NORTHWICH beat Woodford to remain in charge of the First Division.
The plan, to control the runs after asking their opponents to bat, seemed to have failed as Woodford reached 36-1 off seven overs.
But Ant Shaw (2-27 off 11 overs), Mark Wrench (2-20 off six) and Peter Gibbon (3-31 off 11) turned things around slowly and Woodford were dismissed for 151 in the 45th over.
At 50-2 in 17 overs, the result was in the balance but then some powerful stroke-play by John Hughes and Ant Shaw put on 72 in nine overs as they hit 13 fours and three sixes between them.
Hughes was out on 49 and Shaw carried his bat for 69, with Wrench hitting the winning runs - Northwich 152-5 - just as a downpour arrived.
Northwich overcame Appleton in the Cheshire Shield on Wednesday to line up a second-round tie against County Leaguers Tattenhall.
Appleton could not cope with the tight Northwich bowling and could only muster 89-5 from their 20 overs, Wrench taking 2-15 from his four overs.
Northwich made short work of chasing down the total, with last man John O'Sullivan's 22 getting the team to 91-4.
Teenage spinners Lee Evans (4-17) and Glinoj Cherian (3-10) destroyed Aston 2nds, who were all out for 77 in 27 overs, and kept Northwich 2nds top of the division.
They had made 196-8 with Andy Gerrard batting throughout for 91no and 13-year-old Chris Yearsley adding 27.
Northwich 3rds 105ao were beaten by Glazebury 2nds 149-9 (Mark Minton 3-41, Mark Plant 5-41).
Juniors: Northwich Under 9s lost to Alsager; Toft U18s 81-8 beat Northwich U18s 68ao (Lee Evans 34).
Another fine all-round team performance gave HARTFORD a sixth consecutive win on Saturday.
They sparkled in the gloom and rain at bottom club Trinity and now have a healthy lead.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Trinity batsmen were never comfortable as Graham Prew (4-39) nipped in for the early successes. Steady Brian Harkin again bowled well and picked up 5-40. Trinity were restricted to only 108-9 in their full 48 overs.
The match was subject to numerous rain interruptions, which hindered the Hartford reply, but they seemed masters of their own destruction after being reduced to 4-3 in the early stages of their reply.
Gaz Stokes and Martin Pickup set about the recovery, both scoring 35.
As the light went and more rain was imminent, Hartford got home by a winning margin of three wickets with only three overs to spare, at 110-7.