Top-of--the-table clash lives up to billing with thrilling climax
The top-of-the-table clash in B lived up to its billing with a thrilling last-over climax.
Clifton Village II made 186 against rivals Gedling Colliery, which was not up to their usual standards although they are still without Harrison and Taylor.
Craig Fairhall (51) and David McDermott (48) did well, but 186 was only achieved thanks to a last-wicket stand of 28. For Gedling Colliery there was another stand out bowling performance from spinner Steve Burton (6-62).
The Colliery stuttered somewhat at the start of their innings but then Burton (63) and brother Jeff (60*) took control leaving eight runs to win off the final over.
That became three off three deliveries before carnage ensured.
First Steve Burton was bowled by Richard McDermott and then Baz Bailey was run out and off the final ball, Duncan McKeown was short of his ground coming back for the two that would have tied the scores.
Inconsistent Long Eaton took care of fast fading Gedling and Sherwood (192) in a game that saw the day's outstanding performance.
The winners made 228 with Tim Taylor (78), Brett Scothern (49) and Andy Edge (36) impressing.
But all this looked immaterial as the visitors cruised to 141-1 with Matt Oliver recording a third fifty to add to a century in May.
Enter Craig Mellors who took a hat-trick.
Mellors concluded an epic effort by bowling Shaun Carmody to record a career-best 8-33.
Another team riddled with inconsistency are Calverton, who fell to a disappointing three-wicket defeat at home to Gotham.
The losers posted 154 and were kept in check by skipper Paul Blatherwick (4-24).
An opening partnership from Tahir Tarvaz (45) and in-form Gary Kerslake (45) looked to have sewn up a comfortable victory before Kevin Evans (5-21) entered the fray.
There were inevitably a few nerves by now, but Blatherwick and Brad Moore nudged Gotham over the finishing line.
Another good team effort saw West Bridgfordians claim a winning draw against Eastwood. Henry Straw (57), James Belshaw (41), Andy Sharpe (38) and Nick De Villiers (37) all chipped in to a final total of 229 against the strugglers, who had James Longden (4-61) continuing his impressive start to the season.
Adam Leigh (39), Adam Smith (23) and Jason Wooliscroft (23) all made starts, but Eastwood lacked the match-winning innings and it was left to Neil Gregory (32*) and Luke Elderkin to hold on at 181-9.
Plumtree II's poor run of form continued with a seven-wicket defeat at home to Collingham.
Plumtree's Justin Stockdale was undefeated two short of a deserved century, but David Pipes (78) and David Dakin (24) comfortably chased down the 184 target.
A major shock was on the cards at Snibston Grange in H where the hosts bowled out Hucknall Rolls II for 148.
But Rolls aren't top for nothing and three wickets apiece for Jake Wright and Andrew Pearson saw the leaders bowl out Snibston for 142, despite 53 from Tom Gray.
Flintham keep in touch with Matt Lyas recording his second century of the season in a 204-run thrashing of Bramcote II (73).
Sutton Bonington look menacing too as they disposed of Lenton Abbey (84) with Dave Appleby (55* & 2-10) playing a pivotal role.
Shahid Gulzar (West Bridgford Legion) rattled up a second successive century in a 32-run success at Gedling and Sherwood II (192).
Hyson Green II are top in J, Wahid Khalil's five wickets going a long way to clinching a five-wicket win at Bingham (112).
Woodborough continue to surprise themselves in K. Their latest success came at Balderton II (126) with Lee Potts hitting an unbeaten 85.
The man in real form in Division L is Stuart Hubbard of Risley II. He followed up two fifties with a superb 114 as his side piled up 293 at Gedling Colliery III (133).
Jonathan Lambley (4-14) made it 12 wickets in two games as Radcliffe III condemned Newark & RM IV (64) to a sixth consecutive defeat.
Tom Munton (Farndon II) bowled extremely well to take 7-64 at home to Ellerslie III (184) in M. But it all counted for nothing as five wickets for Tom Shields and four for Jeremy Culley saw the hosts shot out for 42.