Market Deeping have never beaten Bracebridge Heath in over a decade of Lincolnshire ECB Premier League action - and they may never get a better chance.
Deeping reduced their visitors to Outgang Road to 55-6 before allowing them to escape to 150, but no matter as the home side have 11 players who know which way round to hold a bat.
And when Chris Jones and Emile Kriek steered Deeping to 71-2 a famous victory in front of a crowd swollen by a boozy vice-presidents lunch was on the cards.
But Bracebridge Heath are currently top of the table for a reason.
They fought hard with the bat to give their excellent bowling attack a total to defend and two fine seamers and two decent off-spinners responded superbly to seal an 18-run win.
Even when opener Jones and South African Kriek were batting well they were never able to totally dominate.
As soon as Kriek (25) opened up with two superb off-side boundaries off left-armer Brett Houston in three balls, the bowler hit back to dismiss him in the same over.
And, while Jones punctuated sensible caution with the occasional boundary to reach 55, no-one else in the Deeping batting line-up reached double figures.
Surprisingly Carter failed to take a wicket, but his control was complemented by the pace of Houston (3-38) and Sri Lankan Himesh Silva (4-43) before 16 year-old slow bowler Andy Moor (3-5) came on to snaffle the the last three wickets, including that of Jones to a high-tariff catch by visiting captain Rob Cook.
Deeping finally conceded defeat when Lee Peacock was caught on the boundary with the score on 128.
For the early part of the game that looked like being a winning score.
Seamer Tom Andrews was outstanding for Deeping bowling unchanged for 17 overs to return figures of 4-41.
Bracebridge dug in like champions though and a 70-run stand for the seventh wicket proved crucial.
Bourne need to re-discover their best form quickly to have any chance of retaining the title.
The champions lost at home to Louth by 86 runs to fall 25 points off top spot with a second successive defeat.
They allowed Louth opener Lawrence Scott too many lives as he cracked 117 of his side’s 236 and then most of the Bourne batsmen started well, but failed to kick on.
Tom Dixon top-scored with 39 not out, but Bourne were dismissed 86 runs short on 151.
Fast bowler Colin Cheer returned to the Bourne side after injury and claimed 4-54.
Spalding clung on for a draw in their relegation scrap at home to Grimsby thanks to late batting resistance from number 10 James Hook (21no).
Spalding took four early Grimsby wickets, but allowed their visitors to reach 199-7.
Charlie Kearns (3-38) bowled well for Spalding while Josh Newton top-scored with 37 in Spalding’s 148-9.