WARREN Goodwin decided not to let Premier Division champions Oulton Park rest on their laurels when they visited Chester Boughton Hall on Saturday.
He starred with both bat and ball as Hall earned a creditable draw at Filkins Lane in the final match of the season.
Opening the bowling, Goodwin dismissed the prolific Johnny Kettle with just the second ball of the match for a duck.
He struck again six overs later to remove Ben Spendlove and when Nathan Dumelow shouldered arms and was bowled in the same over, the champions – who had tied up the title the previous week – were reeling at 17-3.
At 83-6 there was the possibility of an upset, but youngsters Jimmy Guest and Ben Gough set about restoring order as they put on 60 for the sixth wicket.
Skipper Dumelow opted to use up the full 60 overs, and a flurry of runs saw Guy Emmett close with Park on 228-9.
Goodwin finished with 3-25 from nine overs and Alex Kegg took 3-71.
Goodwin then starred with the bat as he and Matt Griffiths put on 89 for the first wicket. But he fell for 44 and when Griffiths went on 43, wickets began to fall regularly.
With the fielders on the boundary, Steve Ogilby’s men shut up shop and took the draw on 197-7.
Returning to form after a critical bad patch which scuppered their title hopes, NESTON beat Bowdon by two wickets in a stirring final game at Parkgate to clinch runners-up spot.
Neston replied with 229-8 (Jack Smith 80, Chris Hackett 54, Stan Clifford 43no) after restricting old rivals Bowdon to 228-6 (Jon Farrow 4-34).
Relegated CHRISTLETON signed off on a losing note at Alderley Edge, where Indian batting star Sohail Rauf’s magnificent innings of 143 propelled his side to 306-9 declared.
Paul Allen toiled away for an admirable 4-111 before Christleton were dismissed for 216, Guy Newell and Paul Allen both making 45.
In Division Two, TATTENHALL kicked relegation strugglers Congleton into touch.
The hosts put Congleton in first and Andrew Morris made an early breakthrough with his first new ball spell.
Despite some excellent bowling from pace ace Damian Lewis and Gary Forster, the visitors rallied. But spinner Mel Dobson took 3-32 from 17 overs, leaving the visitors on 176-9.
Tattenhall quickly found themselves on 55-2 but cool heads John Gibbon and Barry Mitchell put on 70.
The middle-order finished the job with more than an over to spare, with Andy Morris on 17 and Graham Harper 11no.