WITH two games left, Oulton Park lead by 11 points from Neston, who suffered a shock six wickets defeat against struggling Nantwich in The Right Move Abroad Cheshire County League ECB Premier Division.
Neston mustered a below par 186, which included a fine 84 by teenager David Hurst, due to key man Simon Marshall being called up for Lancashire.
Nantwich found this target no problem with a reply of 188-4, thanks to 55 from Jeff Maynard and 50 by Ollie Sadler leaving the Parkgate men with a miserly eight points return.
Meanwhile in the Business Assistance Liverpool Competition Premier League, Ormskirk dealt a huge blow to leaders New Brighton’s championship chances on Saturday with a 25-run win.
Young wicketkeeper John Simpson and Suwanji Madanayake combined to bring about their downfall at Rake Lane.
Simpson scored 47 (six fours) in Ormskirk’s 249-8 declared (55), sharing a third wicket stand of 103 with Matthew Glayzer (63, eight fours, three sixes), while Ian Glayzer contributed 43.
Then the keeper captured seven New Brighton victims – four stumped, three caught – and, with Suwanji Madanayake‘s magnificent spell of 7-64, the home side fell for 224 (52), with Kiwi Jess Ryder the mainstay with 90 off 85 balls (seven fours, six sixes).
Wallasey’s Kuran Makol proved the difference between the sides with a superb all-round show to beat Leigh by three wickets.
Makol (5-94) and Chris Bourne (4-95) did most of the damage as Leigh, at one stage 116-7 recovered to 220 (59.3), mainly through the efforts of Greg Jennings (68, four sixes, nine fours) and Keiron Grundy (41).
The Wirral side slipped to 93-5 before Makol intervened, hitting an unbeaten 73 (one six, 11 fours) and sharing 98 with Ritchie Conlan (33) to guide his side home. Teenage spinner Kishan Patel took 5-62.