CHRISTLETON'S second string warmed up for this weekend's top-of-the-table clash with leaders Grappenhall with a hard-fought draw at home to Burnage.

The visitors were first to bat but were restricted in their bid to set a high target by the fine bowling of Brian Wareing (3-60).

In reply, Christleton got off to a horror start as they slumped to 35-3. But a composed knock from Mike Hollindale (53) and a classy 41 not out from James Clulow steadied the ship before bad light brought the game to a premature end.

Christleton's third team were forced to settle for a draw against Upton despite setting a tough target of 246-7 (Lamb 118no).

The visitors dug in and, after surviving some nervy moments, clinched the draw with 221-8 (Chris Hollindale 2-33).

CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL thirds slumped to defeat at Neston after the hosts set a target of 251-7 (Simon Lodge 2-31).

In response, Hall had no answer to the Neston bowling attack as they found themselves all out for 132 (Dave Fisher 22).

TATTENHALL'S seconds cruised to a 22-point victory at home to Oakmere.

The visitors were first to bat and were blown away by some amazing bowling from Bob Knight, who took five wickets, and Keith Owen (1-2) to leave them all out on 130.

The home side made short work of their target with Tim Salt (62no) and Ray Hunt (32no) firing them to a well earned win.

Tattenhall thirds amassed 294-4 in just 38 overs at Nantwich with Matt Williams (128) and Ben Cooke (75) in superb form.

The bowlers were in impressive form too, with Chris Cottier taking three wickets and Andrew Atkinson taking five, including a hat-trick, to leave the visitors all out for 61.

ALVANLEY seconds continued their good form with a solid performance at home to Hale Barns.

The visitors posted 230-4 but 92 from Andy Senior and 84no from Simon Gee secured the victory in the last over.