ELLESMERE Port felt they should have wrapped up a comfortable win at Styal on Saturday - but their hosts clung on for a draw.
After posting 177 in the first innings, with 43 from Colin Roberts and 35 from former skipper Phil Ashton, Port's bowlers set about Styal.
Graeme Leadbetter, Paul Betteridge and John Cheeseborough did the most damage as an all-round strong bowling attack took wickets regularly.
With Styal lurching at 140-9, Port felt the game was theirs to win, but dogged resistance from the hosts' last-wicket partnership ensured the visitors didn't take maximum points.
Ashton said: 'We should have won really. We batted and bowled really well and we should have got the last man before the end.
'It was a good game of cricket, it was just a shame we couldn't finish it off.'
Port travel to take on Grange on Saturday, hoping to extend the bottom club's run of eight straight defeats.