Hyde parked at top
Neston were held to a draw by Bowdon’s tail-enders so Hyde leap-frogged their Parkgate rivals to top the Chapel Press Cheshire ECB Premier League for the first time.
By beating 2009 champions Oulton Park by 30 runs at Werneth Low, Hyde stretched their unbeaten run to 13 games having gone from May 8 without a defeat.
They posted 195 with Tom Twiney making 47, James Duffy 41 and Nathan Dumelow taking 4-13. Despite another fine contribution by former Derbyshire all-rounder Dumelow with 45, Oulton were bowled out for 165, with spinner Danny Cranmer taking 4-27 and paceman Rob Woolley 4-47.
Nantwich won their seventh successive game to lie second just four points behind after a sound performance at Alderley Edge, whom they bowled out for 169 after Richard Wilkinson made 59 and Lou Vincent took 4-45.
The Dabbers replied with 173 for six to win by four wickets Ray Doyle contributing a vital 71.
A key fixture is likely to be the clash of Hyde and Nantwich at Werneth Low on Saturday, August 21st.
At home to Bowdon, Neston skipper Jack Smith top-scored with 85 while Gareth Edwards took 4-62 and Carl Hey 5-83 after marathon spin bowling stints of 27 and 22 overs respectively.
Bowdon were saved by a rearguard action from 16 year-old Joe Cooper, whose sturdy innings of 42 helped them close on 166 for nine, Paul Stimson finishing with 4-15.
Chester Boughton Hall’s prolific opener Warren Goodwin made it five centuries in an astonishing 15 days spell with another commanding innings, this time against Toft at Filkins Lane.
Goodwin contributed 122 not out to his side’s declared tally of 234 for three, enjoying an opening stand worth 212 with Steve Ogilby (88), the pair’s third successive century plus pairing.
Toft were bundled out for 125 by Ajit Ranjan 4-43 and that man Goodwin 3-20.
Oxton eased into mid-table safety with a 10 wicket win on the ground of bottom team Bramhall who were all out for 136 after Kieron O’Connor contributed 58.
Oxton responded with 138 without loss in 38 overs, Mark Rowlands hitting out lustily to post 103 and junior partner Andy Gibson 26.
Didsbury also eased themselves away from the relegation zone and committed Urmston to 11th place with a four wicket win in the day’s lowest-scoring game.
Urmston mustered a miserable 73 all out, with Andy Windle, who took 5-37 and Nick Anderson (4-27), bowling unchanged.
It was then Didsbury’s turn to struggle, before Greg Dixon scored a match-winning 37 in their response of 78 for six.