Jake Plummer and Jonathan Tatton were left battling over the man-of-the-man honour after their star performances led joint-leaders Porthill Park thirds to victory over Bagnall Norton in NSSCL Division Four.
Plummer took the plaudits in the early stages of the afternoon with a big-hitting innings which propelled Porthill Park to 204 all out on home turf.
Plummer hit six fours and eight sixes in his 95, with Declan Coxon (35) and Matthew Cope (28) providing the necessary support at the other end.
Dave Evans bowled superbly for the visitors, finishing with figures of 6-27.
But his turn with the ball was overshadowed, ultimately, by Tatton’s demon eight-over spell after the interval.
Tatton scooped 7-25 to send Bagnall Norton sliding to 67 all out, in which Andy Sharpe (19no) and Lee Sockett (17) offered the primary resistance.
Elworth are locked on 63 points with Porthill Park following their comfortable win at Hem Heath thirds.
Connor Flowers’ 4-14, allied to 3-22 from Isaac Austin, saw Hem Heath dismissed for a mere 85. Kieran Breeze top-scored with 19.
And it took the Cheshire side only 13.1 overs to wrap up an eight-wicket win as Sam Baldwin compiled a rapid 48 not out and George Elliott added an unbeaten 22.
Silverdale secured their first win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers Barlaston.
Visitors Barlaston recovered from 8-3 to 52-3… but then suffered another collapse to be bowled out for 81.
Richard Sharpe (27) and Wayne Morray (23) made starts, but three wickets apiece from Chris White (3-19) and Gareth Metcalfe (3-23) put Silverdale in the driving seat.
And even though John Aked snared 3-20 in the run chase, Silverdale managed to complete their mission – sealing a five-wicket triumph – thanks to Matt Smith’s 32.
Stone SP thirds prevailed by eight runs on their journey to Bignall End seconds.
Sam Bamford’s 32, 29 from Joel Davies and Corey Jones’ 28 masterminded Stone SP’s progress to 153 all out.
Joe Brierley and Bhagesh Mishra both took 3-28 to keep Bignall End in the hunt for success.
However, their reply didn’t get off to the best of starts as they slipped to 19-4 and then 59-5.
Gareth Moulton made a batting 59, hitting seven fours and one six, while Steve Greatholder chipped in with 25.
But their recovery fell short as James Burton (4-21) and double strikes from Robert Pochwyt and Bamford left the hosts all out for 145.
Matters were even closer in the game between Woore and Newcastle & Hartshill seconds.
And it was visiting Castle who were left 15 points better off thanks to a seven-run win.
George Hickman and Rob Hagan made 33 and 32 respectively in Newcastle & Hartshill’s 153 all out, despite Matthew Kenvyn picking up 4-41.
Hassan Haleem (58) led the Woore chase, and although Daniel Perks made 20 and Rupert Scott a handy 17, they were limited to 146-7 at the end of their 40 overs.
Deacon Purcell did the bulk of the damage with figures of 3-34.
Moddershall & Oulton thirds were three-wicket home winners against Onneley.
Set 130 to win, there was the odd wobble after Thomas Washington claimed 3-31.
But Stuart Leigh’s 58, which contained 10 boundaries, proved to be the difference for the Modd men.
Onneley had earlier been indebted to Kyle Knowles (35) and Tom Johnson (31no) for seeing them to 129-9.
Shaun Brian took 3-24 to make sure that the home side didn’t have a tougher target to chase.