NANTWICH's first win in five attempts came with a stunning success at league leaders Neston on Saturday.
The Dabbers cast aside any lingering doubts about their ECB Premier Division safety with a comfortable win over the title chasers.
An improved bowling display restricted the hosts to 186 all out, and commanding batting performances by Jeff Maynard (55), Oliver Sadler (50), Nick James (35no) and Ray Doyle (26no) ensured a winning score of 188-4.
Director of cricket David Sadler said: 'A performance like that leaves you wondering what might have been this season.
'We won comfortably and played really well. There was something for everybody on the wicket, and we bowled much more consistently. James Warrington did particularly well.
'But we did put down a few catches and they got more runs than we'd hoped.
'However, Oliver and Jeff broke the back of it with a partnership of 79. Then the two young lads batted well to see us home.'
He added: 'We've always known that having so many young players will make us a little inconsistent. But we want to finish the season strongly.'
Warrington (3-45), Barrington Browne (3-43) and Derek Tate (2-45) did most of the damage in the Neston innings. Nantwich lost Chris Simpson (4) early on but were never in trouble.
Nantwich 2nds lost to Neston 2nds, after batting first and posting 179 all out (D Cook 48, Paul Stockton 36). Neston made 183-4 (M Symns 2-44).
Nantwich U21s are looking for their fourth straight win in their fifth consecutive Cheshire U21 Cup Final, against Stockport at Nantwich's White-house Lane on Sunday (1pm).
Sadler said: 'We don't know much about Stockport so we will give them our full respect.'
In Division One, battling ALSAGER secured their second win of the season against Bredbury, who batted first and were 151 all out (Gary Pickford 5-35). Alsager won on 154-7 (Mike Watkins 40no).
In Division Two, MIDDLEWICH managed a draw with Division Two's surprise package side Burnage on Saturday.
After winning the toss, Burnage decided to bat. Middlewich's breakthrough came in just the fourth over when Shepherd trapped Baig (7)lbw.
A second-wicket stand of 78 saw Burnage race to 91 before Phillip Parry struck, removing opener Maqsood for 60.
Wickets then fell regularly and Burnage finished on a very modest 206 all out.
The confident Middlewich openers strode out with belief of chasing the total down. However, Burnage opening bowler Abbas (5-51) caused them immediate problems, and the visitors were 3-3.
At 46-4 youngster Nick Gill came to the crease to join the experience James Cornford and they began to tick the runs down.
Both batsmen played outstanding innings to take the game to Burnage. Putting on 95 for the fifth wicket, Gill and Cornford had batted Middlewich back into the game.
Gill reached 50, and Cornford finished his innings on 70. But with a shortened batting line up, Middlewich soon settled for batting out for the draw and took home 12 valuable points with the score on 188-8.