NATHAN Dumelow is billing Oulton Park's Premier Division clash with Hyde tomorrow as their biggest game of the season so far.
The Park skipper acknowledges the big Little Budworth contest will be a tough match - but he is hoping his third-placed side can leapfrog their visitors by building on last Saturday's impressive triumph at Christleton.
Dumelow said: 'I was pleased with our win over Christleton and it was definitely the best we have played this season.
'We drew twice with Hyde last season and this time we are looking to go one better.
'It's our biggest game of the season so far and we are looking forward to it.'
At Little Heath last Saturday, Park won at a canter, despite 24 overs being lost to the weather.
Newcomer paceman Robin Taylor - who played for Sheffield United in the Yorkshire Premier League - made his bow with 4-26.
Taylor has just moved to Northwich and found himself sitting next to Oulton seconds' skipper Mark Johnson at work.
He initiated Christleton's collapse to 74-9, but their innings rallied. David Jones (2-19), Stewart Eaton (1-21), John Davies (1-17) and Ben Spendlove (1-17) complemented Taylor.
Chris Bassano (52 not out) and Spendlove (35) urged Oulton to victory with Dumelow adding an un-beaten 18.
CHRISTLETON captain Jim Gill-son, who made a half-century against Park, is hoping his side will bounce back with a win at home to high-flying Widnes tomorrow.
He said: 'We didn't bat well last week. Oulton Park were better and deserved to win.
'We need to get into that winning habit after a stop-start opening to the season and I'm looking for us to do that against Widnes.'
Lancashire player Simon Marshall made a claim for the April/May 'performance of the month' award in NESTON'S eight-wicket win against bottom team Toft at Parkgate on Saturday.
The Knutsford team struggled to post 145 off 60 overs after slumping from 81-1 (Andy Bones 49), Neston's spin attack of Marshall and Dave Collyer both claiming 4-44.
Marshall went on to dominate Neston's reply so completely that, after entering the fray at 8-1, he finished just one short of an unbeaten century out of 147-2 inside 36 overs.
Brad Donellan (24) shared an un-broken third-wicket stand worth 104.
Neston face a stern test when they travel to leaders Bowdon tomorrow.
In Division One, CHESTER BOUGHTON HALL are aiming to regain top spot when they entertain basement club Alsager.
Hall did not play last Saturday due to the weather, allowing nearest rivals Urmston to move 13 points clear at the top.
But captain Steve Ogilby is hopeful they can return to the summit.
He said: 'I was disappointed to be knocked off the top but if we can win against Alsager and Urmston and Poynton cancel each other out it could all change again.
'If we are serious about promotion we need to beat the bottom placed team.'
In Division Two, MALPAS suffered a wash-out in their home meeting with Mobberley on Saturday. Johnny Suckley's team are at Middlewich tomorrow.