OULTON Park will no doubt be intent on revenge tomorrow as they welcome Chester Boughton Hall to Little Budworth in the Premier Division.
Hall halted Park’s three-year unbeaten league run earlier this season, and sparked a crisis of confidence which led to Nathan Dumelow’s side eventually slipping out of the title race.
Now Park will focus on beating Hall and ensuring they finish ahead of Steve Ogilby’s men in the table.
Park may have surrendered their title, but they have virtually crowned their successors after defeating one of only two teams capable of overhauling Alderley Edge last Saturday.
Nantwich’s slim hopes of leapfrogging Edge and Bowdon disappeared when they lost at home to Oulton Park by seven wickets after posting 207ao (Dumelow 4-53, Craig Williamson 4-65).
Park coasted home at 208-3, Ben Spendlove contributing 66, Louis Bentley 56 and Danny Leech 50no.
Boughton Hall, meanwhile, go into tomorrow’s clash on the back of a shock defeat at the hands of Macclesfield.
The victory at Filkins Lane virtually guaranteed Macc safety from relegation.
Skipper Ogilby declared on 185-7 (Darron Cruikshank 58) before a solid innings of 58 from Jason Knight carried Macclesfield through at 189-6 (Cruikshank 3-52).
NESTON had reached a commanding position at Toft when rain ended play 17 overs early. Toft scored 194, (James Escott 4-11) after which a fine unbeaten innings of 76 by the consistent Jack Smith had taken Neston to 148-3 when the elements intervened and the game was abandoned.
Tomorrow, Neston face Nantwich.
In Division One, CHRISTLETON will be desperate to avoid a third successive abandonment when they entertain relegation battlers Birkenhead Park.
Christleton looked poised for victory against mid-table rivals Upton at Greasby last weekend until the rain came.
Upton batted 55 overs for a ponderous 136-8, Iroshan de Silva taking 3-50. Christleton got to 40-1 only to be robbed of a win by the weather.
Division Two presents TATTENHALL with an opportunity to take a full points haul and possibly replace Grappenhall in the promotion places when they travel to lowly Burnage tomorrow.
Last week they beat an unlucky Bredbury St Marks at the Flacca.
Batting first, Tattenhall struggled to score in the difficult conditions.
Paul Kettle (26) and Matt Williams (20) settled things down after a middle order collapse, but Tattenhall were still only able to post 136-9.
Bredbury were initially cautious in their reply but the runs came steadily.
With the score at 27, Damian Lewis (3-34) struck twice with two quick yorkers.
Skipper Rob Mulvihill (5-52) took a while to get a wicket but when he did he found a rhythm.
Steady drizzle became heavy rain, however, and the game was held up for 20 minutes as a result.
On their return Tattenhall found the rain had shifted the pitch back in the batting side’s favour.
Mel Dobson bowled solidly without much joy but it was Mulvihill who had the responsibility in the last over, as Bredbury’s number six was on strike looking for three runs to win.
Wicketkeeper Roy Sandford, carrying a dislocated thumb from two overs previous, came right up to the stumps but he wasn’t needed as the captain pulled a corker out of the bag to beat the drive and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for Tattenhall.