Alex King (6-43) produced an outstanding spell of bowling to help Kimberley Institute take a big step towards safety with a welcome victory over rock-bottom Papplewick & Linby.
And that was after the home side enjoyed an excellent start, reducing Kimberley to 17-3 after winning the toss and opting to bowl first.
Captain Jim Rhodes (2-30) picked up two of those as he trapped Paldip Sidhu plumb lbw second ball and Bharat Popli was bowled for just a single.
With the scoreboard reading 7-2 after five overs out strode captain Sam Ogrizovic (69) to take the helm with his ship veering close to the rocks; although things got worse before they got better as Dominic Brown was then run-out.
But an excellent stand of 116 between Ogrizovic and Sam Johnson (46) turned the game for Kimberley as they rescued the situation and began to establish a dominant position.
Ogrizovic was determined and quick to pounce on anything on his legs as he worked the ball behind square whilst Johnson unveiled several lip-smacking on and off drives as the runs gradually accrued and the run-rate rose steadily.
The skipper brought up his fifty off his 95th delivery and the score moved onto 133 when Johnson danced down the pitch to Kieron McComb (4-64), missed and was duly stumped four short of his own half-century, and from then on Kimberley’s innings lost some of its momentum.
James Mann (18) showed Johnson how to do it as he smashed his first ball for six over mid-wicket and then had to watch on as his captain went too far across his stumps and was bowled by the innocuous McComb before he to succumbed to the spin and holed out to Jack McIver with the score on 167 in the 44th.
Dominic Wheatley (12) and King (22*) added 19 to move Kimberley onto 186-6 in the 48th before Wheatley too holed out to Jason Elliot to hand McComb his fourth wicket and with Elliot Bowles out next over, bowled by McIver (1-25), King got Kimberley past the 200 mark with a great straight drive and another couple of runs meant they went to tea on 204-8.
Papplewick’s openers Adam Rostance (37) and McIver (14) were incredibly tentative as they started the run chase with only ten runs coming from the opening nine overs with Atif Sheikh and youngster Bowles keeping things tight.
They tripled the score in the next two as they moved the total on to 32 before King struck in his first over strangling McIver down the leg-side with Ogrizovic taking the catch.
The introduction of spin-twin Chris Glover (3-31) helped to keep things tight as the home side looked like a batting unit short on confidence and Tom Bowers became King’s second wicket when he edged behind with Ogrizovic taking the catch again.
Ross Fitz-John (10) joined Rostance at the crease and they moved the score onto 54-2 before Fitz-John was run out courtesy of Glover, before Popli was on hand to catch Mark Nelson and King had his third wicket.
Rostance and Doug Morton (22) added 38 to Papplewick’s total moving them on to 94-4 but that became 100-8 as the tireless Glover picked up a deserved wicket and then King span through the lower order with three more.
They had to wait until the 42nd over for the ninth as the doughty McComb (26) showed some fighting spirit with the bat and young Sam Stewart kept out 19 balls before he smacked Glover straight to Sidhu at extra-cover.
Three more overs ticked by and it seemed that Papplewick may just be able to hold on, but that was before McComb went for another boundary only to find Bowles in the deep and he was ice-cool as he took a brilliant catch to seal the victory.
The 2nd XI all but confirmed their Division B status with a three wicket victory over visiting Keyworth, with young spinner Sukhdeep Sidhu the architect of victory with fantastic figures of 8-48 (a league record) as the visitors collapsed from a strong position.
After being asked to bat first Keyworth moved onto 127-2 with Dale Collison (34) and captain Geoff Tindsley (59) making most of those with Danny Williams (2-28) taking the first two wickets to fall.
Enter Sidhu and he picked up first wicket via a Harry Ratcliffe stumping to make it 127-3, the score then moved on to 153-3 before Sidhu trapped Tindsley lbw and the collapse began in earnest as the next six wickets fell for just 19 runs with three bowled, one lbw and a catch apiece for Luke Tantum and Ben Crouch and Keyworth were all out for 181.
Kimberley lost Alex Aldred (12) early on and at one point the game was delicately poised in 95-4, but Ben Savage’s unbeaten 50 and Luke Tantum’s 32 helped things along and despite a late flurry of wickets leaving them 155-7, they got over the line with eight overs to spare.
The third XI faced Ruddington at Basil Russell who found themselves at 38-5 in the 11th over, Shaoib Azad with 4 for 20, but despite then being 80-8 at one stage, number ten Willis Cuff struck 69 in double quick time before the innings closed on 172 all out, Liam Hodgkinson with 3-44.
The target was reached in the 37th over, Max Sugarman having come in at number six and hit an unbeaten half century to add to opener Krutarth Dave’s 31 which helped Kimberley to victory.
The fourth XI picked up 20 points as scheduled hosts Flintham were unable to raise a side.