KEY batsmen and bowlers shared the responsibility as Widnes returned to winning ways in a nine-wicket romp against visiting Chester Boughton Hall.
Bappa Mukherjee took 5-76 from 19.3 overs as Chester were dismissed for just 158 on a perfect batting wicket, with Shahid Mahboob (4-51) producing a mammoth 23-over effort in the humid conditions.
Opener Steve Titchard was then unbeaten on 95no and number three Phil Catterall finished 40no as Widnes clinched a welcome second win of the Murray Smith County League ECB Premier Division season, claiming maximum points.
Chester, electing to bat, had despatched Sean Moore's first three overs for 21.
But Mukherjee had Goodwin playing on in his first over. Mahboob similarly accounted for Roberts (24) and when Sean Moore's direct hit ran out Owen, Boughton Hall fell to 51-3.
Mukherjee had Yates caught behind by skip-per Ian Spencer, making it 56-4, but Ogilby (56) survived a confident appeal for a slip catch to put on 68 with Bennion (19). With the fall of Ogilby, Chester's innings lost momentum.
Widnes openers James McCoy and Titchard put on 43 before McCoy (18) was dismissed, playing across the line. Neither Titchard nor Catterall offered any chances.
Widnes visit Oxton this Saturday and will have plenty of travelling support in Sunday's Cock-spur Cup regional final at Darwen. The 2nds host Oxton at Beaconsfield Road on Saturday. nRuncorn had a player reaching the century mark for a second successive Meller Braggins Cheshire League Division One game.
Veteran Andy Booth made 104no as the hosts amassed 228-3 in 45 overs. And Adam Southern accounted for four of the top-five batsmen as Barrow were dismissed for 96.
Home skipper Jamie Hill captured the final wicket with three balls to spare.
Barrow soon regretted their decision to field as Booth and in-form David Moore (72) put on 143 for the first wicket. Mark Cahill, having reached three figures last week, smashed 27.
With teenagers Jack Weston and Steven Sheakey bowling full and straight, Barrow made little headway. Good catches by Iain Williams, Cahill and Moore and a direct-hit runout by Steve Ollerenshaw stunned Barrow.
Runcorn U13s went down by four wickets at home to Moorfield.
The hosts made 82-6 off their 25 overs (Colin Wright 25no, Matthew Drury 18, Luke Batters 10). Moorfield reached the target despite wickets for Wright, Jack Shaw and Jack Wignall.
Runcorn U15s drew at Moorfield, who had hit 104-7 off their 25 overs.
Martin Mcloughlin (2-17), Jonjo Moran (2-27) and Matthew Foster (1-10), all off five overs, were best Runcorn bowlers.
Runcorn matched their opponents' score thanks to McLoughlin (33), Stuart Drury (21) and Josh Bury (19). nMoorfield lost heavily at Skelmersdale and didn't secure any points in the Merseyside and Southport Cricket Alliance's Division Two.
This enabled Skem to leapfrog Moorfield into second place. At least leaders Old Xaverians beat fourth-placed Sutton to prevent Moorfield dropping another rung.
The 2nds lost again - at Hale. Saturday sees the firsts host mid-table Mawdesley and the seconds go to Wavertree. nA tough decision brought a cruel end to Alvanley's unbeaten start to the Meller Brag-gins season, although they are still perched proudly on top of Division Two.
Scores were level with one ball to go. The CH Ladybridge batsman swung and missed, the ball was returned to Pearce to run out the nonstriker - but the umpire called a wide.
Alvanley had recovered from the loss of three early wickets to close on 196-9 off 45 overs, with Cei Sanderson (37) and Nick McKay (81) leading the rescue for maximum batting points.
With six down, Ladybridge got 70 off the last 10 overs.
Alvanley 2nds suffered their fourth consecutive defeat after posting just 149 (Simon Gree 36, Reg Haslam 25 and Mike Sant 24) at home to Old Parkonians, who cruised home in 31 overs with seven wickets to spare.
Chelford captain Paul Weston (81no) was again Kingsley's nemesis in the Cheshire Alliance Division One.
Kingsley skipper Mark Butcher, on winning the toss, hit a majestic 88. Radley (33 on debut) and Jonny Ollier (27no) took Kingsley to 214-5 dec and Adrian Burden (3-41) removed Chelford's openers.
But Aussie Weston survived a dropped catch and a run-out chance to win the game with three overs left.
Kingsley batted out for a draw against Chelford, who hit 259-8 (Manslow 149).
Harrison's quick 32 gave Kingsley hope but it was safety first from Ainsworth (50no) and Ashley (19no) in the last 17 overs.