BATTLING Crewe suffered a three-wicket defeat at promotion-chasing Cheadle and re-main in the lower reaches of Division One.
Batting first, Crewe lost their first three wickets for just 43 as Nick Lange (15), Mark Hurst (17) and Mark Spencer wilted under early pressure.
Jo Boyle (8) was next to go with the score on 63, but Tom Gower (26) and Ranadeb Bose (18) took the score into the 50s.
But Tommy Hodgkinson (4-41) removed them both to leave the visitors in deep trouble. Matt Dawson (15) and Richard Marsh (28) steadied the ship, before young David Hurst (22) batted sensibly to help Marsh add 41 for the ninth wicket as Crewe reached 164 all out.
Lange (2-40) boosted Crewe's hopes of a much needed win when he dismissed both Cheadle openers for 25 with the aid of catches by Mark Hurst and Dawson.
Darren Plant and Pro Jawaid put on 51 before the Pakistani was lbw to Gower. Bose bowled Lovett for 17 to get Crewe back in the game, with the hosts 101-4. But Darren Plant (71 no) proved immovable and, despite Mike Holt's 3-22, Cheadle reached 166-7.
Also in Division One, El-worth salvaged a draw at Hem Heath. The hosts batted first and posted 184-9, with Elworth bowlers Jim Higgins (4-87) and Paul Crompton (4-49) doing the damage. In reply, the London Road outfit stalled on 170-9, with Murray Ranger (54) top scoring.
Second-bottom Betley failed to improve their plight with defeat to visitors Leycett, who batted first and posted 281-3dec (D Redfern 106, S Panda 122ao). Betley replied with 222ao (Adrian Butler 75, Neil Harrison 82).
In Division Two, Haslington's Sohail Tanvir hit a century then claimed a hat-trick as he ripped out eight Oulton wickets.
Batting first, openers Tanvir and Ben Tomlinson got off to a good start with a part-nership of 47 before Tomlinson was out lbw to Harish Patel for 17.
Tanvir took the majority of the strike and hit Oulton's bowlers to all parts, before getting out for 116 off just 90 balls with the score on 164. Chris Henderson (24) stuck around to get Haslington up to 203 all out.
Tanvir (8-59) then got stuck into the Oulton batsmen, bowling quick, full and straight to leave Oulton reeling on 85- 9. Tom Spruce and pro Johnson Mafa built up a tenth-wicket partnership of 35 before Tom Gledhill bowled Mafa (25) to wrap up an exceptional win for Haslington. nCrewe reached the last eight of the Cheshire Plate on Sunday with a 13-run home win against Bollington.
Tom Gower (93) starred as Crewe rattled up 199-6 off their 40 overs, hitting 12 fours and two sixes. Useful contributions were from Mark Hurst (34), Richard Marsh (16), Mark Spencer (15 no) and Rob Highfield (15 no).
Bollington's Kevin Waterhouse (32) and experienced skipper Gary Wood (21), threatened to take the game away from Crewe before both were dismissed by Matt Dawson (3-36).
Mike Holt (3-25) wrapped things up with keeper Mark Hurst taking four good catches and Jo Boyle snaffling three. Crewe will travel to Brooklands for the quarter finals next month. nSeconds - Division One: Crewe 185-9ic (E Bishop 44, Lange 49 no) Cheadle 186-6 (C Lange 3-40); Elworth 156-4 (Kev Ballard 41, C Smith 37 no) Hem Heath 152ao (Dave Oldfield 4-52, Tom Harwood 4-41). Division Two: Haslington 131ao (D France 30) Oulton 255-3(dec) (J Whalley 112 no); Whitmore 275-3 * S Sen 101 no) Weston 273-5(dec) W Bailey 57, J Littlewood