SANDBACH kept their heads just above water by clinging on for a draw at Frodsham on Saturday.
Every point is a valuable one for the struggling Division One side as they bid to stave off relegation. On Saturday, the home side elected to bat first and soon started to prosper.
But despite half-centuries from Ben Large (56) and Tom Wilkinson (50), Sandbach stuck to the task and kept the Frodsham batsmen in check. Richard Cotton returned 2-14 as the hosts finished on 196-6.
Looking to score at five per over Sandbach were never in the hunt after losing early wickets and, although Jon Fox (19) and Phil Wathey (23no) started to make progress, the steady fall of wickets ensured they had to hang on for a draw with 107-9 at the end of their 40 overs. Sandbach picked up five points and are now third from bottom.
Leaders BUNBURY beat Hartford by four wickets after bowling them out for 78 (R Williams 4-23, J Thompson 4-19). Bunbury won with 79-6.
HOLMES CHAPEL tied with visitors Woodford, who were bowled out for 152. In reply, Chapel ended on 152-7 wickets (V Bhardwa 32, N Hind 58, W Cummins 30).
ASTON drew at Stalybridge St Pauls, who were bowled out for 146. In reply, Aston reached 135-7 (A Leese 65).
In Division Three, leaders HASLINGTON extended their winning run to six matches.
Visitors Kerridge were the latest victims after they batted first and were 95 all out. Only Ron Gleave (38no) could resist Ant Phipps (5-18) and wily veteran Richard Brown (3-34).
In reply, Dave France (39no) ensured there were no slip ups as the Squirrels scampered home with 97-2. Phipps (21no) completed a fine all-round performance.
AUDLEM were beaten by visitors Mossley, who were bowled out for 125 (L Woodcock 5-37). Audlem were bowled out for 117.
Haslington 2nds enjoyed an eight-wicket win at Langley. Chris Ridley (5-8) and Dean White (4-14) were too good for the hosts as they were skittled for 54. Lewis Clarke (22no) helped his side to 55-2.
* Junior cricketers are in for a treat over the next two weekends.
On Sunday, Sandbach CC are hosting a Junior Cricket Festival for U11s at their Hind Heath Lane ground. Eight teams from Sand-bach, Haslington, Middlewich, Congleton, Davenham, Aston, Alsager and Mossley will take part. The action starts at 10am.
Stalls, games and refreshments will be on offer. Admission is free, parking is £1. The presentations will be made at 8pm.
On Sunday, July 8, the annual Haslington CC U13s Junior Cricket Festival will take place at their Clay Lane ground.
Teams from Alsager, Betley, Crewe, Elworth, Middlewich, Sandbach, Whitmore and Haslington will take part, from 9.15am. The final is scheduled for 4.45pm.
A barbecue, ice-creams, hot and cold refreshments, a raffle, a bowling challenge and other stalls and activities will be on of fer.