BURTON remain in pole position in Pope Machinery Division Eight South following an 11th win of the campaign at the expense of lowly Sawley & Long Eaton Park 3rds.
Promotion is, in all likelihood, only three or four wins away and, unless they suffer a major loss of form, the title should closely follow.
Sawley won the toss and fielded and Andrew Hibberd (2-68) had immediate success in removing opener Brad Elson.
Sawley's joy was short-lived, however, with Anthony Adams (80) and Jamie North (57) easing Burton into a winning position.
Arijit Mukherjee (2-42) gave Sawley brief hope but Haseeb Tajmal (62) stepped up to confirm his side's superiority. The final tally was a challenging 235-6 and this proved way beyond the visitors after the break.
Tajmal (3-23) made immediate inroads and Adams (4-1) prevented any kind of recovery with a fine three-over burst. Only Thomas Pembridge (15) and Mark Cliff (27) managed double figures as Sawley slumped to a dismal 76 all out in 33 overs.
Ticknall 3rds are still challenging strongly in third place after a comfortable 66-run win over promotion outsiders Packington.
Ticknall skipper Zach Lucas elected to bat first and his side made good progress following the early loss of Awais Pervez.
Harry Marshall (31) and Tom Suggate (52) set the ball rolling and a middle-order comprising of Nick Crombie (21), Josh Bunyan (43) and Callan Harvey (26) kept up the good work.
Neil Jones and Joe Baron collected a couple of wickets apiece but it was Steve Mansfield (5-36) who returned the best figures.
Ticknall closed on 211 in the final over but a poor start in reply killed off any hope of a successful Packington run chase. Sam Bunyan (2-26) and Nawazish Ali Khan (2-23) had immediate success and then Harvey (5-47) left the visitors with nowhere to go.
Luke Cosford (37), Jon Chamberlain (18) and Neil Jones (25) held up Ticknall for a while before Packington were bowled out for 145 at the end of the 45th over.
Josh Bunyan claimed five victims behind the stumps.
It was all over inside an hour-and-a-half at Holland Sports Club where Barton 2nds completed a ten-wicket win after bowling out opponents Dunstall 3rds for a meagre 20, one of the County League's lowest ever totals.
Dunstall's innings lasted a mere 18 overs with only six of the batsmen able to trouble the scorers. The highest contribution was a score of four as Habib Ur Rahman (6-4) made hay. Joe Cheatle (2-10) and Taylor Millington (2-5) were the other wicket-takers.
Barton openers Luke Dean (10no) and Zach Scarratt (6no) required only 4.2 overs to complete the formalities in reply.