HARTSHORNE lost ground in the Brookside Press Division Seven South promotion race after being held to a draw by lowly Mickleover 2nds.
Hartshorne made a great start after being put in, Darryl Clamp (75) and Mark Stone (63) putting their side in control but Dalvir Singh (4-46) bowled well and the visitors were restricted to 195-5.
Mickleover had every chance of sneaking only their second win of the season after the break with Hassan Khan (57) and Chris Stevenson (70no) combining well for the second wicket but Mohammed Nusrat made the breakthrough.
A couple of Neil Counter run outs were the result of the home side's desperate attempt at overhauling Hartshorne's total but the day ended with Mickleover short on 180-5.
Draycott & Hanbury surged back into the top six with a 50-run victory over Brailsford 2nds at Knightsfield Road.
That Draycott posted 189-8 was purely down to Paul Leppington (100) who stroked a superb century to help stave off Phil Derbyshire (4-34) and Callum Redfern (3-33).
Only Sam Jackson (24) made any other notable contribution but it mattered little with Brailsford collapsing to 139 all out.
Gareth Newbold (2-33) struck to reduce the visitors to 7-2, although James Dakin (29) and Kevin Bould (37) added 64 for the third wicket.
Nigel Moore broke through and went on to return a brilliant 7-30 and Draycott were comfortable winners.
Winshill 2nds were ultimately no match for leaders Etwall 2nds, who completed a 47-run win.
Winshill dismissed their hosts for just 123, but Winshill had trouble of their own in reply and crashed to a lowly 76 all out.
Lee Parkin (39) and Steve Overton (23) put Etwall in a strong position but Adam Campion (2-36), Jake Smith (3-25), Lewis Gadsby (2-30) and Mohammed Shakeel (2-28) overturned Etwall's advantage.
It was not to be, however, and only Gadsby (20) managed double figures as Craig Hall (4-15), Kevin Webster (2-19), Ben Lomas (2-22) and Adam Bareham (2-7) won the day for Etwall.
Hilton 2nds found promotion-chasing Elvaston 3rds too much in a seven wicket defeat.
After being put in to bat, Chris Whitworth (50) and Steve Berry (20) did their level best but Ryan Hill (3-28) and Adam Condon (4-8) gave little away and Hilton subsided to 127. Harry Stone was unbeaten on 16 at the close, having defied the Elvaston attack for no fewer than 66 deliveries.
Stuart Harrison had immediate success after tea but Jack Blaver (21) and Sam Yaxley (44) combined and Liam Lindsay (32no) was on hand to deliver victory.
Bottom-of-the-table Trentside 3rds fought hard against Darley Abbey 2nds before finally going down by five wickets.
Charles Hewitt (34) and Jordan Walters (42) made good runs as Trentside reached 111-2 but Joe Asher (5-11) and Isaac Scotton (3-15) hit back and Trentside crashed to 151 all out.
Nicholas Croshaw (3-49) and Gordon Brake (2-10) made Darley Abbey toil and the home side slumped to 42-5, but opener Adrian Hall (59no) was joined in an unbeaten stand of 107 by Graham Tree (70no) as Darley Abbey completed a five-wicket win.