ELLESMERE Port claimed their winning draw was a moral victory after hosts Rostherne took negative batting to a new level in Cheshire Alliance Division Two.
Put in to bat, Gareth Boys’ side found the green wicket troublesome, finding themselves very quickly at 34-4.
But the middle order stepped in to save the day, captain Boys joining John Cheeseborough at the crease to raise the score to 75-4 before Cheeseborough played onto his own stumps.
Stuart Daniels continued the revival, scoring 50 alongside Boys’ 49 as Port finished on 165-7.
On any other day a team would expect to face an onslaught as their opponents chased such a tempting score.
But Rostherne have not scored a century between them yet this season and so they immediately played for the draw.
“It was such a boring game after tea,” said Boys. “They took four points from the game. If that’s your ambition from the day it isn’t worth getting out of bed!”
Keith Welsh took 4-33 as Rostherne reached 78-8.
“We tried everything, but Rostherne seem resigned to going down already,” said Boys. “What is the point in that?”
Port host Glazebury on Saturday.