodier (55no) and Phil Harris (34).
Ashley 212-4 dec Winsford 157-7
Winsford remain in third place, but in a slightly weaker position ahead of Ashley who had the better of the draw, in Division Two.
At 30-3, Winsford's decision to ask Ashley to bat looked justified. But a dozen missed catches and stumpings - some of them easy - cost Winsford dearly. Even so the bowlers stuck at the task - Mark Dean bowling 12 overs for 1-25 - but the end of the innings could not come quickly enough for them.
Mike Clarke looked set for a big score and it was surprise and a blow when he was caught at
19. Barry Crellin was still at the crease, but other cheap wickets left Winsford facing defeat at 107-7. Chris Brandon and Chris Webb batted brilliantly to secure an inferior share of the points.
Winsford 2nds bowled out Knutsford for just 45 with Phil Dowman taking a remarkable 6-6, earning the man-of-the-match award. Chris Webb (2-7) and James Dean (2-7) joined in the feeding frenzy.
Andy Johnson (31no) and Mark Nicholas (12no) completed the formalities in double quick time, Winsford posting 47-0.
Barry Crellin smashed 96 in Sunday's friendly. Graham Smout added 46 and James Tierney 36 to Winsford 3rds' tally of 245ao. Julius Schinaza (3-9) and Phil Jones (2-14) bowled best as Ashton-on-Mersey were dismissed for 123.
BARNTON are still in trouble at the foot of the Division two table after a losing draw at Traf-ford MV, who declared at 195-8. Barnton tailed off at 172-6.
Offerton 239-8 Northwich 217-6
Northwich lost ground against the leaders in the Division Three promotion stakes.
While Scott Hayes returned 3-21 and Mike Brandon took three wickets, Northwich knew at tea they had conceded about 30 runs too many.
The Offerton opening bowlers were on the mark and it was not until late in the innings Northwich made their charge. Martyn East hit 63 and Brandon was unbeaten on 50, but the result leaves them on the fringe and needing to breathe life into their title challenge over the next two games.
Northwich 2nds, 130ao (Ant Shaw 33, Mike McDonough 29), were beaten by Pott Shrigley 175-6; Northwich 3rds 88-6 beat Capenhurst 84ao (James Dufty 2-5, Danny East 2-3).
Juniors: U9s - Northwich (James Gittings 20no, Scott Miles 23no and 3-3, Matthew Dufty 3-3) beat Crewe by 93 runs; Under 11s - North-wich A lost to Middlewich by 20 runs; U13s beat Cheadle Hulme by nine wickets.