MOLD returned to the top of the Chester and District Midweek League table following their 22-run success at Academicals.

The Flintshire side had slipped from top spot after back-to-back defeats, but returned to the summit as they successfully defended their 166 for five, Richard Crane and Richard Deniz both scoring half centuries.

That win was enough to send Mold top with Tarporley without a game and Red Lion and Kingsley Knights both suffering defeats.

Jamie Brailsford hit an unbeaten 48 as Hawarden Park (139-4) saw off Kingsley Knights (138-6) by six wickets, while John Lloyd struck a half century to help Llay Welfare (120-4) overcome Red Lion (119-9) by the same margin. Richie Davies hit 50 for the beaten side.

Brymbo Brewers were helped in their quest for the Division Two title as they claimed a walkover win at West Cheshire Xbatters, while second placed Chester Lions (113-9) beat HGWCC (111-7) by one-wicket.

Phil Bradfield struck 53 as Mynydd Isa clinched a six-wicket success over visiting Cornerhouse (113-9).

Home advantage was key in Division Three as Gwersyllt Park, The Groves, West Cheshire College and West Kirby Wasps all recorded victory.

Having restricted Cross Keys to 97 for seven, hosts Gwersyllt responded with 98 for six to claim a four-wicket win, while The Groves (104-5) beat visiting Gresford (100) by five wickets.

Halkyn (96-8) came unstuck at West Cheshire College (97-2) who won by eight wickets and West Kirby Wasps defeated Manor Athletic (85) by 10 wickets.

Bromborough could take their place in the record books - for all the wrong reasons - after their seven-men were bowled out for just six.

With only six players opting to bat, Bromborough only lasted until the second over, before opponents Castle Square Cutters reached seven without loss from eight balls.

Oakmere (151-8) were also winners as they beat Outlaws (142-8) by nine runs.

Division Five leaders Bank of America (71) lost their perfect start to the campaign as they lost by 10 wickets at Dodleston (76-0).

That defeat for Bank of America allowed Wirral (103-1) to move level on points following their nine-wicket home win over Frodsham (98-7).

Kinnerton beat Oak Tree Outlaws by the virtue that they only lost four wickets compared with the home side's seven after both team's had scored 159.

Shotton were also victorious after Westminster Park failed to raise a team.

Division Six table toppers Buckley made it eight wins in a row as they beat Chester Taverners (92-5) by 10 wickets, Louis Parry hitting 53 in the successful run chase.

Defib (104-3) were also winners as they defeated MP Plumbing (102-6) by seven wickets.