BRAD Lewis came back from injury to hit Ashbourne to a dramatic one-wicket victory at Little Eaton on Saturday.
Lewis just missed out on a ton as he made 95 not out to steer his side over the line chasing the home side's 177 all out, made in 41 overs.
There were several points in the game when victory did not seem especially likely for Greg Fletcher's team.
After Fletcher won the toss and put Little Eaton in, they batted solidly for much of the innings and could have been on course for a bigger score.
Ian Donnelly and Brad Mason were going well in the middle order at 159-4 when Chris Fryer bowled Mason for 26.
That was his second wicket and Fryer was to shorten the Little Eaton innings from that point, as he went on to take 5-39 from nine overs.
While Donnelly stuck around for 41 not out, Fryer took three more wickets and Lewis took the other as Little Eaton slid from 170-5 to 177 all out with five of their allocated overs unused.
Ashbourne's reply did not start well, with Tom Jordan out for three and Hugh Newsome run out without scoring, while Sam Roberts, having scored 27 of the first 31, was also out.
Mark Cundy, Tim Rider and Brad Clowes also went for single figures but Lewis, going well, found support from Fletcher (14) and Andrew Hill (17) as the target was whittled down.
Fryer was ninth out with four needed but last man Dave Wood finally pushed the winning run at the end of the 41st over.
The first team are at home to Mickleover seconds on Saturday.
The seconds, meanwhile, collected a bonus 27 points when Hilton thirds could not raise a side. They play at Tutbury thirds on Saturday.