MALPAS had to settle for a draw in their Division One match at Runcorn, who were restricted to 137ao with Dave Hunt taking 3-22 and Australian Peter Baker 2-32.
Malpas struggled in reply and were 111-9 at the close, Johnny Suckley scoring 24 and Neil Smith 21.
But they did better in the Village KO on Sunday, posting 241-8 against Burton (Wirral) with Keith Ricketts hitting 91.
In reply, Burton were dismissed for 151, Suckley taking 3-32.
Malpas seconds were bowled out for 171 by Runcorn on Saturday, teenager Eddie Barlow top-scoring with his second successive 50. Mark Humphreys added 41 and Neil Bradley 34.
Runcorn had no answer to the Malpas bowling, sent back for 86, thanks to Martin Punnett with 4-23 and Dave Parry with 4-17. Malpas are at home to Sale tomorrow.
Alvanley's first visit to the infamous Burnage ground ended in a tense finish. The hosts, who had been promoted last season, posted 168-7 against an Alvanley attack led by James Rawlinson, bowling impressively after years out of the game as he took 6-42 from two excellent spells.
This total was heavily boosted by opening batsman Sajid Mahmood's 65, but he was incredibly lucky not to have been given out without scoring.
Despite the heavy roller being sent out during tea to try to flatten divots in the pitch, Alvanley were soon in trouble at 21-4 against the seam of Parvez and Baig.
At 66-5 after 25 overs, Alvanley were well adrift and needed to continue to raise the pace significantly. They had started to make an impression through Andy Senior with Nick Hawking (21), who fell with the score on 77, and the momentum was continued by Chris Fletcher (20) as 57 runs were scored off 10 overs which meant they needed 46 off the last 10 overs to win.
Baig's second spell saw him pick up the last three batsmen cheaply to leave Senior stranded on 52no with the total on 146. Alvanley host Wilmslow tomorrow.
Alvanley's seconds had a resounding win at home to Old Parkonians. New recruits John Farmer (50) and Steve Liddiard (28no), supported by Reg Haslam (27), Mark Szymura (34) and Peter French (21no), posted 181-5 declared and the visitors were quickly demolished for 49 by French (4-8), Paul Ecclestone (2-10) and Javed Qaisar (3-10).
Cholmondeley's Ed Middleton hit a magnificent 101, but it didn't prevent a four-wickets defeat at home to Barrow.
Playing flamboyant shots to all parts of the ground, and with good support from Duncan Lloyd (35), he reached his century with one ball left with Cholmondeley finishing on an excellent 187-6.
The Barrow openers Nick Bell and Matt Harman made steady progress, with Harman again looking in fine form with some classy shots, the partnership reaching 63 before the dismissal of Harman.
With Bell growing in confidence and hitting a series of fours, Barrow were comfortably placed on 105-2, but a series of run-outs and poor shot selections saw them crumble to 107-6.
Barrow batters John Williams and Mal Barrow had other ideas and built an excellent partnership, including lusty sixes.
The game was soon turned with Barrow reaching the required total with three overs to spare, Williams finishing on 44no and Barrow 30no.
Barrow hope to maintain this form at home to Pott Shrigley tomorrow.
In the second-team match, Barrow scored 196-8 and Cholmondeley responded with an impressive 99no from Andrew Scorer, supported by skipper Mal Holman (38no) in a seven-wickets victory. And 13-year-old Andrew Dyne brought himself to the attention of the Cheshire selectors with an impressive 30.