AIZAZ Cheema put in another devastating bowling display to set up Crewe's sixth win of the season on Saturday.
Hosts Cheadle could not cope with the excellence of Pakistani pace ace Cheema, whose figures of 6-49 included his second hat-trick of the season.
Cheadle were dismissed for 106 after being put into bat. They were soon on the back foot as Cheema clean-bowled both openers for just six runs.
Star batsman Tom Gower had opened the bowling for Crewe in a surprise move, but it paid off as he had Cheadle's dangerous professional Imran Jawaid well caught by Matt Dawson at mid-off for eight.
Darren Plant and Will Riley staged a revival with a half-century stand before Annu Sinha had Riley caught behind by Mark Hurst.
Dawson came on and dismissed Plant, and Cheema blew away the lower order in an incredible spell, taking four more wickets.
Crewe made a poor start in reply, losing Nick Lange in the first over. But Hurst and Mark Spencer got their heads down in a dogged partnership.
Crewe were comfortable at 46-2, but that changed to 50-4 and the visitors were rocking. The experienced Richard Marsh (27no) and in-form Gower (27no) took the team to a six-wicket victory with some fine shots in their stand of 60, earning 20 valuable Division One points.
Also in Division One, bottom club Haslington failed to continue their winning run at leaders Meir Heath. Skipper Matt Saive won the toss and put Meir into bat, but he had to wait a long time before getting their first wicket due to openers Stonier and Crump's sensible batting.
Stonier was eventually bowled by pro Adnan Farooq for 30, and it sparked a flurry of wickets. A superb onehanded catch from Dean Bedson dismissed Sharpe before three lbws left Meir rocking. The lower order battled hard, enabling their side to declare on 150-8.
Both Haslington openers fell early in the chase but Bedson and Lee Morris did a fine job in rebuilding the innings with a partnership of 57. When Morris was bowled by Clarke for 26, Johnny Phipps and Bedson took the score up to 95 before Bedson (47) was bowled.
In dark conditions, Haslington's lower order tried to stay with Phipps but six wickets fell for just 15 runs and the side was 110ao.
In the Premier, Elworth kept their heads above water with a creditable draw against Checkley. Batting first, the South Cheshire side were grateful to Rob Beech (44) and Pete Davies (31) as they got them off to a good start.
South African ace Ian Mitchell went for a duck but Dave Palin (68) took the score on with fine shots. Ricky Ballard (28) and Richard Cope (10) added to the score as the hosts posted 206-6.
Checkley opener M Hall (1) was trapped lbw by Paul Crompton in the first over but Keith Barnett (73) and N outstanding Crompton (5-69) whittled away, the visitors were determined and held on for a draw at 197-8.
Meanwhile, rock-bottom Betley earned a vital draw against Burslem. Simon Cork (80) did most of the damage as they set a target of 164ao (N Shah 6-65). The visitors stuttered but, despite Richard Cooper (5-36), held on for 83-7 and a share of the spoils.
Seconds: Burslem 159-3 (R Mellor 73no) Betley 158ao (A Simcock 61); Elworth 182-5 (N Morgan 38, B Bleasedale 50) Checkley 178-7(dec) (A Whitehead 37, D Oldfield 3-26). Crewe 151ao (M Hurst 31, M Lucas 4-40)