The last club with a 100 per cent record in the Cheshire Premier League Neston were held to a draw in a tight finish by a much-improved performance from Alderley Edge at Parkgate.
Alderley rattled up an impressive 241 for six in a match reduced by rain to 106 overs, Adam Wildig 84, Jon Steele 50, Andy Clarke 4-57.
With skipper David Hirst and Luke Camden both going well Neston, were on course for a fourth straight win until both were dismissed for 78 and 53 respectively.
Part time spinner Alan Day weighed in with 4-29 and Neston were obliged to hang on at 234 for nine which earned them only seven points to their visitors’ 15.
Chester Boughton Hall inflicted the third defeat on promoted Bowdon at Filkins Lane after restricting their visitors to 172 for eight, a tally which would have been notably smaller but for a fine innings of 97 from Simon Marshall. Jack Williams claimed 4-63.
Despite five stoppages for rain, CBH coasted home at 174 for four in only 35 overs Lancashire’s big-hitter Jordan Clark scoring 65 and skipper Steve Ogilby an unbeaten 30.
Champions Nantwich registered an overdue first victory, by an impressive eight wickets margin at Grappenhall, hitherto unbeaten since promotion.
Grappenhall were bowled out for 181, Adam Roylance 63, J. Grewer 3-30. The Dabbers’ teenager Sam Hunt, 79 and Old Trafford starlet Lou Livingstone, 65 not out, knocked off the runs at 182 for two in 38 overs.
Marple also recorded a maiden victory, by eight wickets at Didsbury, whose form is up and down. Didsbury were restricted to 192 for eight, their Sri Lankan batsman Dinidu Jayatillake contributing 62 and Simon Normanton 52, while Andy Greasley turned in an immaculate 4-55 off 15 overs.
Marple stormed to 193 for two in 35 overs, Jonny Marshall 69, and Beau Webster a run a ball 63 not out.
Danny Cranmer who played little last season due to a hand injury, was the star of Hyde’s 64 runs win at Oxton. Batting at seven, he top-scored with 47, helping James Duffy, 45 to a tally of 194 against fine bowling from another Sri Lankan Gayan Fernando, who returned 7-70 off 22 overs.
Oxton were all out for 130 in reply, Alex Money 45, Cranmer taking 5-33 and Greg Lomax 3-13.
Rain interrupted every game to various degrees and clubs, umpires and groundsmen are to be commended for getting in as much cricket as they did.
At Macclesfield, however, it was impossible to make a start due to heavy downpours and their fixture against Toft became the first casualty of the 2013 weather.