Sandbach are back on top of NSSCL Division Two following their four-wicket win at home against Porthill Park seconds.
Norton-in-Hales had to be content with a draw against Bignall End, which afforded the Cheshire side the chance to move six points clear.
Stuart Burrows’ 3-29 ensured that Porthill Park were limited to 177-6 from their 45 overs.
Faizan Zaroof top-scored with 73, while there were useful contributions from Will Kilgariff (29) and Rohan Hesketh (29).
Sandbach timed their run chase perfectly as they knocked off their target with four overs remaining.
Half-centuries from O’Shay Reddy and Ross Kesteven ensured that Sandbach made their way back to the summit.
Reddy finished unbeaten on 71, with Kesteven making 55, despite the best efforts of Hesketh and Jonathan Tatton, who both took two wickets.
Bignall End had the better of their draw at Norton in Hales.
Ali Azmat’s 60, which contained nine fours and two sixes, 41 from Steven Brierley and Adam Simcox’s 27 helped Bignall end to 192-8 on their road trip.
Kashif Ali Moon (3-30) and Anthony Sheeran (3-33) took three wickets apiece for the home side.
Adrian Lello then helped himself to 3-25 – and there were double strikes from Kieran Peake and Ahsam Zaroof – but Eddie Warrington’s unbeaten 88 led Norton-in-Hales to safety.
Warrington hit eight fours and three sixes in his 88 not out, which ensured Norton in Hales closed on 155-7.
Silverdale won by three wickets at home against Meir Heath.
Visitors Meir Heath took first use and were limited to 148 all out.
Oliver Edwards top-scored with 51, containing seven fours, while Luqman Hussain (34) and Muhammed Waseem (32) also impressed with the willow.
Sam James’ 4-8 and Glynn Moore’s 4-31 did the bulk of the damage for the hosts.
In reply, Darren Weston scooped 6-24, but Silverdale managed to secure the points thanks to Matthew Baker’s 35, Ethan Sherriff’s 23, 22 from Brad Evans and Matthew Moore’s unbeaten 20.
Stafford turned in an impressive performance to win at Oakamoor.
Dave Foster and Ashley Lunn put on 118 for the second wicket as Stafford eventually made the way to 241-5 at the end of their 45 overs.
Foster top-scored with 85 – hitting 11 fours – while Lunn struck eight fours and three sixes in his 72.
Mo Ahmed added 36, with Dilesh Kulasekara taking a couple of wickets for the home side.
Kulasekara was also in fine form with the bat, making 57 not out.
But that was the main score of note as Oakamoor were bowled out for 168.
Sean Connolly was the star man with the ball for Stafford, finishing with 5-32, with Ramiz Patel chipping in with a couple of wickets.
Caverswall banked the points from their home encounter with Alsager.
Jake Edge (49), Mike Dodd (39) and Craig Lancaster (22no) led Caverswall to 186-6. Khalid Jamal scooped 3-51.
Aqeel Ahmed (50) replied positively, but Thomas Caton’s 5-42, plus double strikes from Chris Baranowski and Jamie Ball, dismissed Alsager for 135.
George Hawbrook blazed a rapid century to set up Barlaston’s home win against Rode Park & Lawton.
Hawbrook needed just 60 balls for his 104, striking 12 fours and six sixes, as Barlaston posted 201 all out Richard Bebbington scooped 4-34 and Jack Harrison weighed in with 3-13.
Ian Harding (34) and Martin Dawson (27) led the Rode Park & Lawton chase, but they fell well short as they were bowled out for 115.
Jack Davies, John Aked, Matthew Myers, Mason Bromley and Joey Sharp all took two wickets.