SATURDAY'S eagerlyawaited Meller Braggins Cheshire League derby at Moughland Lane ended in a disappointing stalemate.
Runcorn scored 136 all out from 45 overs on a slow, low wicket which wasn't conducive to strokeplay.
In reply, Alvanley showed no inclination to go for the runs, although at 19-5 after 23 overs, there was only survival to aim for.
Steve Ollerenshaw sent down 11 of an amazing 27 maidens by Runcorn and picked up 3-9 from his 15. Jamie Hill was similarly accurate and returned 3-7 from his 10 overs, including seven maidens.
As the two bowlers tired, however, Alvanley were able to bat out the final overs despite the loss of eight wickets.
Tony White and Jack Weston took one victim each.
Peter Pearce scored 15no of Alvanley's 43-8 - he had earlier accounted for Runcorn's last four batsmen to finish with 5-39 of 16 overs.
After being asked to bat by Alvanley skipper Glen Pickershill, Runcorn batted steadily to 103-5 in the 37th over before a collapse which could have been even more dramatic but for late efforts from Richard Yates (12) and Steve Foster (9no)
However, Bobby Hough with 41 and Mark Cahill (22) were the main men with the bat for Runcorn.
Runcorn claimed 11 points from to the away side's five. Alvanley 2nds XI batted first at home to Knutsford.
Reg Haslam anchored the innings with 76.
He partnered Colin Gee (42) for an opening stand of 90 and then put on 68 for the second wicket with teenager Nick Geddes (25).
Mike Sant added 20 to allow Alvanley to declare at 202-5 after 44 overs. Alvanley bowlers were much too good for Knutsford's batsmen.
Peter French claimed 4-37, Robbie Roan 2-37, Chris Jones 2-15 and Javed Qaiar 2-1 as the visitors were demolished for 92 (33 overs).