WISTASTON Village got their Division One show on the road with a nerve-jangling victory at Kingsley.
Last week's opening-day setback raised concern that the club would find life difficult in the top division after last season's promotion. But Saturday's showing dispelled any fear they have the ability to do well.
The home side batted first but were restricted to a modest 104 all out off 48 overs, largely thanks to excellent bowling by new acquisition James Siddorns, who returned figures of 6-36 off 15 overs. Backed by sterling support from James Hogben (1-36) and Keith Thornhill (3-35), along with a solid display in the field, it ensured the visitors had a decent chance of victory. Kingsley captain M Butcher (48) made their largest contribution.
However, Wistaston were soon in deep trouble after losing two wickets without a run on the board. Sound batting by Gareth Barnes steadied the ship as he whacked two sixes in his total of 30.
But at 60-8, a second defeat on the cards looked likely. That was until skip-per Neil Townsend (16no) and Hogben (32no) intervened with a partnership of 45.
Hogben included three sixes in his total as he helped his team to a welcome 20 points. Wistaston second team's match was rained off without a ball being bowled against Kingsley. nAston suffered a two-wicket home defeat to Chelford in a rain-affected match.
A total of 30 overs were lost due to the weather and Aston, batting first, lost their first four wickets for just 25.
However, Derek Wright (36) and Mike Forrester (32no) salvaged the situation and battled Aston to a more testing total of 110ao.
Chelford also found the going difficult but skipper P Weston (43) pushed them over the total with three balls to spare. Aston's Mike Forrester took 3-32.
Sandbach sneaked their second successive draw with an indifferent display at Barclays Radbroke Hall.
The visitors were bowled out for 154 with A Williams (46), Janath De Silva (34) and S Jaffer (30) making decent contributions. The home side fell just short in their reply, finishing on 150-8.
Bunbury lost by six wickets at Northwich. The visitors took to the crease first and posted 158-7, but A Shaw's unbeaten 72 helped the hosts to 162-4 and victory.
All Division Three games were abandoned without play, including Audlem's fixture at Heaton Mersey Villa.