ELLESMERE Port were convincing winners in a low-scoring fixture at Rylands on Saturday.
The mid-table battle in Division One of the Cheshire Alliance was won decisively by the visitors.
Rylands batted first and were skittled out for just 46.
Ellesmere Port had little trouble in passing the small target, reaching 47-2.
The result moves them six points behind Rylands, who are one place above the Port in fifth place.
Port face a tough test this Saturday – an away trip to leaders Haslington.
Cheshire’s bowlers took the plaudits as the county side began their MCCA Championship campaign with a quickfire win.
The Western Division clash with Oxfordshire at Great & Little Tew was wrapped up inside two days.
Having set their hosts 190 to win, Danny Woods (4-31) and birthday boy Adam Syddall (6-23) capped a memorable performance as they skittled their hosts in their second innings for just 54.
Earlier, Chris Tipper had notched up an impressive 78 to set up victory while leg spinner Jack Williams took 6-80 in his first Championship match.
Elated stand-in skipper Woods said: “We all know what Adam is capable of, but to pull out the stops in the way he did was incredible.
Woods paid tribute too to Williams and Tipper.
“It was great to see Jack bowl with such control and maturity,” he said. “He’s made a real impact in his first couple of games for us. It was good to see Tipps in the runs too.”
Cheshire’s next Championship match is against Wiltshire at Chester Boughton Hall on June 23-25.