OAKMERE remain in danger of being relegated from Meller Braggins League Division One after they were on the end of a 57-run reverse at high-flying rivals Davenham on Saturday.

Visiting captain Pete Hutchinson reluctantly opted to bowl first on a soft, spongy surface which looked to favour the bowlers over the batsmen.

His pessimism proved correct as Davenham made an explosive start.

Mike Cushion (3-42) led the Oakmere attack, bowling with his usual consistent line and length, and Phil Nelson (3-38) and Nick Ball (1-41) also helped reduce the run rate.

The hosts made their way to 185-7 before a generous declaration gave Hutchinson’s side 50 overs to reach their target.

The reply did not start well as three early wicket were lost.

Rick Lyons (34) and Nick Ball (25) raised spirits but once they were dismissed Oakmere were polished off for 128.

Skipper Hutchinson said: “We were well beaten by the better side on the day.”

Barrow got their Division Three season back on track as they recorded a five-wicket victory at home to Disley, who fell for 83 and then were unable to prevent their hosts from making their way to 84-5.