THE only team in Murray Smith Accountants Cheshire County League without a victory, Bramhall, finally broke their duck, beating title hopefuls Nantwich by 18 runs in a major upset at Whitehouse Lane.
Bramhall, whose last win was on August 31, 2002, grafted hard to reach 203-9 off the maximum 60 overs, Australian Jay Bowman scoring 50 and Simon Wilkinson 48, while second team left-arm seam bowler Omar Mian had excellent figures of 6-63 off 22 overs.
Nantwich crashed to 83-6 before a rally led by veteran Lee Prince. The introduction of part-time bowler, Cheshire skipper Andrew Hall with his flighted offspinners, earned him figures of 3-32 and enabled them to root out the tail for 185.
Prince was last out for 48 as Nantwich retain third place but are now 57 points adrift of the top.
Bramhall remain 33 points short of safety and are likely to be relegated along with Urmston, whose 10th defeat was at home to Hyde, who won by four wickets at Moorside Road.
Urmston were restricted to 175-6, Mike Ness making 62 and Mike Davidson 61no. Hyde captain John Ashley (56) and Indian international all-rounder Rudra Singh (46) carried Hyde home.
Oxton were comprehensively beaten at home by Oulton Park after mustering only 94 against an attack spearheaded by Andy McIlroy (3-31) and Cheshire's
Jason Whittaker (3-32). An innings of 46 from another Cheshire star, Danny Leech, highlighted Oulton's reply, Nick Corran taking 3-19.
The Didsbury tail-enders held out to foil Neston's muchneeded victory bid in a lowscoring game at Parkgate. Jamie Hackett (37) was the only batsman to figure in Neston's modest 114 (Cameron Cosstick 3-25) but Didsbury also struggled to close at 105-9 against twin legspinners Simon Marshall and Dave Jones, who took 3-27 and 3-29 respectively.
Chester Boughton Hall closed the gap on leaders Bowdon to 29 points when they gained a maximum return from a nine runs victory over Alderley Edge at Filkins Lane. Chester's 215-6 was led by 63 from Jamie Powell and 60 by all-rounder David Atkin. With Mark Currie on Lancashire duty at Leicester, Alderley Edge fell just short at 206 (Simon Elliott 68). Heath Pritchard (4-57) and Alex Kegg (4-66) again proved the match-winners and this formidable pair have now captured 80 wickets between them.
At the top, Bowdon survived a tricky trip to Macclesfield, where the seamer friendly pitch had all the batsmen in trouble. Bowdon looked likely losers when they were bowled out for 122 (Steve Ball 36, Simon Ackerley 4-20, Craig Melrose 4-21). But their left arm seamer Guy Emmett turned up trumps for the champions, his 5-40, aided by 3-9 from Lancashire's Gary Yates, combined to rout Macclesfield for 79 to register a 43-run victory.