CASTROL'S bad luck with the coin continued to let them down against Wirral on Saturday - but they enjoyed better fortune with bat and ball.
As they hosted Wirral in Meller Braggins League Division Three, skipper Mark Evans once again lost the toss and the visitors decided to bat on a damp but drying wicket.
Two early wickets for Damian Walters (3-13) had Wirral wobbling on 20-3.
They then crumbled with Mike Caulfield taking 4-9 and Mike Garvey 2-12 as Castrol bombed them out for 49.
Batting conditions weren't easy, however, and the Oilmen were very cautious in their reply.
Rupert Millward (5) and Mike Garvey (2) struggled with the variable bounce as Evans (23) held firm.
When Richie Morrissey (4) and Evans were bowled by shooters from Peel (1-22) and Davies (1-18), Castrol began doubting their chances of victory despite needing just 12 runs with six wickets in hand.
Caulfield failed to trouble the scorers, but Darren Green (13no) crashed three consecutive boundaries to give the Oilmen the win with 53-5.
Skipper Evans said: 'It was always going to be a difficult game and we were surprised when we were invited to bowl first.
'There was a bit of a wobble and with our history of chasing small totals it was to be expected.'
On Saturday, second-placed Castrol travel to Northwich, one of three teams in joint second.
* Castrol finally played their delayed Twenty20 Knockout game against Meller Braggins Division One side Cholmondeley last Friday.
Castrol, true to form, lost the toss but their batting was solid and their innings closed on 91-7.
Staring defeat in the face the Oilmen had their work cut out but a flurry of wickets left Chums on 57-4 with six overs left.
Mike Garvey and Martin Flanagan cleaned up as Castrol completed their giant-killing act.
Castrol's reward is an away quarter-final against Division One side Runcorn tomorrow.
* 'A game of two halves' is rarely a phrase associated with cricket, but that is exactly how Gareth Boys saw Ellesmere Port's home match against high-flying Disley.
Their Cheshire Alliance Division Two game saw Disley win the toss and put Port in to bat.
The hosts then slumped to 100ao with only Nick Brimble putting on any kind of score with 31.
'Going in for tea the players and I were fuming,' said Port skipper Boys. 'But when we got into the field we realised what a good score 100 was and how vital Nick's knock was.'
The home side ripped through the young Disley line-up, Paul Betteridge taking 7-17 as they were bowled out for 48.
Port are now 10 points from the top of the table and play leaders Wilmslow Wayfarers away on Satu rd ay.