Despite the best efforts of James Mann (5 for 31) Kimberley Institute fell to a two wicket defeat away at Caythorpe in a low-scoring encounter.
Asked to bat first on saturated ground, Kimberley actually made a relatively untroubled start with Dom Brown (10) and Jon Terry (25) adding 38 before Brown’s miscued drive found the point fielder, much to the delight of bowler Tom Hemmings (3-32).
Kimberley then slipped to 60-4 with Hemmings again the beneficiary from some airy drives whilst Tim Haines (1-35) also gained some reward.
Kimberley recovered thanks to Sam Johnson (16) and Dom Wheatley (38*) but Johnson feathered a long hop to keeper Allcoat behind the stumps off leg-spinner George McCaffrey (4-44).
George Bacon (12) and Alex King (11) both then started to build useful stands with Wheatley before the former offered a leading edge back to McCaffrey and the latter was lbw to James Hawley (2-19) to leave Kimberley at 121-7.
Mann helped Wheatley add 14 more to take the total 135 before last three wickets went in seven balls, Mann, Ben Savage and Chris Glover departing to leave Kimberley 138 all out and giving Caythorpe an extra five overs.
Kimberley had also given away five penalty runs after several batsmen had run straight down the wicket. Those penalty runs contributed to extras (26) which was only behind pro Martin Dobson’s match winning effort (68*) in the Caythorpe scoring charts.
Kimberley needed early wickets and it was Mann who delivered as Hawley top-edged him to Johnson at mid-on and then Allcoat edged behind to leave the score at 23-2 after seven overs.
There then followed the highest partnership of the day as Dobson and Matt Dowman (25) dug in and added 52 runs together.
It was Mann who finally made the breakthrough when Dowman found Brown at deep backward-square who took a good catch.
The score of 75-3 then became 82-6 as the game suddenly turned in Kimberley’s favour as Mann picked up two more and Glover (1 for 11) finally gained some reward for his persistence when he had an lbw appeal accepted.
The game was now Kimberley’s for the taking but they couldn’t prise Dobson or McCaffrey (5) out and the pair ground 20 runs out for the seventh wicket until Tom Rowe (1-25) bowled McCaffery with the score on 102 in the 42nd over.
Matt Daffin (8) supported Dobson and they added 36 and the game went into the 55th over with just two needed for victory.
They got one before Johnson’s throw from the boundary beat Daffin and he was run-out to leave the scores tied, but despite the enclosed field Hemmings was able to keep his nerve and hit over the top for the winning run with three balls to spare.
The 3rd XI suffered a batting collapse at Bottesford that led to the six wicket loss.
Asked to bat first Andy Layton (27) and Krutath Dave (12) added 39 before Kimberley lost all ten wickets for just 35 more runs.
Two wickets for Danny Williams and one for Connor Richardson had reduced Bottesford to 12-3 in reply, but they avoided any further trouble thanks to Seymour (31) and Wilson (19*). Tom Boyden did manage to claim another wicket, but it was in vain as victory came in the 31st over.
The only win of the day came via the 4th XI as they climbed to the top of Division L after brushing aside ten-man Breaston by eight wickets.
The visitors made it to 20 without loss before opener Tim Colley was run out. Cian Webb (3-26) then chipped away at the batting as Breaston moved onto 87-4 after 21 overs.
Lee Sutton (53) dominated the innings, but after his demise to Zain Ramzan (3-22) the innings went from 126-5 to 139 all out inside seven overs as Ramzan claimed two more and Adam Majid (2-23) came back to finish the innings off in the 42nd over.
Kimberley only needed 27 overs to chase down their target. Paul Newton (30) got the innings off to a flier as he hit three fours and two sixes in a stand of 47 with Ed Wright (29).
Josh Fraser (37*) joined Wright and they added 56 before the latter fell with the score on 102.
Liam Webb (21*) then helped Fraser to finish off the chase to seal all 20pts and top spot.