It was a day of celebration for Great Brickhill as they beat Banbury 2nds by five wickets to secure their safety, having started the day bottom of the pile.
Any of six teams in Division One could have been relegated on the final day of the season, but the win lifted Brickhill from 10th to sixth, sending neighbours Leighton Buzzard and Buckingham down as a result.
Banbury were first to bat, though rain hovered in the air.
Olly Murray (59) and Jamie Coles (50) looked dangerous for the visitors, but Anton DeBeer, making his first appearance of the season for the first team, took 3-55 to keep a lid on things.
The ever-threatening Garth Davson was the stand-out performer though, taking three wickets in one over to destroy the Banbury middle order. He ended with figures of 3-68.
Banbury kept on batting though, taking all 53 overs to score 222-9 come the close.
Rain during the interval had the Brickhill boys looking nervously at the sky, urging the clouds to drift away.
Fortunately, Brickhill only lost four overs, but it was enough to make them sweat over the run chase.
Despite losing a couple of early wickets, captain Graeme Carter came to the crease knowing he could keep his side in Division One with a big innings.
And what an innings it turned out to be. Carter hit a brilliant 93 not out to drag his team back from the brink, while Davson added to his fine bowling earlier with 79.
But it was Arran Aris who would score the winning runs in spectacular style, firing a huge six over the boundary ropes to ensure Brickhill’s place in Division One next season.
After his magnificent 93 not out, Carter admitted there were a lot of nervous faces amongst his side.
He said: “It was a nerve racking day and a competitive game of cricket throughout.
“When Garth came onto bowl and took three wickets in one over we really had them under pressure at 70-5 but they fought back very well to reach 222-9.
“Anton DeBeer proved himself with the ball taking 3-58 in his first spell of the season for the ones.
“Due to the rain we only had 43 overs to chase them down in the end which was a big ask in tough conditions.
“It was good to score some runs myself as I’ve not had the season I’d hoped this year and to take the boys over the line was both rewarding and relieving.
“That aside, Garth’s innings of 80 was vital also.
“He has had an outstanding season once again with bat and ball for us and I can’t begin to express how valuable that has been for the club.
“Arran Aris repeated history by ending the season with a six to take us over the line.”
“We spent an hour or two reflecting in the changing rooms before getting started with our end of season party which went down a storm.”
But with the season now done and dusted, Carter is already looking forward to next season and improving their league form.
He said: “Next season will bring another challenge that we’re looking forward to already after having learned a lot whilst out of our comfort zone this season.
“Hopefully next year we can get back to winnings ways more often than not in the ones, and the two’s and three’s can keep progressing as they have been.
“Our 2nds won Division Five which is a brilliant achievement for the club.
“Bringing our 1st and 2nd teams closer together was a target of ours at the start of the season so I’m delighted with the way their season has gone.”