An unbeaten 59 from Ollie Law helped Chester Boughton Hall claim a draw in an even County League Premier Division clash at Nantwich.
With the match reduced to 60 overs after a major mop-up operation at Whitehouse Lane, Lee Dixon won the toss for the visitors and his bowlers relished the prospect of bowling in what appeared to be good conditions for seamers.
And with veteran Alex Kegg added to the side, Chester were confident of restricting the Nantwich top order.
Ash Davis got an early breakthrough with Ryan Brown caught behind but Chris Simpson and Liam Livingstone plundered 71 for the second wicket before Livingstone holed out off Harry Killoran.
The young spinner was finding the wicket to his liking and bowled a fine spell to end with 3-39, while Ian Linwood grabbed 3-27. Opener Chris Simpson made a lively 39 and some typical lusty blows from Jimmy Warrington carried Nantwich to 141-9 from their 30 overs.
The Chester reply struggled from the off with only Warren Goodwin in the top four making significant inroads with 27.
Chester were struggling at 62-5 but it was Law, playing against his former club, who battled well to see his side through to 124-7, with good assistance at the death from Davis as the pair added 40.
In Division One, Christleton fell to a two-wicket loss to Weaverham at Little Heath. The Chester hosts were restricted to 181-9 (Wilden Cornwall 5-87), then Weaverham replied with 183-8.
Tattenhall won by four runs at Davenham despite posting only 101 (Tim Niemand 4-18). Davenham were all out for 97, left arm spinner David Shewring returning the best bowling figures of the day with 3-18.
Oulton Park’s game at Cheadle Hulme was rained off.
In Division Two, Alvanley lost by nine wickets at home to Bollington, who became the first side in the league to break 100 points.
On Sunday, Oulton Park overcame Timperley in the Cheshire Cup at Little Budworth.
Timperley batted first made made 239-7 (Tom Hyslop 3-64), Cooper scoring 112 for Timperley with a classy knock.
Park were guilty of not taking a couple of early catch chances to remove him.
Brown and Iqbal added 38 runs apiece. There was no stand-out bowler for Oulton Park, with wickets spread around.
In reply, Park knocked the runs off with 2.2 overs to spare, reaching a winning 242-4. Leech (64) top scored, before Pat Roberts (46no) and Iroshan de Silva (55no) out guided the hosts to victory with classy knocks.
The chase was well timed despite tight bowling in parts from Timperley.
Iqbal 2-29 was the stand out bowler for the away side, Page (1-31) providing good support.
Park travel to Bramhall in the next round.
Meanwhile, Chester Boughton Hall set up a home tie with Bootle in the Royal London Club Championship after defeating Knypersley by two wickets at Filkins Lane.