SECOND-placed Chester Boughton Hall are quietly confident going into tomorrow's CD Bramall League Division One game against third-placed Poynton as they make their bid for promotion.

Key player Robin Fisher is out as is in-form bowler David Atkin, along with George Robinson. Coming in are James Powell, Nick Massey and Jack Yates.

Skipper Steve Ogilby said: 'We'll watch out for Charlie Lamb but man for man we're stronger. We want to make sure they don't close the gap.'

Hall banked 25 points from a 32-run win at Heaton Mersey last Saturday, when they took a gamble by declaring after only 36 overs on 227-2 (Heath Pritchard 132no, Ogilby 69no).

Left with 64 overs, Heaton Mersey batted

61.2 of them before being bowled out for 195 (David Atkin 4-41, Alex Kegg 3-37).

In Division Two, MALPAS were left to rue a dropped catch in their home draw with Irby.

The visitors' talented Indian batsman Vishal Sharma was put down in the first over but went on to score an unbeaten 131 to help his team to a 15-9 winning draw.

Veteran ex-Birkenhead Park opener Andy Hurworth turned back the years with a well-played 50 as he shared in an opening stand worth 129 in Irby's 248-5.

Malpas replied with 183-6, with David Tong making an unbeaten 83.