CHESHIRE County Officers stormed to the top of Division One after recording a deserved victory at bottom club Norbury on Saturday.

The home side elected to bat first and Pete Hodge eased his way to an effortless century as they finished on 205-9 with Mike Clarke taking 7-88.

In reply, the Officers overcame a poor start to clinch victory with five overs to spare, courtesy of some fine batting from Ian Barlow (32), Mike Rowlands (59) and Chris Wright (38).

The Officers travel to Hartford tomorrow.

KINGSLEY were left cursing their luck after they were held to a draw at home to Hartford.

The hosts were first to bat and some decent hitting from Jay Cartledge and Kieron and Jonny Ollier led them to 173-9.

Hartford struggled in reply and some fine bowling from Adrian Burden (5-37) and Andrew Strorey (1-36) left them on the brink of defeat on 33-8.

But Graham Prew (37no) kept them in the hunt for a draw and, despite the best efforts of Kingsley's attack, they somehow achieved it with 149-9.

At Woodford, the match with BUN-BURY ended in a draw. Bunbury made 238-7 from their allotted overs with O Williamson making 60 and L Greenbury unbeaten on 83.

In reply, Woodford ended on 180-8 (J Hurley 5-42).

ELLESMERE PORT were forced to settle for a draw after looking all set for victory at Aston.

The visitors restricted Aston to 191-9 courtesy of some great bowling from Nick Brimble 6-66.

But despite the best efforts of Gareth Boys (39) and skipper Phil Ashton (53), they could only manage 186-8 from their allotted overs.

In Division Two, a magnificent seven-wicket haul from Lawrence Gotts helped SAUGHALL to maximum points in their match against Eastham.

Martin Huxley (59) set the Chester side on their way as they reached 78-0 before a series of errors from the middle order batsmen left them all out on 143.

But Gotts (7-30) and Pete Tunnicliffe (3-22) took control and Eastham had no answer to their consistent bowling as they slumped to 92 all out.