LORD'S dreams ended with Widnes' seven-wicket defeat in Birmingham on Sunday.
The visitors never recovered after falling to 65-5 against Cockspur Cup quarter-final hosts Barnt Green.
Widnes had been put in by former England spinner Richard Illing-worth and from an inauspicious start, they did well to reach 137.
Tony Hurdley and Richard Evans brought respectability to the score and when the latter was caught in the deep for 22, Hurdley and veteran Steve Walton (13) scurried between the wickets.
Hurdley was unbeaten on 57 when the innings closed.
But with the sun drying out the wicket and Barnt Green being cautious in pursuit of a modest target, Widnes' bowlers found it difficult to break through.
Wickets to Shahid Mahboob and Hurdley offered a glimmer of hope but Barnt Green overtook the Widnes score with 10 overs spare.
A large crowd gathered for a tie washed out seven days earlier.
James McCoy hit three boundaries before being caught, and the controversial dismissal of Steve Titchard was another massive blow.
The ex-Lancashire all-rounder was given out, caught behind to a delivery which brushed a thigh.
Phil Catterall fell in a runout mixup and with Bappa Mukherjee and Mahboob being bowled for golden ducks, Widnes were in trouble.
The weekend was not without its knockout successes, however.
After Friday's 20-run victory in the Murray Smith Cheshire County League's Fred Graham Twenty20 quarter-finals, the Beaconsfield Road club is through to finals day at Warrington on Sunday, August 14.
Electing to bat against visiting Timperley, Widnes made a rousing start through McCoy (34) and Titchard (49), while later in the innings, big-hitting Shahid Mahboob's quick 52 thrilled spectators.
Set an unlikely 171 for victory, Timperley made an impressive fight of it but the guile of Mahboob and Mukherjee kept them in check.
Fifteen-year-old Tom Evans took two wickets in the 18th over to confirm the win.
Widnes must have been optimistic of home victory over Alderley Edge on Saturday when rain caused the County League's ECB Premier League fixture to be abandoned.
Put into bat, Edge soon lost former Lancashire batsman Mark Currie - the division's leading run scorer being dismissed by Mahboob.
But from 33-3, the visitors were rescued by Tom Brough (46) as they also overcame various rain interruptions to bat through the full 55 overs for 169-8 (Mukherjee 3-67)
With 48 overs to secure the win, Widnes lost McCoy second ball for nought, but thanks to Titchard and Catterall, they reached 19 without further loss when a downpour put paid to proceedings.
This Saturday, Widnes visit Christleton before entertaining Winnington Park on Sunday (1.30pm) in the Cheshire Cup quarter-finals.