RUNCORN suffered an agonising home defeat to 10-man Marple in the Meller Braggins Cheshire League Division One despite a big effort from Iain Williams.
The Moughland Laners had made 174 all out with the visitors triumphing with two balls to spare at 178-8 - their last available batsman at the wicket.
Runcorn fielded in light rain for most of the innings and this handicapped their bowling.
Put in, Runcorn had quickly been reduced to 40-4 in the 12th over.
Only Mike Wakefield (21) prospered early on. But Williams (65) and Andy Booth (23) produced a stand of 93 which took Runcorn to 133-5 in the 31st over.
Steve Ollerenshaw (11) and Mark Cahill (20no) aided the cause.
Wickets for Marple went to J Crissell (4-15), D Parkinson (3-50) and A Greasby (2-53).
In reply, Marple lost their first wicket in the second over but batted steadily for the remainder with J Marshall (42no) and J Crissell (37) their leading scorers.
Jamie Hill took 2-24 and Jack Weston 2-35. Runcorn claimed nine points to Marple's 25.
Kingsley were dismissed for 48, their lowest total in living memory, at Wistaston in the Cheshire Alliance Division One.
The home side's bowlers took full advantage of a pitch showing unreliable bounce with Hogben claiming the last seven wickets to finish with 8-21.
Wistaston successfully responded in 16 overs, losing only three - all to left-armer Adrian Burden.
Division Two's Frodsham were held at Trinity despite having much the better of the draw.
The visitors set 257-6 through J Lewis (34), B Large (103no) and M Williamson 51no.
Trinity reached 127-9 (J Cairns 4-60).