Macclesfield broke their Cheshire ECB Premier League duck when they won a thrilling game by four runs at Bowdon.
And with a 100 points total, they have made up ground behind their fellow strugglers with Didsbury also beaten.
The only team in the league without a victory, Macc were helped by a return to form of Khalid Sawas. Boosted by his century for Cheshire against Dorset at Bournemouth, he contributed a fine 97 towards his side’s tally of 225, Gareth Edwards taking 4-63.
Bowdon made a spirited bid for the runs and after Simon Marshall was out for 56, Aussie Trent McCormick went on to finish unbeaten on 108, just failing to take his side over the line as his last partner was dismissed on 221 by paceman Ian Tait.
Tait finished with 3-42, Rob Porter 3-56 and Ben Morrison 3-56.
Didsbury’s batting let them down after they had opted to take first knock at Nantwich where they were bowled out for 100, joint top scorers with 19 runs being Simon Normanton and Dinidu Jayathillake.
The Dabbers’ left-arm seamer Ollie Griffiths proved virtually unplayable with the remarkable figures of 17-11-18-6.
Nantwich replied with 101 for three in 21 overs, Liam Livingstone 40 not out.
Neston have retaken top place in the table after an impressive seven wickets win at neighbours Oxton, who scored 198 for eight batting first, Marc Debrabender 43, Simon Stokes 42, Jonny Crick 3-30.
Neston responded with a confident 204 for three with 19 overs to spare, led by Jack Smith, 103 and Dane Williams, 63, who enjoyed a 144 unbroken third wicket stand.
The Parkgate men go nine points clear of Chester Boughton Hall who lost by 100 runs at Hyde. James Duffy, 73 and Chris Tipper, 50 top-scored in Hyde’s substantial 260 for seven after being inserted.
Chester’s usually strong batting fell well short at 160, Ross Dixon 37, Greg Lomax taking a lively 3-51
Understated Grappenhall kept up their purple patch with a comfortable six wickets win at Alderley Edge, whom they dismissed for 112, Tom Forman 39 not out. Gavin Burns took 4-34, Josh McClelland 3-32 and ‘keeper Liam Parkinson – currently a Minor Counties regular for Cumberlad, held six fine catches.
Grappenhall ‘s reply was 113 for four, Luke McCoy 25, Jason Whittaker 3-49.
Toft outpointed Marple 13 – 8 at Bowden Lane with a sound performance led by an unbeaten 111 from Aussie opener Jake Hancock, who carried his bat, while Christopher Drummond’s 34 helped Toft close on 253 for seven, skipper Matt Shelton taking 3-57 and Joe Cash 3-87.
Marple had a real go for the runs and got as far as 224 for six when the overs ran out, Beau Webster 88, James Crisall 43 Jimmy Lomas performed his usual one-man act to finish with figures of 28-4-101-4.