ALVANLEY were overtaken by Cholmondeley as leaders of the Meller Braggins Cheshire League Division Two after losing to their topof-the-table rivals away from home.
The game finally started in bright sunshine just before 4pm as a 70-over contest.
Cholmondeley won the vital toss and used the helpful conditions to reduce their visitors to 28-3.
Further rain saw four more overs lost and, with Alvanley needing to accelerate, Glenn Pickersgill struck two sixes and four fours in an aggressive 33, off just 30 deliveries.
Opening batsman Nick McKay held the innings together with some classy drives before being caught on the long-on boundary for 53.
A frenetic last seven overs generated 44 runs, John Farmer finishing on 17no as Alvanley finished on 144-8 off 35 overs.
This left Cholmondeley 31 overs to win the game on a pitch which had lost some of its pronounced early bounce to the brief spell of heavy rain.
James Rowlinson struck in the third over thanks to a diving catch at cover from Farmer to remove the dangerous John Williams for a duck.
At 88-4, and with nine overs left to score 57 runs, No3 Fletcher produced the key innings as he chanced
his arm by chipping the ball over the Alvanley fielders for an impressive, if at times fortunate, 70.
Walker (34no) helped Cholmondeley to reached their target with six balls to spare. nRuncorn's game at Wilmslow was a casualty of the weather, which wiped out all but one fixture in the Meller Braggins Cheshire League Division One. nResurgent Kingsley brushed aside Radbroke Hall in the Cheshire Cricket Alliance's Division One.
Put into bat after a delayed start, Radbroke's batsmen struggled in difficult conditions and had made only 18 from 15 overs when another shower forced an early tea.
Kingsley's players did an effective mopping-up job on the outfield before Adrian Burden did the same to the Radbroke tail.
Burden claimed 7-30 to leave Hall with only 68-9 from their 27 overs.
The victory was never in doubt for a Kingsley side brimming with confidence after a string of wins.
Only one wicket was lost as the total was run down by burly duo John Elliott (24no) and Neil Rowlands (22no). nFrodsham's Alliance Division Two home match with Stalybridge St Paul's was drawn.
St Paul's were bowled out for 200 (I Carr 4-60, A Grahame 3-24) and Frodsham replied with 79-6.