STEVE Paulsen and Ollie Sadler hit fine centuries but they were still not enough to earn victory for draw specialists Nantwich.
The Aussie powerhouse grabbed the headlines again as he cracked 134 off 114 balls in a stunning display of precision and potency, in the first part of the club's league and cup weekend double header against Widnes.
The Queenslander, who now has three centuries for Nantwich and has clocked up 697 runs, was ably supported in a superb second-wicket partnership of 227 by Cheshire U19 skipper Sadler who notched 101.
Backed by an unbeaten 40 from Chris Simpson, the Dabbers set a daunting target of 305-3 for the visitors, at Whitehouse Lane on Saturday.
But Widnes, and Steve Tichard (45) and Sean Moore (48) had other ideas. They put on a competent innings aimed at securing a share of the spoils, and reached their target with relative ease.
Paulsen (2-65) was at the forefront of the Dabbers attack, while Sadler, Barrington Browne and Chris Hampshire each claimed a wicket each.
But Widnes survived their 55 overs, to force Nantwich to their sixth draw of the season - the most in the ECB Premier League along with Oxton. They claimed nine points to Nantwich's 15.
In Division One, Ashwin Punja hit an unbeaten 132 for improving Alsager in a draw at Cheadle. He combined with Paul Tibbetts (84) to help their side to a dominating tally of 281-2.
In reply, Cheadle notched 195-9. Mohammed Arshad returned a super 5-54, but Mark Farrell hit 94 for the hosts as they clung on.
On Sunday, Nantwich were dumped out of the Cheshire Cup by Widnes, at Beacon-sfield Road.
The hosts batted first and posted 241-7 off their 45 overs, with Tichard (104) again a thorn in Nantwich's side. Paul Stockton (2-44) and Chris Hampshire (2-43) did most damage for the Dabbers.
In reply, the visitors only managed 220-9 off their allocation. Ray Doyle (51), Paul Hampshire (54), and Stockton (56 no) all hit half-centuries, but seven of their team-mates were out in single-figures as Nantwich exited at the fourth-round stage.