DESPITE bowling out hosts Chester County Officers on Saturday, Ellesmere Port were still beaten and remain too close for comfort to the bottom two places in the league.
Stand-in captain Gareth Boys lost the toss and the home side decided to bat, although opener Clark fell for three, caught by Steve Dorrington off John Park (1-31).
Hattersley (17), Barlow (14) and Owen (29) were all caught by John Cheesbrough off Steve Dorrington (4-64), who also had M Rowlands (16) trapped lbw.
Paul Betteridge (5-32) then ripped into Chester CO's lower order, bowling Gilbody (15) and Johnson (21).
Betteridge saw off the tail with Collard caught and bowled, Gerwargis caught by Paul Isaacs and Goodall caught by Cheesbrough without troubling the scorers.
A Barlow (12no) was last man standing as Chester CO were all out in less than 39 overs, posting 130.
In reply, Port got off to a bad start as opener James Gatrell went for a duck, caught by Hattersley off Johnson (3-32).
Dom Green led the visitors' charge, making 39 before being caught by Owen off Gerwargis (3-14), but found little support.
Cheesbrough (3) was trapped lbw by Barlow (2-17) who also bowled Colin Roberts for a duck.
Johnson then bowled Paul Isaacs (2) and Gareth Boys (10) and from then on, not a single Port batsman made double figures.
Stuart Daniels (9) got closest but was bowled by Gerwargis, who also took Andy Sayers (60) via a catch from Owen.
John Park (3) was caught by Goodall off Clark (2-29), who wrapped things up by taking Paul Betteridge (8) who was stumped by Hattersley.
Port were all out for 98 in less than 37 overs, leaving Dorrington (7no). Chester CO took 25 points, Ellesmere Port 6.
Both Castrol's first and second-team matches at home and away respectively to their Chelford counterparts were rained off.
The table-topping Oilmen resume action at Radbroke Hall on Saturday (2pm) while Port will be hoping for in upturn in fortunes as they go to bottom club Chelford.