JAMES Drummond's handy effort with the bat lacked sufficient support as Toft came crashing back down to earth.

Following the previous weekend's heroics in winning the Cheshire County League's T20 title at Hyde, a return to the same venue for Saturday's ECB Premier League encounter had an altogether different outcome.

Toft, fourth from bottom of the table, slipped to a fourth league loss in five outings after failing to haul in Hyde's 197.

Opener Drummond's 78 from 136 balls, including nine fours and a six, was the highlight of an innings that only included three other double-figure scores, the next best total being 39 from James Scott.

When Drummond left the crease, having become one of four victims to Cole Turner, with the score at 172-9 it seemed Toft's best chance of victory had gone.

And so it proved, with James Hodgson being caught for 0 on the third ball he faced.

Toft's bowlers had helped to give their batsmen a chance, with Tom Forster (4-48) and James Lomas (4-39) leading the wicket taking against a Hyde side sat fifth.

In the reverse fixture for the second teams, Toft were convincing winners against Hyde.

Paul Ashley (2-12), Daniel Gibbon (3-26) and Gohar Rashid (2-5) set about cutting short the visitors' time at the crease and had them all out for 79 before the start of the 34th over.

Only four of Toft's batsmen got to the crease in the reply as the total was overhauled in 20 overs for the loss of only two wickets.

Openers Tom Maddocks (14) and Ed Stubbs (39) set a platform which allowed S Locke (10no) and Max Nightingale (10no) wrap up the success.

Andrew Bones and Maddocks came together for a cracking partnership in the thirds' clash with Hyde in the Sunday Premier Division.

Number three batsman Bones (131no) and opener Maddocks (86no) steered the hosts to 231-1 declared after 42 overs.

But Hyde put up stubborn resistance and reached 212-9 by the end of their 48 overs to hang on for a draw.

Visiting skipper, wicketkeeper and opening bat Henry Carne (84) was a key wicket for Paul Ashley, while Daniel Gibbon (3-49) skittled out the most.