Chester Boughton Hall’s bid for victory at Alderley Edge was denied by the narrowest of margins in a Premier League thriller at Moss Lane.

Having been put into bat, Hall posted 167 for nine in testing conditions, Tom Wyatt top scoring with an unbeaten 52 while Warren Goodwin hit 39 off 60 balls, Kieran Elliott taking 5-35 off 17 overs.

In reply, Hall skipper Will Owen thundered through Alderley’s top order, taking 5-36 as the hosts were reduced to 46 for six, Hall seemingly well on their way to an away success.

Rick Moore’s 2-4 saw Edge reduced to 80 for nine but the hosts’ final pairing saw out 48 balls between them to cling on for an unlikely draw and leave Hall bitterly frustrated.

Neston’s 100 per cent record was ended but they clung on for a draw at Nantwich.

The hosts posted 254 for nine which included 79 from Luke Robinson as former Hall bowler Ash Davis claimed 2-66 and Matt Stewart took 4-43.

Neston fell short of their target on 206 for eight but dug in for the draw, Jonny Crick (47) and Chris Hackett (33) in the runs.

Marple beat Bramhall by 30 runs in a low-scoring affair, Timperley chased down 187 to beat Cheadle by one-wicket and Oulton Park comfortably defeated Grappenhall by six wickets, chasing down 188 for victory.

Upton’s strong start to Division One continued with a nine-wicket hammering of Stockport.

Stockport were dismissed for just 78 as Chris McArthur took 5-31 and Liam Sundve claimed 3-22. In reply, Matt Owen made 54 not out as Upton strolled to victory on 79 for one off just 21 overs.

Barrow got the better of an entertaining draw at home to Sale. Alex Reid struck 92 for Barrow in their 221 for two, Chris Woodcock (45no) and Iroshan De Silva (38) adding valuable scores.

Sale fell 10 runs short but held on for a draw on 211 for seven, De Silva taking 3-38, as Matt Spells made 73 not out.

Alvanley’s strong start to Division Two continued with a 38-run win over Romiley.

The hosts posted 105 all out on a tricky pitch, Chris Wright making an invaluable 24 with Lee Ainsworth adding 19.

That proved a big enough score as the visitors were dismissed for just 67 as Ainsworth (3-5), Dave Shewring (2-22) and Chris Charles (2-25) produced excellent figures.

Christleton suffered a low-scoring 20-run home defeat against Warrington. The visitors posted 112 all out, Sam Houghton hitting 41 as Shavaiz Saif took a superb 5-29 off 11 overs, while Arslan Dar chipped in with 2-36.

Christleton were then bowled out inside 25 overs for 92, Atif Bajwa’s 24 off 17 balls the only real score of note as Ashley Scholes took 7-24 from 12.2 overs.

Tattenhall were thrashed by 104 runs at Lindow, who made 155 all out from 39 overs, despite the best efforts of Aamir Afzal (5-42).

Hall could only muster 51 all out in reply as Tim Young took 6-22.