WIDNES Cricket Club didn't enjoy the best of weekends after losing to bottom-of-the-table Grappenhall on Saturday in the league and going down the following day at Oulton Park in the Fred Graham Memorial Trophy.
Grappenhall's Neil Titchard, cousin to Widnes's Steve, clinched a career best of 9-56.
Put into bat, Widnes started well enough with Phil Catterall and Tony Hurdley putting on 32 runs.
Adam Landry and Catterall took the score past 50 and then spinner Titchard changed the complexion of the game completely.
Catterall became the first victim for 34 and Landry mistimed a sweep and was caught for 44. Titchard then, to his great delight, bowled his cousin for nine. Ian Spencer was bowled first ball and Simon Tabb lasted five balls before he too was bowled.
Bappa Mukherjee batted well, scoring 37, and received support from Steve Watson and captain Andrew Woods. But Widnes had to bat on for 55 overs, losing valuable bonus points and leaving Grappenhall a target of 185.
Grappenhall made a sound start with former Lancashire player Richard Green opening the batting with James McCoy.
After McCoy fell, caught behind off Dyson, and Green retired ill, Sharp and Jackson kept the momentum going for the visitors.
Grappenhall were determined to go for a win, and even when wickets started to fall as Mukherjee worked his magic, they continued to keep up with the required run rate.
Green returned to blast three sixes but then fell to a catch on the boundary.
Mukherjee took his sixth wicket and Spencer made a brilliant stumping off Dyson to leave Grappenhall nine wickets down and six runs still required.
However, in the final over, Dyson no-balled and with the last delivery of the game, fired the ball down the leg side and Grappenhall won by one wicket and four byes.
The following day, Widnes ran into a strong batting line-up at Oulton Park. The Park were put into bat by Woods and Andy Kent (86), Paul Berry (52) and John Davies (55 not out) helped the home side amass 255-6.
Widnes could never quite match the required scoring rate and always looked likely to fall short. In the end, Widnes were bowled out for 203 with four overs remaining.
This Saturday, Widnes travel to Warrington while the 2nd XI entertain Hyde. On Sunday, the thirds host Stockport.