BAPPA Mukherjee took no chances as the rain clouds gathered menacingly over Beaconsfield Road.
He safely dispatched three successive balls to the boundary to finish with a top-score 40no as Widnes launched the second half of their Murray Smith Cheshire County League Premier Division campaign with a win.
They beat Macclesfield by six wickets, the visitors having soon hit trouble after choosing to bat.
Fine catches by Tony Hurdley, Andrew Woods and Adam Landry had handed Steve Titchard three wickets and paceman Gareth Dyson one as the away side were reduced to 26-4 from 12 overs.
Tony Hurdley took the first of his three wickets after 25 more runs had been added, with Dyson then chipping in with his second.
A brave effort saw Cutbill score 21, but with the predatory Mukherjee bagging two late wickets for just one run, Macclesfield had collapsed to 85ao.
Widnes' innings began disastrously with openers James McCoy and Titchard falling without a run being scored.
When Landry edged a wide delivery to slip, Widnes were in trouble at 16-3.
But Mukherjee joined Hurdley in taking the hosts to within 10 runs of their target and although the latter was caught for 24, Widnes helped themselves to 25 points.
A big weekend sees Widnes host Oxton in the league on Saturday (1pm) before welcoming Birkenhead Park in the Cheshire Cup quarter-final on Sunday.
Paul Kirby enjoyed a triple-wicket maiden and Alan Hitch-mough a splendid century as depleted Widnes 2nd claimed 25 points from an exciting win at Macclesfield.
The visitors scored an impressive 256-3 off 37 overs with veteran opener Hitchmough reaching 111 before being caught on the boundary.
Steve Walton made 66no and skipper Tim Wearden 31.
Pretorious claimed the first Macclesfield wicket in the opening over but despite the fall of their number three, Macclesfield accrued steadily.
Moores made 43 before being bowled by leg spinner Peter Findlater, but it was Kirby who produced the match-turning performance.
He took a wicket in his first over and three more in the space of four balls in a runless second, en route to figures of 6-3-15-4.
Hitchmough then showed his skills with the ball to finish off the job.
Widnes U11s beat Hightown on Friday in the Merseyside area final of the Lancashire Cup eight-a-side cup.
Widnes posted 227 and limited Hightown to 213 in a tense tie.
Widnes will now host a side from the Lancashire League on a date to be arranged.