WISTASTON Village rocketed to top spot in the Cheshire Alliance Division One on Saturday.
Their convincing four-wicket victory over Woodford at The Brittles was achieved with several key players on holiday.
With that in mind, captain Paul Owen shrewdly put the visitors into bat and restricted them to 166-7 from 48 overs, with Julian Cotton returning 5-38.
The home side's top-order batsmen were soon among the runs with Keith Thornhill (23), Gareth Barnes (20) and Chris Jobbins (28 not out). Blistering James Hogben smacked three sixes and two fours in his unbeaten 32 as his side made 167-6 with four overs to spare.
Also in Division One, second-placed Bunbury won by three wickets at Nor-bury, who were bowled out for 170 with P Caine taking 4-35. Bunbury won with 173-7 with P McBennett still standing on 63.
Sandbach drew with visitors Kingsley, who had posted 202-8 with J Elliott (34) and A Ainsworth (31). In reply, the hosts were 176-8 with R Cotton un-beaten on 62.
Aston suffered a six-wicket defeat at Barclays Radbroke Hall, after posting 194-9 with Derek Wright (47) and M Beesley (45). For Radbroke Hall N Almond took 5-39. Radbroke won with 195-4 with L Forsyth 68.
In Division Two, Audlem will be kicking themselves after sharing a high-scoring draw with equal scores, at Glazebury.
They gave away 42 extras as the hosts batted first and made 252-8 with D Gibson (87). In reply, Audlem posted 252-8 wickets with G Gay (76) and D Parry unbeaten on 47.
In the Meller Braggins League, Cholmondeley fell further off the pace in Division One when they went down at Prestbury on Saturday.
The hosts offered a chance when they were all out for 186, with Rich Cooke returning 5-73 and Ben Briscoe 3-10, but only Luka Heritage (41), Guy Ford (20) and Briscoe (20) contributed as the others were out for a combined 28 as Cholmondeley were skittled for 111.
In Division Three, Holmes Chapel suffered a dismal 10-wicket defeat to Chelford. Chapel were out for 47, and the visitors cruised to 49-0.
In the Crewe and Nantwich Midweek League, OCBM beat Bourne after batting first and posting 119-6, with Paul Griffiths (41) and Ben Morgan (28no). Mick Tagg returned 2-19.
Paul Prestwich scored 28 in Bourne's reply but good bowling by Jim Taylor (3-18) and Andy Hayes (4-32) ensured they fell short on 115-8.
Ade Piggott (64) and Andy Stubbs (20 no) contributed to a winning total of 146-3 for Town Edge, as Deliveries succumbed to 76 all out, with Ian Glover 29. Edge's Karl Allcock took 3-11.
Bombardier scored 172-3, with Mike Heywood (47) and Darren Barker (68), and it proved too much for Imperial. Even a valiant unbeaten partnership between Mick Gill (31) and Russ Jones (40) could only push their score up to 126-4. Pete Collett claimed 4-19 for Bombardier.
However, Imperial bounced back, earning their first win of the season in their second game of the week. Opponents DS&TE reached 115-9, with Phil Wolvin (28), but an unbeaten knock of 44 by Stuart Evans helped the Imp to 116-7.
* Wistaston were knocked out for the League Cup by a nine-wicket defeat to Rylands, on Sunday. They were all out for 104, with James Hogben (39) and John Scott (14). Rylands made 105 for victory.
Wistaston 2nds drew at Woodford in the league on Saturday, who amassing 258-5 after batting first. In reply, Dean Titus (77no) and John Scott (24) contributed to 159-6 for the draw.
The same team knocked Aston out of the League Cup on Sunday. Aston were out for 63, with Villagers skipper Adie Robinson returning 4-50 and Chris Trahair (4-0). Wistaston made 64-2 in reply, with Andy Jones (32no).