MAWDESLEY boosted their survival hopes with a well earned 33 run victory over fellow Division One strugglers South Shore.
Both teams went into the contest just outside the relegation places and separated by only two points and it was the visitors from the Fylde Coast who won the toss and decided to bat first.
Mawdesley were indebted to the experience of Dave Whiteley at the top of the order who blunted the early threat of the South Shore openers. His knock of 48 from 62 balls provided the cornerstone of the home innings.
The men from Rectory Field were well set for a big total when they reached 103-2 at drinks, however some useful middle order bowling from Daniel Jardine (4-54) and Ryan Colwell (4-39) restricted the home side to 178 all out.
The South Shore reply got off to a steady start with Luke Jardine and Max Cowell-Makin putting on 37 for the first wicket. Mawdesley's leading wicket taker Neil O'Mally provided the breakthrough, snaring Jardine (24) thanks to an assured catch from Jay Bethell. Alex Berry then accounted for Cowell-Makin (16) with Martin Williams taking a fine diving catch at slip.
Despite a valiant innings of 40 from Daniel Jardine the chase became too much for South Shore who eventually shut up shop and settled for a final total of 145-8.