JEFF Maynard rolled back the years with a virtuoso innings to help Nantwich draw at home to Widnes.
The visitors had rattled up the season's highest ECB Premier Division total as they posted 273-4, thanks to some sparkling batting from Australian Adam Landry and former Lancashire batsman Steve Titchard.
The pair shared in a second-wicket partnership of 115 before Titchard was bowled by Olly Sadler for 55.
Landry continued to take the attack to the Nantwich bowlers, however, and finished unbeaten on 103 at the end of the Widnes innings.
The Dabbers suffered a shaky start as they lost opening pair Sadler and Chris Hampshire with the score on 25. But a well-paced knock of 82 not out from Maynard helped lead the recovery.
He shared in a stand of 130 with Aussie youngster Leigh Murphy (55) and although Ray Doyle and Paul Hampshire fell relatively cheaply, captain Andy Newton joined Maynard in the middle to see out the 55 overs and earn a hard-fought draw.
Gareth Dyson, with 3-43, was the pick of the Widnes attack.
There was a shock in the top-of-the-table clash as previously un-beaten leaders Oulton Park were routed for just 23 by reigning champions Bowdon.
Paul Pickford's career best score in adult cricket helped Alsager crush Grappenhall in their Division One fixture at Fairview Avenue.
Pickford smashed an unbeaten 133 to help Alsager make light of a testing target.
After putting their visitors in to bat, a fourth-wicket stand of 130 between Ian Jackson (84) and Will Sharp (71) seemed like putting Grappenhall in command, but a late flurry of wickets left the visitors on 233-9 after 50 overs when the declaration came.
Shaun Woolley picked up 4-38 from eight overs, while James Warrington collected 2-53 from 16 and Ashwin Punja 2-29 from six.
Alsager looked to be up against it but a scintillating stand of 168 between Pickford and Steve Armitage (58) ate into the total.
With Pickford looking immovable at the crease, Punja (29no) joined him to knock off the winning runs in just 48 overs.
Club chairman Graham Pickford said: 'It was a fantastic win for us and I think the partnership between Paul and Ashwin might be a record opening stand for Alsager's first wicket.
'We were not at full strength either so, all told, it was a really good victory.'
Alsager Seconds also had a good win with vice-captain Julie Crump playing a starring role.
Julie, the granddaughter of former Northants player Stan Crump, proved difficult to get away from and she collected 5-51 as reward for a nagging line and length as Grappen-hall closed on 135-9.
Alsager made the runs with five wickets in hand thanks to innings of 40 from both Richie Bason and Andy Molyneux.
To complete a good weekend for the club, the Fourths defeated Tattenhall on Sunday while the Thirds' match ended in a rain-affected draw at 9.20pm, when the players appealed for bad light as they were struggling to see the ball!
Nantwich Seconds picked up 16 points after enjoying the better of their game against their Warrington counterparts.
The Dabbers declared on 212-4 with teenager Robert Cook-Sievewright continuing his rich vein of form with a fluent 73, while Keith Kellett scored an equally important 60no. Warrington were restricted to 140-7 in reply with veteran Richard Dodd taking 5-35.