Will Owen believes Chester Boughton Hall can further reignite their unlikely title chase with victory at Cheadle on Saturday.

The Filkins Lane outfit have produced a superb run of form to move into third spot in the Premier League, following last weekend’s emphatic nine-wicket win over Alderley Edge, where Rick Moore shone with 4-17 before hitting an unbeaten 72.

Retaining the title remains a long shot with eight games left, trailing leaders Timperley by 69 points, but with both the top two - Timperley and Nantwich – face each other this weekend and are both still to play Hall.

Next up for Hall is a trip to struggling Cheadle, and captain Owen said: “We’re now playing our best cricket and we’re reaching the defining part of our season.

“We were really professional against Alderley Edge and took the game in our stride. Rick Moore is in the form of his life and it really makes a difference having a settled side.

“We’ve now got four away games on the trot starting with Cheadle this weekend. We got it wrong against them at home and contrived to lose a game that we should’ve won so we’re be looking to put that right.

“Then it’s on to games against the top two, Nantwich and Timperley but we’re worry about that after this weekend.

“One game at a time. I know it’s a cliche but we’re focused for now on this Saturday when we’re targeting 25 points.”

Toft head to Oulton Park, Alderley Edge host Grappenhall, Neston visit Bramhall and Disbury take on Marple.

In Division One, Tom Marslands’ Upton can close in on a return to the top tier with victory over struggling Sale.

Upton lie second in the table and have a 19-point cushion over third-placed Widnes, who go to Oxton.

At the wrong end of the table, bottom-club Barrow are in desperate need of a second win of the season when they host Davenham.

Other Division One fixtures: Hyde v Bowdon; Oxton v Widnes; Urmston v Stockport.

In Division Two, the region’s three teams face crunch fixtures for different reasons.

Fifth-placed Alvanley – who suffered a disappointing defeat to Romiley last week – need to beat Runcorn at home to reignite their promotion push.

Christleton host Brooklands at Little Heath and will be wary not to get sucked into the relegation battle, while Tattenhall – currently occupying the second relegation spot – head to Mobberley needing points to climb back up the table.

Other Division Two fixtures: Hale Barns v Weaverham; Lindow v Romiley; Northwich v Warrington.

In the Chester Cricket League, Westminster Park go in search of a third win in a row away at Audlem in Division Four.

Chester County Officers head to Holmes Chapel in Division Three, with Officers seconds in home action against Bromborough.

Saughall lie second in Division C West and can close in on promotion with victory at home to Upton fourths, who lie seventh.