OUT of sorts Ellesmere Port restored some stability to their season with a draw at Styal.
Gareth Boys’ side have been struggling lately, leading to some strong words from their skipper last week.
And while they didn’t secure a win, a draw is a step forward for a team that is not living up to its potential this term.
Port put Styal in to bat and after Stephen Vose opened with 43 the hosts looked solid.
But when Muhammad Baig struck an unbeaten 87 to push Styal to 271-6 Port could have been forgiven for feeling a little deja-vu over their form, best bowling coming from Paul Isaacs 2-70 and Paul Betteridge 2-56.
After tea, Port’s philosophy of chasing down any score did not give them a great start, openers Paul Ashley bowled for 13 and James Gatrell for six.
Nick Brimble took the game on though, scoring 48.
His score was support by Colin Roberts (21) and Paul Isaacs (26) but Port were unable to translate firepower into runs.
They closed on 178-8 which keeps them out of the relegation zone.
Port are still in trouble but with the halfway point to come there are still plenty of points to play for.
Port’s pre-season aim of promotion to Division One looks a long way off but if they avoid weather cancellations this summer they could still spring a few surprises.