FAMOUSLY foiled of victory by blinding sunlight at Chester in May, Bowdon made no mistake when they hosted Boughton Hall in the return game at South Downs Road.
Their seven wickets victory extended their advantage to 23 points over their closest challengers for the Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League ECB Premier Division title.
Moreover, they did it decisively, Lancashire off-spinner Gary Yates routing Chester - winners of six of their previous seven games - for 87, their joint lowest score of the seaaon, with a superb 7-28 return. Anthony Crozier claimed 42 in Bowdon's rapid 17 overs response.
Chester remain second because Neston lost for the second successive week despite posting a useful 218-9 at Alderley Edge (Simon Marshall 85, Mark Warnes 4-57). Steve O'Shaughnessey and Jonathan Usher both scored 49 and Mark Currie 45 as Alderley won with four wickets in hand, leg-spinner Dave Jones proving expensive with 3-98.
Nantwich stay third after just failing in a spirited bid to win a rain-ruined game at Didsbury, who filled all 60 overs to post 161-7 (Richard Battye 72 not out, Barrington Browne 4-70). A long interruption left the Dabbers with only 20 overs and they took up the challenge, scoring rapidly to finish two runs short of victory at 160-6 (Jeff Maynard 57, Paul Hampshire 41, Andy Newton 35 not out, including 10 off the last four balls).
A fine all-round performance by Neil Cross highlighted Oxton's 59 runs victory at bottom club Bramhall, who seem doomed to relegation. Cross top-scored with 65 in Oxton's 168 (Andy Birley 4-41), then he claimed 5-21 to dismiss the wooden-spoonists for 109.
Hyde beat Macclesfield by four wickets in an unusually low scoring game at Werneth Low, their visitors being dismissed for 129. Former Blackpool professional Rudra Singh took 4-29 and Lancashire Academy spinner Danny Berry 3-43. Skipper John Ashley's cameo 32 piloted Hyde home.
Highest scorers of the day were Oulton Park, who amassed 269-5 to preface a convincing victory over Urmston at Little Budworth. Aussie Andy Kent slammed 139, putting on 191 for the first wicket with Danny Leech (54). Kent reached his century in just 71 balls out of a total of 122 runs with Leech, who had then scored 16. Urmston were all out for 143 (Garry Saunders 56, Chris Grindley 51), Kent adding to a successful day with 3-23 and Chris Jones 3-38.