IT was a relatively short day at Marston Lane End where hosts Hilton 3rds were easily beaten by Marston's Pedigree Division Ten South leaders Abbots Bromley 2nds.
Hilton began well enough, Jack Tolley (26) and Cameron Sellors (26no) combining well after the loss of Chris Whitworth (14), but Oliver Roberts (6-27) and Ian Ronson (2-26) took over for the visitors and Hilton were shot down for a meagre 97 in 32.4 overs.
No other batsman managed to post a double-figure contribution.
Bromley made a bit of a meal of their reply, three wickets going down cheaply, but Greg Roy (29) and Ronson (26no) stopped the rot and the visitors were comfortable five-wicket winners inside 30 overs.
Tutbury 3rds maintained their promotion challenge with a two-wicket win over Elvaston 4ths. Muhammad Bashir (4-22) led the way for Tutbury after Elvaston had chosen to bat first, the visitors limping to 54-4.
Luke Knight (2-12) and Waqas Ayoub (2-17) maintained the pressure and Elvaston were dismissed for a lowly 130.
Tutbury fared little better in reply but an important stand for the third wicket between Alex Hudson-Oldroyd (28) and Garry Knight (17) realised 47 priceless runs.
Danny Baker (4-56) and Andrew Miller (3-29) were a constant menace and the home side slipped to 68-5 but crucial knocks from Bashir (15) and Tahir Yaqoob (17) proved just enough to see their side home in the 30th over.
Ticknall 4ths remain in contention after a fine win over title-chasing Ashbourne 2nds, who were dismissed for a very modest 120. Only Brynn Williams (39) coped with the Ticknall attack led by Nawazish Ali Khan (3-30).
Joe Gadsby (2-19) and Tim Butler (3-25) proved equally effective and Ticknall were the happier of the two sides going into tea.
Henry James (4-30) made life difficult for Ticknall after the break but not until Matt Holdgate (53) and Kai Johns (23) had provided an excellent start and the visitors eased home by four wickets in the 23rd over.
In the lower reaches of the table, Yoxall 2nds came away from Washlands 2nds with a comfortable four-wicket win and 22 points.
George Martin (2-33) collected an early scalp after Yoxall had won the toss but Adrian Woods (33) and Amir Hussain (27) then added solid runs to take Washlands to a healthy 74-1.
It was from here, though, that Paul Manning (5-33) took over and Washlands dipped to 99-8.
They eventually managed a more healthy 128 all out thanks to late efforts from Ramnath Balakrishnan (18) and Mohammed Azad (10), but it proved to be well short of a defendable total with Yoxall easing home by four wickets in only 28.2 overs after tea.
Jason Bennett (4-27) and Amir Hussain (2-27) caused a few problems but runs from Rob Lewis (22), Peter Martin (27) and Jonathon Tringham (37no) saw Yoxall home.