RUNCORN climbed to sixth in the Meller Braggins Cheshire League's Division One with a last-ditch victory over visiting Prestbury.

Electing to field, Runcorn had restricted their visitors to 140-7 - leaving themselves a victory target of three-and-a-half runs per over.

Stephen Sheakey (13-4-24-1), Clements (10-0-34-2) and Stephen Foster (10-2-39-3) took wickets.

Runcorn subsided to 7-3 in the fifth over, but Iain Williams (61) was the hero as they got home with a wicket to spare.

Williams' innings was compiled in two hours 24 minutes off 86 balls, between the fifth and 43rd over.

On a damp wicket, he hit just the two fours plus a couple of sixes but figured in stands of 29 with Steve Ollerenshaw (18), 39 with Clements (22), 31 with Steve Foster (17) and 29 with Richard Yates (8).

A hard-fought team effort was completed by Sheakey with two boundaries for victory with seven balls to spare.

Runcorn took 20 points to Prestbury's 11.

* Alvanley captain Mark Szymura shocked most play-ers by batting first at Cholmondeley on a damp track with a wet outfield.

But after a roller-coaster ride, he came out smiling in victory.

After 14 overs, Alvanley had been 19-1 - Szymura having been caught for nine.

From 36-3 off 24 overs, Glenn Pickersgill (20) brought stability but 70-4 off 35 overs was still slow progress.

Chris Fletcher's 28no came in a total of 122-9 off 45 overs.

An early shower helped Cholmondeley, who raced to 32 off the first six overs.

James Rowlinson and Pete Pearce strangled the runscoring.

At 94-9, Szymura got his hands to a difficult chance from Andy Latham but could not hold on.

But Rowlinson knocked over Latham's middle stump for 4-21 off 16 overs - helping his side out of the relegation zone.

Understrength Alvanley 2nds were dismissed for 72 by Alderley Park, winners by nine wickets.

On Sunday, Alvanley defeated Oakmere to reach the regional final of the National Village KO against Tattenhall.