KINGSLEY lost touch with the pacesetters in Division One after being beaten by Hartford in a nail-biting encounter on Saturday.

Hartford chose to bat first and struggled thanks to long probing spells from Dave Whyke (3-38) and Matty Ollier (4-41).

Only Ben Stott managed to build a decent score (37) before the visitors were dismissed for a below-par 123.

Benefiting from pre-match practice in Kingsley's newly repaired mobile net, John Elliott (25) again led the run chase, but only Matty Ollier (28) was able to give him any support.

Three big sixes from Rob Massey (21)[20ac]at the end gave Kingsley hope, but he was dismissed by Rob Whittle (4-28) as the innings ended on a paltry 110.

At FRODSHAM, the home side beat Barclays Radbroke Hall by 57 runs. Frodsham batted first and made 216-7 wickets with James Burton making 32, Ben Large 60 and Gavin Houghton 50.

Radbroke Hall were bowled out for 159, Large following up his superb display the previous week by claiming 4-27.

BUNBURY defeated visitors Holmes Chapel by seven wickets. Holmes Chapel were bowled out for 98 and Bunbury were relatively untroubled as they reached 101-3 (Ben Camber 50no).

In Division Two, SAUGHALL once again came out second best in a tight match, losing in a last-over thriller at Heaton Mersey Village.

The day started on a positive note when skipper Chris Andrews won his first toss of the season and opted to bat first, but Saughall soon found themselves reeling at 96-5.

It required an excellent 47-run stand between Ben Salisbury (35) and the evergreen Les Perkins (11no) to help Saughall to 176-7.

An impressive opening stand seemed to pave the way for a comfortable HMV victory, but Saughall fought back and had the hosts 92-3 by the 26-over stage.

HMV battled on and were left needing to score 12 runs off the final 12 balls.

Saughall then chose the worst possible time to display nerves, shelling two straightforward chances as the home team gamely swung their way to victory in the final over. Les Perkins took 1-32 and James Huxley 2-35.

In Division Three, Sandbach 2nds drew with CAPENHURST. Sandbach batted first and posted 226-8 before Cape reached 208-7 in re ply.