NESTON overcame Bootle in their Group Seven third round Kingfisher Beer cup tie at Parkgate.
In a thrilling match Michael Gill top scored with 72 as Bootle made 167-9 off their 45 overs with Neston's Chris Hackett claiming 3-23.
Neston scored consistently throughout their innings in the face of some good bowling from David Snellgrove (3-21) but the winning runs did not arrive until the last over as the Wirral side claimed a four wicket victory with just two balls to spare.
Northern continued their fine start to the season by progressing to the second round of the Ray Digman Trophy at the expense of Southport and Birkdale on Sunday.
S&B relinquished home advantage due to a waterlogged pitch and were left cursing the weather as Tom Bailey (58) and skipper James Cole (72no) added 90 runs for the third wicket to ensure Northern posted a formidable 213-5 off their 45 overs. In reply S&B were unable to put up much of a fight as they were skittled out for just 84. Justin Snow took 4-18 for Northern who now travel to Maghull in the second round.
In the same competition Ormskirk eased into the third round with a one-sided victory over Lytham. Guy Roberts (63) and Ben Saunders (51) helped Lytham reach 181 all out off 44.5 overs with Gavin Griffiths picking up 4-33. Ormskirk's reply was based around a huge opening stand of 161 between Ian Robinson (85no) and Matthew Glayzer (73) which allowed the Premier league champions to notch a massive nine wicket win and book their place in the semi final where they will play the winners of Maghull and Northern.