CHESTER County Officers maintained their Division One title push with a victory at Radbroke Hall on Saturday.
Championship rivals Bunbury, Wistaston and Stalybridge all lost, but Woodford won to go top.
At Radbroke, the hosts batted first after winning the toss.
They lost a wicket off the first ball, Chris Wright holding on to a catch off the bowling of Mikey Barrow, but went on to make 153.
Steve Johnson returned figures of 6-54 in stamina-sapping conditions, while Mike Rowlands claimed 3-44.
In reply, Tony Hattersley (0), Mike Rowlands (8) and Steve Holland (1) departed early to leave Chester on 43-3.
But the visitors rallied and went on to reach 154-5, Chris Wright (58), Steve Johnson (29no) and Tony Collard (20) in the runs.
KINGLSEY'S rollercoaster season continued as victory away at Norbury saw them bounce back up the table.
After skipper Mark Butcher won the toss and chose to bat, Kingsley opener John Elliott shared in a prosperous partnership of 120 with Kieron Ollier (63) who looked back to his assured best. Newcomer Jay Cart-lidge (30no) guided the innings to 200-6.
In reply, Norbury attacked recklessly from the off but were all out for 175.
Rob Massey claimed 3-44 in an impressive spell before Adrian Burden (5-49) returned to take the final two wickets.
Batting with a broken finger, Colin Roberts led ELLESMERE PORT towards a home victory that knocked BUNBURY off the summit.
Hitting his way to 73no, Roberts took the home side onto an unassailable 200-8, aided by 38 extras.
The lead was untroubled by a muted Bunbury response of 109 all out (Paul Isaacs 7-32, Andy Sayers 3-30).
In Division Two, SAUGHALL were left contemplating what might have been in their four-wicket defeat at the hands of Appleton.
The Chester team dropped both of the visitors' half-centurions on two separate occasions.
Saughall skipper James Huxley's decision to bat first looked flawed when Martin Huxley was caught behind for two.
Huxley (16) and Richard Tomlinson (30) steadied the ship and Chris Andrews weighed in with 74 to see his team to 176-6.
Appleton went on to make 177-6 (Andrews 3-36). Skipper Huxley lamented: 'We created plenty of chances in Appleton's innings but you just can't afford to give class batsmen two or three lives.'
At Audlem, their match with FRODSHAM was drawn. Frodsham batted first and made 259-4 (M Williamson 102, T Wilkinson 69no). In reply, Audlem reached 198-9.
In Division Three, hosts Capenhurst beat Kerridge by nine wickets. Kerridge were bowled out for 114 (M Russon 4-12) and Capenhurst won with 115-1.