NANTWICH are still on course for a great escape from relegation after a super seven-wicket win over Christleton on Saturday.
The Dabbers have turned their season around after an awful start. With just three games left, they have a real chance of staying in the Premier Division.
The only disappointment of the day was that second-from-bottom Chester Broughton Hall also won to stay within 13 points of the Whitehouse Lane side, although Poynton were beaten and look down and out at the foot of the table.
Despite conceding a whopping 37 extras, the Dabbers bowled out their guests for 116, with more excellent bowling from the resurgent paceman Barrington Browne (4-39).
Paul Stockton (2-14), Nigel Davies (2-15) and Andy Wilgoose (2-8) also weighed in to restrict Christleton, for whom only Darron Cruickshank (19) made a worthwhile contribution.
With a solid 35, Kiwi James De Terte piloted the Dabbers to victory after tea. Jeff Maynard (31 not out) and Davies (21no) got Nantwich home with 118-3 and a welcome 20 points.
Meanwhile, Nantwich U21s are through to the final of the Cheshire U21 Cup after dispatching Davenham U21s in the semi-final on Sunday.
Batting first, Nantwich made 234-7 off their 40 overs, with Wilgoose making a telling 69 and Tom Cowap 67.
In their reply, Davenham struggled against the varied attack of the Dabbers, who had six different wicket-takers. They were dismissed for 169.
Nantwich seconds were beaten when Timperley made 136-6 in their reply to the Dabbers' effort of 135-7(ic), with Ollie Sadler (60).
The third team hammered Alderley Edge in their fixture. Ian Forster was 50no as Nantwich notched 225-5, and Edge were all out for 127 as veteran Peter Bailey grabbed four wickets.
In Division One of the Murray Smith League, classy Indian batsman Ashwin Punja scored 105 to set up Alsager's victory at Winnington Park, their total of 234-7 being 94 too many for Winnington, who were all out for 140 (Jamie Warrington 4-51).
Alsager Cricket Club is staging a twenty/20 match on Sunday, September 11, where a team of professionals from local leagues will play a team made up of local players, including Nantwich men Jeff Maynard and Barrington Browne.
Players will wear coloured clothing and use a white ball. A barbecue and bar will offer refreshments. Admission is free.