Mawdesley - Darren LeMarinel taking the applause at the end of the game.
SKIPPER Darren LeMarinel guided his Mawdesley side to victory over Fulwood & Broughton with an excellent all round performance which also secured his side's Palace Shield Division One status for a second season.
A rain reduced 36 over game in North Preston saw the visitors win the toss and decide to bowl first.
Less than ideal overhead conditions made life difficult for both sides and credit must be given to the umpires for persevering to ensure a game could be completed.
LeMarinel backed up his choice at the toss by claiming 4 for 28 to help restrict the hosts to 127-9.
Martin Williams also weighed in with a return of 4 for 29 from a very useful spell during the latter overs.
F&B were indebted to Mike Rosbottom's knock of 38 until he was dismissed by Williams.
Further rain at the tea interval delayed Mawdesley's reply but when it did get underway they were quickly reduced to 25-4.
This meant the bowling heroes of LeMarinel and Williams were once again at the heart of the action but this time with the bat in hand.
A game changing partnership of 67 swung the tie in Mawdesley's favour with LeMarinel (63*) being the dominant partner.
Williams' contribution of 20 mustn't be underestimated given the situation his side were in when he came to the wicket.
His dismissal with 36 runs still required brought Michael Greenaway to the middle and his classy knock of 15* eased all anxiety in the away dressing room.
Fittingly it was LeMarinel who hit the winning runs with 4 overs to spare, punching the air with delight knowing the victory was crucial to Mawdesley's survival hopes.
As other results filtered through later in the evening, it was confirmed that Mawdesley will avoid relegation regardless of what happens next weekend in the final league game at home to Longridge.