CHESHIRE snatched a dramatic six-run victory over Wales on the last day of their Western Division tussle in Swansea.
Oulton Park all-rounder Nathan Dumelow starred with a five-wicket haul, which included the last two of the innings as Wales nearly grabbed victory for themselves at St Helens CC.
Needing 202 for victory, having been 74-1 overnight, Wales slumped to 219-8 thanks to Dumelow and fellow spinner Danny Woods.
But a ninth-wicket partnership of 61 looked to have swung the game back in Wales' favour - until Dumelow wrapped up the innings with two wickets in three balls after a nailbiting finish.
Cheshire skipper Andy Hall said: 'I was getting really nervous at the end.
'We were well in control when we had them 219-8, but they never gave up and when they got to 280 it was a case of hoping we'd get a breakthrough.
'It was a fantastic game of cricket. To win by just six runs proves how close the match was.'
Hall paid special tribute to Dumelow for his match-winning heroics.
'Nathan also had a century for us in the first innings, so he's had a great match,' he said. 'He's such an asset to this team. We're all delighted for him.'