DAVENHAM moved into third place in the First Division but were frustrated to be denied maximum points in a draw at Malpas.
They made a great start, putting on 53 for the first wicket, which signalled the return to form of opener Alan Wright who made a rapid 39.
They were then restricted by some tight bowling and lost wickets at frequent intervals, but a late flurry of runs from captain Phil Sharples gave Davenham a respectable 170.
The home side got off to the worst possible start as they lost a wicket in the first over and Davenham sensed victory after taking Malpas to 67-5.
Despite David Ashley's performance of 3-47, Malpas held on for 142-7.
Davenham beat Holmes Chapel comfortably in the League Cup on Thursday.
They hit 148-4 in their 16 overs via Ashley's 73 and 47 from Rob Harrison. Their stand was 75 and it put Davenham in control.
Fine fielding and superb spells of bowling from Dean Jackson (4-25) and leading wicket taker Steve Warburton (4-32) put the game beyond Holmes Chapel, who were all out for 103. Davenham now host Port Sunlight.
A young Davenham second string were defeated by an experienced Alderley Park line-up at an overcast Butcher's Stile. Under 14 Cheshire county player Louis Bentley was again in good form, scoring a comfortable 32 to give Davenham a good start. Support came from three members of the Davenham middle order getting into the twenties, but none went on to make a good score and a flurry of late wickets limited the home side to 160ao.
Alderley needed 37 overs to make 161-4. Ashley and Bentley are joined in winning county honours by Ben Gough (U16s). OAKMERE returned to the top of Division Two after a pre-match freak accident left Paul Hutchinson concussed and unable to play!
But Oakmere's two Andys - Norton (6-24) and Beswick (3-32) - could do no wrong and Old Parkonians were skittled for 61.
Openers Paul Yearsley (35no) and Chris Leech (21) steered Oakmere to 63-1.
The double was duly completed at Overdale Lane.
It was not quite as clinical. Parkonians scored 135ao with 16-year-old Richard Shepherd taking 4-15 off his six overs. Matt Tait (56no), skipper Ian Morgan (29) and Peter Jones (26) took Oakmere to 137-3. WINSFORD'S match at Pott Shrigley did not start until 4.30pm because of rain and was reduced to 27 overs each, which proved more than sufficient.
Colin Dean (4-40) and Barry Crellin (6-15) shared the wickets as Shrigley collapsed to 17-4 and then recovered to 97ao.
Winsford reversed recent misfortunes through Andy Johnson (37) and Crellin (30no) as they eased to 100-5.
But Winsford 2nds were beaten in double quick time.
Chris Webb (15) was top scorer as they fell for 49 against Runcorn, 50-1. Mark Brodie claimed the wicket. BARNTON left Port Sunlight with a firm hold on the wooden spoon. The home side declared at 132-8 and Barnton scored 134-7.