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United captain Dean Moran profiteered from being sent in at Yamba Oval to top score with 71 in a highly competitive total of 186.
Then with the ball opening bowler Nathan Williams struck immediately. He had Laurie Urquhart caught by Andrew Whiteside at second slip for a second ball duck and in his next over had Troy Urquhart caught at cover by Craig Moran, also without troubling the scorers.
Williams finished with 2 for 16 off 8 and together with Jake Causley (2 for 20 off 6) stunned Yamba's top order who at one stage were 4 for 6. Despite the efforts of captain Kallen Lawrence (44), Yamba never fully recovered, falling 68 runs short in the chase.
Moran felt he was given a reprieve before a ball had been bowled by being sent in.
"We'd had rain so I asked "Turk" Urquhart who prepares the wickets how it was," Moran said. "When I went out to take a look it was hard as a rock, so that was enough for me.
"I was disappointed when I lost the toss. But they put us in. It surprised me a little bit."
Moran said while there was a little bit in it for the bowlers it played well and his huge partnership with brother Craig "Bones" Moran (47) put paid to that statement.
United will now be hoping to build some momentum and continuity on the back of the long-awaited first win since round seven. "It sort of started when we took the week off for Phil Hughes," he said.
"It's been all stop-start since then. A lot of washouts and byes and we lost a couple of close ones. We're playing reasonable cricket without winning."
Since the enforced general bye on November 29 in honour of Hughes, United has had two washouts, two byes and four losses. In the two losses either side of Christmas they fell just three runs short in a run chase against Harwood and then had Yamba chase down 5 for 167 at Iluka Oval with 11 balls and two wickets to spare.
The win may prove crucial in holding onto fourth spot ahead of Lawrence, who also sprung an upset in the other match at Barry Watts Oval.
In a reduced match due to morning rain, an under-strength Wanderers made just 74 with Ryan Johnson claiming 3 for 15 off 6 overs.
The run chase was far from academic, however.
"We lost a few wickets early on and kept losing them at regular intervals and were going along on par with Wanderers," Lawrence captain AJ Tory said.
"But with a couple of wickets in the shed we managed to get there with a few overs to spare."