NORTHWICH slipped to the bottom of the First Division, but their performance suggested they were getting used to life at a higher level.
A big Langley total loomed as Northwich created chances but failed to take them. The introduction of Dean Kendrick changed the game, however - he removed the two danger men on his way to 6-39.
With good support from Rich Maddock (3-24), the two teenagers conceded just 40 runs in snapping up seven wickets. Langley chose not to declare and were all out in their last over, for 164. The decision proved costly.
Despite the early loss of John Hughes, Northwich still attacked the target. Mark Phillips hit 31 and John O'Sullivan a fine 61.
The run chase stalled as the middle order could not get settled and with the last pair at the wicket the game finished as a draw with Northwich on 136-9.
Northwich 2nds continued to show the form the 1st XI envy to win by five wickets.
On Langley's picturesque ground, the home side were asked to bat and struggled to get away from the tight Northwich bowling.
Veteran spinner Nigel Mears produced the best figures, 4-33 from 14 overs.
Langley batted out their full complement of overs for 139-6, never likely to be enough against a strong Northwich line-up.
Steve Oldham followed last week's 50 with 44 and man-ofthe-match Mears scored 35 as the pair put on 93 for the first wicket.
Jim Kimber finished off the five-wicket victory with a huge six.
3rd XIs: Glazebury 2nd 103ao (captain Mark Minton 3-15, Josh Spruce 2-10, Glinij Cherian 2-14, Kadeer Dhopte 2-22) Northwich 105-4 (Cherian 34).
Northwich were struggling at 45-4 when teenager Cherian and Martin East came together. HARTFORD began to make progress towards the promotion places with their second victory of the season.
Frodsham made first use of the green track but they were restricted to 117-9 by Brian Harkin (3-18), Dave Williams (3-19) and Rick Buckley (2-25).
Skipper Rob Whittle scored 43, Matthew Shinkfield 36 and Martin Pickup 21no as Hartford galloped to 118-3.
On Sunday, Hartford again won the toss, again elected to field and again won.
They were at Langley in the League Cup and the home side were in trouble at 48-5 before they recovered to 120ao (Whittle 3-20, Williams 2-26, Rob Stimpson 2-27).
In reply, a third-wicket stand of 117 between Shinkfield (68no) and Pickup (35no) saw Hartford home by eight wickets.
Hartford 2nds also won on Saturday, beating Frodsham by one wicket.