Winsford 207-6 Barrow 206-6
WINSFORD completed the double over Barrow and made a confident step towards the First Division.
Their bowlers took three quick wickets, but could not maintain the momentum and Barrow went on to make a challenging total. Mike Clarke (3-46), Mark Dean (2-46) and Chris Brandon (1-14) were the wicket takers.
Clarke went on to win the Wharton Cons Club man-of-the-match award for his all-round contribution, after hitting an unbeaten 76, including the winning runs. The consistent Jonathan Phillips got the innings off to a steady start with 35, but the winning partnership was between Clarke and fellow junior Ant Ollier who had opened the batting and eventually went for 51.
Winsford won a thriller on Sunday against Manchester based Mob X. Andrew Washington top scored with 78 and James Tierney hit 46 in Winsford's 186-7 and the Knight's Grangers then bowled out the visitors for 178 with an over to spare (Craig Webb 2-27, Tony Durston 2-33, Phil Jones 3-20).
Davenham 185-5 Weaverham 183-8dec
DAVENHAM recovered from 75-4 to win the Butcher's Stile First Division derby which left Weaverham in deep relegation trouble.
But openers Dave Holden and Lucas Fraser (62) gave them a positive start and they were on an impressive 91 before Holden (56) was caught off Andy Floyd. Floyd (5-45) and Paul Jackson (3-39) starred with the ball for Davenham.
Despite Dave Ashley's 31 Davenham struggled until Jackson (52no) dispelled their doubts, putting on 40 with Ben Gough (25) and whisking his team to victory. Jamie Allen took 3-69.
Weaverham 2nds tailed off at home to Mere, who set a challenging 237-7 (Gordon Allen 2-32). Paul Lightfoot top scored with 64, Richard Goodier hit 55 and Neil Gerrard 33, but Weaverham were bowled out for 199.
Oakmere 240-6 Runcorn 195ao
PAUL Hutchinson scored his first century as Oakmere piled on the runs to beat Runcorn.
His magnificent unbeaten 104 found family support from cousin Phil Nelson (63).
Andy Beswick then starred with the ball, finishing with superb figures of 5-42.
Oakmere 2nds were made to regret not batting out their overs at Runcorn.
They only made 151ao (Saeed Kara 73, Steve Percival 23) but were still hopeful as Runcorn slumped to 79-5, thought they escaped to win at 155-8 (Mike Cushion 4-22, Eddie Gibson 2-53, John Crouchley 2-28).
Barnton 181-7dec Pott Shrigley 183 - 0
Barnton failed to make the most of an excellent batting and track and lost to Shrigley at Broomsedge.
Steve Yarwood got Barnton's innings off to a bright start with 46 but, although several others made promising starts, none were able to make a big score and the innings closed on an insubstantial total.
Barnton's bowlers toiled in vain to make a breakthrough but Pott's openers scored steadily to win the match with over five overs to spare.
The reverse 2nds' fixture produced the opposite outcome.
Shrigley declared on 165-7 against the tight bowling of Darren Falland (3-33).
Barnton raced to their winning total of 166-3 thanks to Keith Noden (42no), Richard Watkins (32) and Matt Thurwell (20no).
Northwich 252-6 Stretton 175
NORTHWICH'S fourth successive score over 200 added further weight to their Division Two promotion campaign at Moss Farm.
Andy Gerrard (33) and 24 from Lee Evans gave Northwich a base on which captain John O'Sullivan (72) and John Hughes (57) built.
Bowling out Stretton in the conditions was a difficult proposition, but Jimmy Kimber - back in action after 22 months out injured, took his second wicket leaving Stretton vulnerable on 46-3.
They were 115-8 after 25 overs and Northwich's attacking field won the day as Stretton look likely to play out the draw. Nick Shaw took the last man and returned figures of 5-12.
Northwich 2nds 150-3 won at Bowdon Vale 148-6.
Mike McDonagh (2-10) and Mark Plant (2-23) returned the best figures. Paul Alcock opened with 51 but the match-winning stand of 58 was forged by Sam Naylor (68) and McDonough.
Juniors: Under 9s - Northwich beat Weston by 106 runs (James Gittings 24no and 3-7, Matthew Dufty 16no, Sam Rushworth 13no, Jack Callaghan 2-9); U11s - Northwich A lost to Middlewich by 11 runs; Northwich B lost to Appleton; U13s - Nantwich 132-3 Northwich 133-2 (Danny East 32no, Ryan Cammack 30no, James Plant 23no); U15s - Northwich (Mike Whitehead 42no) lost to Grappenhall by eight wickets; U18s - Northwich beat Winnington Park by seven wickets.