Mawdesley CC clinched a dramatic one wicket victory off the penultimate ball at Torrisholme, thanks in no small part to the batting heroics of 16 year old Nathan Trengove.
On a baking hot afternoon, the home side had no hesitation in opting to bat first on what looked to be an excellent surface for run scoring.
They lost opener Adam Bee without scoring but began steadily accumulating a total thanks to Andy Butler and Chris Parry.
Parry was gifted an early reprieve early in his innings, dropped off the bowling of Darren LeMarinel, and he made the most of his chance to compile a big score.
The hosts had reached 86-1 when Butler (32) needlessly gave away his wicket, caught by Tom Proctor with LeMarinel the bowler.
Within the space of 3 overs they slipped to 99-5 with LeMarinel and Neil O’Malley inflicting the damage.
It looked as if the innings might be over in a flash but with Parry still at the crease Torrisholme still had a more than capable batsman.
Parry found some lower order support from Paul Batty (16) and skipper Matt Jackson (13*) but it was he who scored most of the runs to reach 97 not out as the innings closed with the score 187-7.
Darren LeMarinel finished with impressive figures of 2-24 while Neil O’Malley claimed 3-50 from his 11 overs.
Mawdesley lost openers Chris Gibirdi and Ben Ward inside the first 5 overs, both men falling off the bowling of Neil Jordan.
Skipper Matt Watkinson (25) got the run chase properly underway with LeMarinel who carried on his fine afternoon, this time with the bat.
Watkinson was caught in the deep by Jordan and Ian Caunce followed him back to the pavilion soon after.
When LeMarinel was unnecessarily run out for 40, Mawdesley found themselves in deep trouble at 96-6.
Youngsters Callum Gibbons (12), Tom Proctor (11) and Jay Davies (13) all got a start but each were caught trying to up the run rate.
Nathan Trengove, coming in at number 8, batted with great maturity, picking the right balls to hit and timing them with brutal efficiency.
He dragged his team into a position where victory was still an outside possibility with 36 runs required off the final 5 overs.
Number 10 Kane Hatchard proved to be an excellent partner, running quickly between the wickets and putting pressure on the home side.
Trengove continued to be the dominate force, reaching his 50 with a huge six over square leg to leave another 15 runs needed.
The advantage then swung back in Torrisholme’s favour when Hatchard was clean bowled for 7 to leave last man Neil O’Malley with Trengove.
The penultimate over saw 6 runs scored to make the equation 5 needed from the final over.
A couple of frantic singles left drew the scores level with 2 balls remaining and O’Malley clinched the run needed with a ball to spare, much to the delight of the Mawdesley contingent.
Trengove finished with a match-winning 59 not out, his first senior half century, while O’Malley ended on 6 not out.
The victory put Mawdesley 12 points clear of their hosts in the Division 1 table and they welcome White Coppice to Rectory Field next Saturday looking for a third successive win.
The second XI continued their promotion push with a commanding 32 run victory of BAC/EE Preston 3rd XI.
Mukesh Hemmady (20) got the Mawdesley innings off to a good start but he was overshadowed by his 13 year old son Ronak, making his first senior appearance of the summer.
The Lancashire Academy prospect came to the crease at number 4, showing talent way beyond his tender years to compile a maiden senior half century.
His innings of 55 was the cornerstone of Mawdesley’s total of 137 all out.
Dave Wilson and Louis Rothwell bowled excellently in tandem to dismantle the BAC/EE top order.
Wilson claimed 3-31 from his 11 overs while Rothwell finished with 3-27 across his 2 bowling spells.
Ryan Tingle (58) made a good go at the required total but he lacked the support of his team mates with Alex Thompson accounting for 3 of the middle order.
When Tingle was out, the remainder of the batting card struggled and the visitors were bowled out for 105 in the 33rd over.
The Sunday XI made it a great weekend for the club as they overcame local rivals Croston by 2 wickets.
Adam Sexton (69), Sam Marsh (68) and Oli Parsons (24) scored the bulk of the runs as Croston amassed a daunting looking total of 198-7 from 45 overs.
Louis Rothwell again shone with the ball, picking up 4 wickets for just 13 runs.
Mawdesley lost Luke Tinsley for 0 and, in the absence of more recognised batsmen, Kelvin Gibbons strode out to the crease at number 3.
He demonstrated a batting flare that he is not normally known for to bludgeon his way to 70 off just 99 balls.
Youngster Nick Proctor (22) and Kane Hatchard (36) kept the chase alive as Mawdesley continued ahead of the required rate.
Despite losing regular wickets along the way it was left to skipper Julian Campbell (5*) and Louis Rothwell (2*) to see the hosts home in the 39th over for a memorable Mawdesley victory.