Anil Mistry's four wickets proved in vain as Northampton Exiles were beaten by two wickets at home to Cheshunt in the Hertfordshire League Division Four on Saturday.
Put into bat by their visitors, the Exiles started sluggishly, with Bhautik Patel (15) and Rameez Hassan (15) offering minimal resistance from the off.
Twenty-three from Amar Patel at four and 24 from Jordan Alleyne-Lawler helped the home side to a total of 132 before being bowled out.
Aiden Richardson starred with the ball for the visitors, taking three for 23, and was well-supported by Sam Stephenson (three for 30).
Richardson then hit 43 at six to drag the away side towards a victory which had seemed unlikely early on.
Opener Spencer Worboys went for six before Matt Richardson (22) and Ben Phillips (20) contributed important knocks.
Mistry's four for 43 were not enough as Cheshunt snuck the win.
In Division One, Holtwhites Trinibis are second-bottom after a 52-run loss at Dunstable.
Having won the toss, the hosts elected to bat first, closing on 186 for nine in 53 overs.
The visitors could not generate much momentum with the bat and were bowled out for just 134.
North Enfield move up to second in Division Three after a three-wicket victory at Knebworth Park Seconds.
Put into bat by their visitors, Knebworth Park put on 186 for seven in 53 overs.
Enfield made hard work of chasing down that total, reaching 187 with three wickets in hand.
Winchmore Hill drew with Brentham in the Middlesex County League Division Two after failing to remove their hosts.
Inserted into bat, hosts Winchmore set about posting a competitive total of 213 all out from 52.1 overs.
Brentham were on 195 for five in reply when they ran out of time.
The draw leaves Winchmore two places above the relegation zone in seventh.
Enfield sit sixth in Division Two after a 174-run thrashing at Indian Gymkhana.
Batting first, the hosts put up a commanding score of 239 for eight before declaring.
Visitors Enfield struggled as they chased down that total and were removed for a pitiful 65.