NORTHWICH'S promotion hopes were lifted as they whipped Wistaston in the Second Division.
The spin of Pete Gibbon and John O'Sullivan dismantled the visitors. Gibbon kept things tight to return 3-42 off 18 overs, but he was outdone at the other end by O'Sullivan who returned 7-71, the last man falling to him at 162 off the final ball.
Both were backed up by unflagging fielding, but the heat took its toll early in the Northwich innings.
O'Sullivan and wicketkeeper Andrew Pickstock departed quickly and, at 38-3, doubts had begun to creep in.
John Hughes and Ant Shaw were brought together and they fashioned a winning partnership, the last 100 runs coming off 14 overs. Shaw's 93no came off 71 ball and included 11 fours and five sixes, the final one providing a flourishing finish. Hughes played a strong supporting role for 34no.
Northwich, third, visit second-placed Trinity on Saturday.
Trinity 2nds, 205-6, over-whelmed an exhausted Northwich, 88 all out, after Mark O'Neil lost the toss.
But on Sunday, teenage spinner Dean Kendrick ripped through the Kingsley line-up to put Northwich into the Alliance 2nd XI Knockout final.
Kendrick claimed 8-13 off his eight overs and Kingsley stag-gered to 105.
Northwich had made a respectable 156-9. Matt Lightburn hit 29 and Ed Smithson (32no) guided the tail-end.
Ian Oultram was the best Kingsley bowler, taking 2-16.
The Northwich seamers put the visitors in difficulty but could not produce the breakthrough. At 42-0 after 16 overs, the match was finely balanced until Kendrick was brought on to bowl. He took a wicket with his first ball and continued to provide a constant threat from one end, as matters were kept tight at the other.
Northwich will now travel to Port Sunlight on August 31 to face Parkside 2nd XI.
* HARTFORD could not defend 199-8 at Grange Park, where Bunbury scored 202-4.