Porthill Park seconds are the new leaders of NSSCL Division Two after winning their top-of-the-table clash at Norton in Hales.
Norton in Hales had started the day on the back of five successive wins, but lost their unblemished record as Porthill Park secured an eight-run win in a thrilling encounter.
Porthill Park took the positive approach and batted first, and made their way to 148 all out.
Ben Warrender compiled an excellent 62 at the top of the order, hitting six fours in his 90-ball innings.
But Jack Furnival’s 6-31, allied to a couple of strikes from Babar Khan, ensured that the contest was on a knife-edge at the halfway point.
Alex Thorley (42) fronted the home side’s run chase, and although Kashif Ali Moon made 38 lower down, Norton in Hales were bowled out for 140.
Nick Hubble took 3-35 for the new table-toppers, with Adam Ralphs and Tom Mason sharing four wickets.
Oakamoor were in sparkling form on their travels as they returned from Rode Park & Lawton with the 15 points.
The odds were heavily stacked in Oakamoor’s favour once they had piled up 255-5 from their 40 overs.
That mammoth total was largely thanks to Kris Heathcote’s unbeaten 98, although support was in plentiful supply from Will Leeson (47), Tom Sherratt (32) and Adam Keates (30). Neil Crump claimed two wickets.
Chris Henderson replied with 50 – and there was 20 from Lewis Bent – but Rode Park & Lawton were restricted to 113-7 when play ended.
Heathcote made it a superb individual day with 3-27. Matt Wolff also played his part with two victims.
Alsager needed a captain’s innings from Gareth Rowe to see them past the challenge of Bignall end.
Set 153 to win, Alsager were rocking on 78-6 after a couple of wickets from Ahsam Zaroof.
However, skipper Rowe smashed four fours and five sixes in his 54 not out, and Andrew Watkins chipped in with an unbeaten 27, to steer Alsager to a four-wicket victory.
Bignall End had earlier been bowled out for 152, in which Adrian Lello junior made 49 and Zaroof weighed in with 31.
However, their progress was scuppered somewhat by Watkins’ 4-27 and 3-26 from Stephen Groom.
Caverswall eased to the point at home against Stafford.
Stafford’s decision to bat first backfired as they were routed for a mere 67.
Rumesh Guring made 26, but the exploits of Chris Baranowski (5-19) left them with a paltry total to defend.
Caverswall lost just two wickets in knocking off the runs as Jake Edge and Ben Gorton both made 21.
Sandbach’s fine season continues following a five-wicket victory over Barlaston.
Visitors Barlaston were bowled out for 119 as Ross Kesteven and Jack Kesteven picked up 3-19 and 3-30 respectively. Mitchell Bromley top-scored with 30.
There were a couple of wickets apiece for Joey Sharp and Leigh Matthews on the resumption, but Dane Tinsley (36) and Gareth Lennon (35no) settled the issue in the Cheshire side’s favour.
Silverdale are 15 points better off after beating Kidsgrove.
Kidsgrove posted 166-6 thanks to Haroon Mahmood’s 72 not out. Ethan Sheriff and Alex Maginnis both took two wickets.
Silverdale impressed in the challenge after the interval as they wrapped up a five-wicket victory.
Matt Myatt top-scored with 58, while Matthew Baker chipped in with 30. Anthony Sheeran claimed two wickets.