TATTENHALL were made to work hard to deny Marple victory at Flacca Field on Saturday.
After winning the toss and asking Division One leaders Tattenhall to bat, the visitors set about their task and a low score looked to be on the cards until Barry Mitchell (29) steered the innings toward respectability.
Skipper Rob Mulvihill (29no) batted with the tail and helped see the hosts to 166-8.
Marple started positively in reply to Tattenhall's score.
The rain then came in, and the Marple innings was reduced to a minimum of 32 overs, increasing the required rate to five-an-over.
Gary Forster (6-77) mixed his bowling up well and an excellent run out from Graham Harper swung the momentum to the home side.
Marple's innings ended one run short on 165-9, Tattenhall showing some excellent spirit and fight to draw a game that Marple ought to have won.
ALVANLEY'S home clash with Oakmere ended in a draw.
Batting first, Alvanley struggled as only 61 runs came off the first 20 overs for the loss of both Nick McKay (14) and Cei Sanderson (10).
Andy Bennion (86) built a solid recovery with Glenn Pickersgill (72) and their excellent partnership of 144 enabled Alvanley to declare after 42 overs at 242-7.
In reply, Paul Guilford led Oakmere within site of victory before he was out for 75 with the score at 213-7.
Nick Geddis took a wicket in the last over, but Oakmere survived at 228-8.
Third-placed CHOLMONDELEY lost at Prestbury, who were all out for 186. Chums were knocked over for 111.
In Division Two, BARROW lost at home to Mere.
Barrow opted to bat first on a hard and flat track, expecting to make a large total.
Barrow started slowly and found themselves on 96-2 after 30 overs.
Mal Barrow's quickfire 35 helped the hosts to a below par 158ao.
Mere, in reply, were reduced to 14-2 after eight overs due to an excellent opening spell of bowling from Barrow and Phil Johnson (3-20).
At 106-6, Mere were struggling but they eventually managed to pass the Barrow total with four balls and two wickets to spare.
In Division Three, CASTROL fell to their sixth defeat in eight games at Knutsford.
Castrol, who entertain Holmes Chapel tomorrow, lost the toss at Knutsford and were invited to field in sweltering conditions.
The hosts made steady progress with Simon Brewsher (47) in good form before Mike Caulfield (4-23) took control to restrict Knutsford to 143-7.
In reply Castrol slumped to 111ao.