ASHCOMBE Park turned the form book on its head with a magnificent win over league leaders Newcastle & Hartshill.
A seven–wicket haul for Ashcombe's Pakistan professional Rizwan Haider was backed up by three wickets from Josh Johnson, as they combined to shoot out the visitors for just 94.
Ashcombe had a few anxious moments during their reply, but rallied before going on to win by five wickets.
After a rain-delayed start of just over an hour, Haider set Ashcombe on their way by bowling Jon Gidman off only the second ball of the match.
Early conditions favoured the bowlers, who found swing and seam, and wickets continued to fall rapidly – four more to Haider and two to Johnson, as a strong Newcastle batting line-up slumped to 47-7.
Andy Keates mounted something of a fightback with a rapid 23, adding 30 with Nasir Malik for the eighth wicket, until Malik (13) was caught by keeper Ryan Ball, earning Haider a sixth wicket at 77 -8.
Haider saved his best wicket for last, a stunning knee-high, lightning reaction, one-handed return catch off Keates' full-tilt straight-drive.
Haider ended with figures of 7-39 before Ball claimed a third catch, running half the length of the pitch to get under a towering mishit by Babar Khan, as Johnson (3-44) closed the visitors' innings – but the last three Newcastle wickets had managed to double the total.
Ashcombe lost Nick Goodwin and Phil Clowes to lbw decisions in favour of Nasir Malik (2-40), as the home side's reply reached 30 -2, but the Newcastle fast bowler looked half-pace and far from fully fit.
A 25-minute rain break almost led to Ashcombe's reply being derailed upon resumption. Andy Whitehead (3 -31) resumed his interrupted sixth over and immediately claimed the prized scalps of Haider and Dave Proffitt with successive balls. Haider became a third lbw decision while Proffitt chopped the next ball on to his stumps, with Newcastle now leaping about sensing a sensational comeback.
Ashcombe's worries at 30-4 were considerably eased by a swift 17 from Ryan Ball off just 19 balls and when he was caught on the cover boundary at 55 -5, skipper Ian Alcock joined opener Tom Boulton to see Ashcombe home.
Boulton was in 'they shall not pass' mode, battling throughout the innings for a splendid 23 not out.
Alcock survived a dropped catch at second slip and a mighty hit on the helmet which went for four leg-byes, in between hammering six boundaries in his 28 not out.
The pair added an unbroken partnership of 42 to see Ashcombe to a memorable win which takes them to sixth in the table, easing relegation worries.