OPENER Paul Coot’s stunning century did not reward promotion-chasing Barnton with a victory at Langley in Division Two on Saturday.
He hammered 161 off 116 balls, including 24 fours and five sixes, as the visitors amassed a season-best 273-9 off their 45 overs.
Coot shared in a first-wicket stand worth 139 with Rick Farnworth (35) as he survived two dropped catches to reach a ton from just 82 deliveries.
Left-arm pace man Danny Brown (4-49) made sure no other partnerships flourished in the middle order.
Sunny Malik (30) scored quickly in the hosts’ reply before Neil Langham (4-68) applied the brakes to leave Langley at 57-4 from 14 overs.
Michael Kenneady (100no) and Chris Pattison (36) added 119 runs for the fifth wicket, taken by Langham, before the innings closed 56 runs short at 218-7.
Kingsley lost by four wickets at home to Ashley in the same section.
The hosts, after winning the toss, recovered from 95-7 to post 181 all out after Travis Martin (46) and Ed Leneghan put on 49 runs for the eighth wicket at the Croft.
Toby Mullins (51 off 54 balls) had led the way at the top of the order.
Ashley slipped to 54-4 in reply before star turn Subtain Baig, who had taken five wickets before the turnaround, reached a half-century in a partnership with Waqas Mahmood (44no) that helped the visitors to 182-6 with five overs remaining.
Winnington Park slumped to a 10-wicket defeat at home to Barrow after they were dismissed for 117 at the Rec.
Oakmere remain rooted to the bottom of the table in Division One after falling to a convincing six-wicket reverse at Stockport Georgians.
The men from Overdale Lane were bowled out for 91, with five batsmen unable to build a sizeable innings after making it to double figures.
Stockport replied with 93-4, passing their target in the 23rd over, with captain Nick Guest (3-35) taking three wickets for the Northwich-based outfit.
Winsford went down by 45 runs in Division Three to pace-setting Haslington, who posted 182-5 at Knights Grange after being put in.
Craig Webb took 3-65.
The home team succumbed for 133 in reply, with Barry Crellin (41) and Colin Dean (32) putting on 44 runs for the fourth wicket.