THE opening day of the Premier Division season saw Oulton Park humbled by Widnes in an astonishing game.
The Little Budworth hosts declared on a daunting 305-7, skipper Nathan Dumelow (141) and Danny Leech (68) enjoying a fourth-wicket stand worth 120.
Amazingly, Widnes hammered 311-8 to clinch the win. Roger Taylor (4-57) had the visitors wobbling on 230-8 at one stage, but an unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 81 saw Widnes home.
At Filkins Lane, CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL fought out an entertaining draw with NESTON.
Having been under pressure early on, Jim Gillson's young side battled well to bring themselves back and came within six runs of a dramatic win.
Chester’s heroes were old war horse Alex Kegg (5-42), Jack Yates, who scored a sparkling 66no, and Matt Griffiths, who took four stumpings on his first game as wicket-keeper.
The Parkgate men batted first and posted 185 (David Hurst 83, Warren Goodwin 3-25, Hayden Butterworth 1-28), having been 152-3 at one stage. New skipper Jack Smith chipped in with 54.
In reply, Boughton Hall fell just short of victory, the impressive Yates doing the most damage as the hosts finished on 180-8.
In Division One, CHRISTLETON drew at home to Cheadle Hulme, who edged the points 15-8. Hulme declared on 188-9 (Sean Young 4-90) before Christleton reached 136-9.
Sri Lankan Iroshan de Silva, so often a hero last season, top-scored with 53 as Ewan McCray took 4-28.
Cheshire take on Cumberland at Netherfield Cricket Club on Sunday in their first group match in this year's MCCA Knockout Trophy.
The squad includes Oulton Park’s Danny Leech, Ben Spendlove and Nathan Dumelow, as well as Chester Boughton Hall’s Warren Goodwin.