ELLESMERE Port were one of the few sides to beat the rain on Saturday.
But their hard work in getting the Whitby Sports & Social Club surface ready failed to pay off as they suffered a 17-run loss to Old Parkonians.
The Birkenhead outfit arrived in town having failed to win any of their four completed matches.
Port, in contrast, were in confident mood after beating Bowdon Vale and Wistaston Village in their previous two outings.
Old Parkonians batted first and put on 134 thanks to a knock of 40 from Chris Hitchell.
Fahed Khan (3-20) was the pick of the home team’s attack.
But Paul Betteridge (3-22) and Dwayne Bernard (3-33) also impressed with three wickets apiece.
Port’s reply never truly got off the ground.
Stuart Daniels (32) was the only player to make an impact as Gareth Boys’ men were bowled out for 117.
Port, who remain seventh in Cheshire Alliance Division One, are away to Saughall on Saturday.
The inclement conditions continue to hamper The Groves’ Meller Braggins League Division Three campaign.
Their home clash with Disley on Saturday was rained off, meaning three of their eight fixtures so far this season have been cancelled.
The Groves, who are still searching for their first win, head to Glazebury on Saturday.