Sandbach seconds just about held Audley thirds at bay in their weekend meeting.
The NSSCL Division Seven match was on a knife-edge until the last ball, but it was visitors Sandbach who won by one run.
The Cheshire side amassed 214-9 in the early stages of the afternoon, with experienced campaigner Richard Bowyer and Ben Collett fronting their batting bid.
Bowyer, in the twilight of his career, showed his quality with 62, while Collett added 42 in a first-wicket stand of 109. Paul Harris took 5-42.
Charles Birkin (59) and Thomas Boundy (41) led the Audley reply, and although William Shenton made 28 not out late on, they closed on 213-8.
There was another close finish in the match between Woore and Checkley thirds.
Joe Lawton (64), Jamie Richardson (42no), Connor Bassett (38) and Jason Carrigan (30) led Checkley to 225-5. Michael Griffiths and Andy Kenvyn both took two wickets.
Andrew Burton (62) and Amy Griffiths (31) were in good form after tea, but double strikes from Isaac Ridgway and Freddie Whitehead ensured Woore were 223-8 at stumps.
Betley were quick off the mark to beat Newcastle & Hartshill fourths by 10 wickets.
Harvey Lowe’s 4-17 and 3-7 from Ryan Cheetham saw Castle dismissed for just 64. Vinnie Purcell top-scored with 17.
It took 10 overs for Betley to complete victory as Patrick Wilkes made 33 and Willoughby Happe added 25.
Onneley were also convincing winners on their visit to Wedgwood.
Arfan Mohammad’s 89 underpinned Onneley’s 166-9. And then Neil West claimed 3-12 to skittle Wedgwood for 70.
Porthill Park fourths returned from Church Eaton seconds with a three-wicket win in a high-scoring encounter.
Robert Hogarth (88) and Andrew Hogarth (49no) inspired Church Eaton to 211-7. Porthill Park rose to the challenge, though, as Mathew Guest’s 73-ball 82 and 46 from James Cope saw them home.
Kidsgrove won on the road at Oakamoor thirds.
Tom Coppenhall made 91 in Kidsgrove’s 195 all out, which also featured 5-17 from Jacob Fullick and Peter Walford’s 4-65.
Jonathan Wood (52) gave Oakamoor hope of success, but Kian Davis’ 4-12 left them all out for 162.
AUDLEM continued their excellent start to life in NSSCL Division Eight with an easy win at Meakins fourths.
Audlem opted to bat first and put the scoreboard in to overdrive by reaching 322-7 from their 40 overs.
Dan Butler, batting at number seven, made a 60-ball unbeaten 100, while Chris Shenton and Dave Parkinson added 51 apiece.
Yumeth Athauda was the pick of the Meakins attack, ending up with figures of 3-54.
Audlem’s Simon Swift then produced a remarkable spell to unseat Meakins.
Swift took 5-1 from 6.2 overs to dismiss Meakins for 60. Neil Humphries claimed 3-16, while Bede Landon’s 17 was the top score.
Adrian Cockett scored a century in Crewe seconds’ win at Porthill Park fifths.
Cockett hit 14 fours and five sixes in his 122 as Crewe posted 242-8. Daniel Starnes chipped in with 45, while Kyle Tideswell scooped 3-34.
Tideswell then made 54 in the run chase – and William Booth struck 31 – but Thuva Murali’s 3-14 ensured Porthill Park were bowled out for 145.
Cheadle thirds made it a hat-trick of away wins in the division as they emerged victorious from their trip to Stafford fourths.
Matthew Degg and Joe Degg scored 57 not out and 38 respectively as Cheadle managed to reach 186-8 at the end of their allocation.
Stafford couldn’t find any real momentum in their reply, and although Joseph Glayshier top-scored with 33, they were bowled out for 104.
Owen Turner took 3-21, while there were double strikes from Jamie Bratt, David Wilson and Joe Degg.