Brian Mayers' elegant 77 steered Wycombe House to a much-needed win on Saturday - but there were two clouds to the silver lining.
Not only did they lose wicket-keeper Richard Bruce to a dislocated finger, but the only team below them in Middlesex County Cricket League Division Three, Bessborough, also won.
However, the win did move second-bottom House to within a few points of Ickenham and Barnet Bs. Choosing to field first at Kenton, House started well with some tight bowling from Jaysen Allen and Alex Thamby before losing Bruce to injury. However, the 10 men fought hard, and Shatfab Khalid responded magnificently with four wickets in a fine spell of medium-paced bowling.
In the end, Kenton were restricted to 225-9, and opener Mayer gave them just the start they needed in reply.
With confidence low and wickets falling, it was always going to be a nail-biting run chase, but the House middle order stood firm.
Ben Taylor and Moshin Shah's stylish stroke play in an unbeaten 34 and 30 saw them to a five-wicket victory with an over to spare.