TEENAGER James McCoy hit Minor Counties bowler Barney Cutbill for six boundaries in a remarkable first over of Widnes' reply as his side convincingly brushed aside their Bramhall visitors.
With three current Cheshire players in their ranks, the visitors were dismissed for a paltry 136 on a perfect batting strip - despite being aided by dropped catches.
The hosts won by eight wickets with their 25-point haul lifting them into third place in the CD Bramall Cheshire County League's Premiership - behind Hyde and Oulton Park.
It had not started so prom-isingly for Widnes who had been put into bat.
Steve Titchard and Tony Hurd-ley had no early success with Dawson and Nick Cantello taking the score past 50.
However, in the 13th over Titchard trapped Dawson in front for 31.
After 16 overs, Bappa Mukherjee and Sean Moore were introduced.
But Bramhall moved their score onto 93 before Mukherjee bowled county ace Cantello for 30.
In the very next over, Moore bowled another Cheshire star Andy Hall for one and wickets then fell at frequent intervals.
Mukherjee was the chief beneficiary, taking 7-42 from 17 overs.
After only three overs, Widnes had scored 48 runs with McCoy having supplied 38 of them.
He was then caught in the gully, leaving Steve Titchard and Danny Naughton to progress in a more sedate fashion.
Not that they were slow, however. After only 23 overs, with five required for victory, Naughton was stumped for 32.
Consecutive boundaries by Sean Moore saw Widnes home with Titchard unbeaten on 59.
Disappointing Widnes 2nd XI were beaten at Timperley on Saturday.
Luke McCoy, making his debut, scored 25 to assist Ben Williams (32), Phil Catterall (38) and captain Danny Morris (29no) in a total of 170.
Timperley's openers put on a partnership of 128 and won by six wickets.
Jamal Khojani had the best bowling return with 2-39.
The seconds made amends, however, the following day - defeating Hyde in the quarter-finals of the AE Taylor Trophy by 18 runs.
Batting first, Widnes totalled 206 with Catterall (91) the mainstay.
Hyde were 162-2 when Danny Moore and Anthony Nickson swung the game Widnes's way with two wickets apiece. Robert Morris chipped in with two wickets to see Widnes through.
This Sunday sees the first team at home to Poynton in the last eight of the Cheshire Cup. But before that, they visit Neston in a Premier League fixture.
The seconds entertain Neston on Saturday.