ALREWAS maintained their eight point lead at the top of Division Two following an excellent performance against promotion-rivals West Hallam WR, writes CHRIS OADES.
It was a fine showing against a team tipped to be strong contenders for honours this season, having had two successive promotions, last year as Division Three champions ahead of Alrewas.
West Hallam won the toss and chose to bat and posted a healthy 214-9 thanks in the main to Jeandre Ludick, who struck a fine 81, and Matt Tatler (31).
But none of the other visiting batsmen were able to make any significant impression as Ollie Broadway (5-66) and Sam van Daesdonk (3-71) successfully kept their side in contention.
Their efforts were seen to be crucial after tea with Alrewas easing home with two overs to spare - another 20 or so runs for the visitors and the chase may well have proved fruitless.
As it was, Tom Chapman (43) and Broadway (36) consolidated after the home side had slipped to a nervy 82-3 but it took a fine unbeaten partnership between Joe Eaton (32no) and Matt Frend (35no) to finally seal maximum points for the Daisy Lane outfit.
Tutbury enjoyed hard-fought success against Ockbrook & Borrowash 2nds to put some distance between themselves and the Division Two drop-zone.
Sam Wesson (4-47) and Karl Chadfield (1-31) had immediate success and Ockbrook slipped to 14-2 after opting to bat first.
But Rob Walker (89no) and Ollie Mitchell (22) stopped the immediate rot with a stand of 41 for the third wicket.
However, the middle part of the session belonged to Tutbury as Wesson, Rob Ellerington (2-55) and Kamal Manek (2-30) took wickets at will and Ockbrook slumped to 71-6.
Callum Slater (24) helped pick things up to 104 but the Tutbury attack got on top once more and at 120-9 an easy reply was in prospect for the home side.
Unfortunately for Tutbury, though, Rob Walker (one six, 15 fours) had taken up permanent residence and with the help of last man Sam Connors (12) proceeded to lift the final tally to an altogether more healthy 193.
After the break, Myles Hayhurst (4-53) was instrumental in reducing Tutbury to 36-3 but skipper Paul Edwards (32) and surviving opener Chadfield (24) hit back to add 41 for the fourth wicket.
Both fell in quick succession to the troublesome Hayhurst but Tutbury recovered once more thanks to Craig Watson (27) and Matt Edgerton (42no).
Rob Walker (2-23) then muscled in and Tutbury slipped to a very shaky 151-8 but Edgerton stood firm and a fine cameo from Tom Rice (26no from 29 balls) saw the hosts to victory in only the 39th over.
Trentside climbed out of the Division Two relegation places with a great performance at Langley Mill.
Dave Hughes (7-45) took the plaudits, his superb seven-wicket haul leaving the home side with only 102 to show for their efforts.
Lewis Brown (2-42) also claimed early wickets and no-one after opener Lewis Pinder (21) was able to register above 20.
Grant Ball and Alex Bacon improved matters slightly from 63-7 but the 26-over session belonged completely to Hughes and Trentside.
After the break, Andrew Bailey (1-26) and Jarryd Hatton (2-26) caused a few problems as Trentside stuttered to 57-3 but their bowling was too wayward.
They leaked 20 extras between them and the visitors eased home inside 29 overs with Joe Bassett and Mitch Ayling (19no) at the helm.