AFTER being denied the chance of a league victory by the elements on Saturday, Widnes eased into their National Cup group semi-final with a comfortable win over Wallasey of the Liverpool Competition at the Oval.
Sunday's play was also marred by rain but in a stop-start innings, Widnes scored 216-8 from 45 overs.
Richard Evans hit 69no, ably assisted in an unbroken 103-run part-nership with Steve Walton (33no).
With light fading, Wallasey were given a revised target of 97 runs in 20 overs.
But they were bowled out for 72. Steve Titchard took 4-29 off seven overs while all other bowlers - Dyson, Mahboob, Moore and Mukherjee - were among the wickets. Widnes will now face Bramhall in a NW Group Six semi on Sunday, June 12.
Saturday's Murray Smith Cheshire County League game at home to Christleton had been restricted to 88 overs and there was not enough time for Widnes to mount a serious push.
The hosts had elected to field only for Christleton to rack up 223-4 off 44 overs - Ratcliffe making 53 and Khan, having been dropped twice, contributing 78.
Mukherjee was the only bowler of note, taking 2-58 in 18 overs.
When play restarted, the target of 223 stood but the hosts had only 24 overs to get them in.
Openers Steve Titchard and James McCoy showed 223 might be gettable by scoring 67 off seven overs before rain returned. nWidnes 2nd team's game against Timperley was cut short to 82 overs, again because of rain.
Widnes, on losing the toss, were put into the field. They restricted Timperley to 143 off 41 overs Kevin Dyson bowling tightly.
After a further rain delay after tea, Widnes had only 37 overs to get 143 runs but scraped across the line with three balls to spare. Richard Evans scored a hard-earned 49. nWidnes visit reigning champions Bowdon on Saturday.
The 2nd XI entertain Bowdon with the same club also visiting on Sunday for Widnes 3rd's first home game. nWidnes visit Warrington on Wednesday (June 1) in the JW Lees Fred Graham 20/20 trophy first round.
Meanwhile, the first team's home Cheshire Cup first round tie against Cheadle Hulme is pencilled in for Sunday, May 29 or Sunday, June 5. nSteve Titchard is to captain the Murray Smith Cheshire County League's representative XI in the President's Trophy this season.
The games start with a tie against the Southport & District League at Upton on Sunday, June 12.
Cheshire also open their 2005 programme on June 12 when they meet Wales in the second round of the Minor Counties Cup at Nantwich.