IT proved to be a fairly easy afternoon for TECHNICAL TURF DIVISION THREE leaders Walton, who completed a comfortable six-wicket win over strugglers Hilton at Station Lane.
The victory increases Walton's lead at the top of the table to 20 points, despite a maximum points win for Wirksworth & Middleton.
Walton won the toss and elected to field and Hilton were soon in trouble.
Dan Russell (2-37) and Ed Chapman (2-13) each claimed an early wicket as Hilton dipped to 24-2. Neil Barber (25) did his best to turn the tide but a steady procession of wickets followed to Chris Paget (2-15) and an excellent Lewis Williams who grabbed a fine 4-39.
It meant a disappointing Hilton total of 106 all out which was never seriously going to threaten a Walton side in good form.
However, care was needed initially after the break with Joe Whitworth (2-25) causing problems but Chapman (24) and Paget (28) scored their runs quickly and despite a scoreline of 76-4, Walton were rarely troubled.
There was to be no further mishap with Dave Preston (12no) and Eddie Sloane (pictured top left, 15no) bringing up the win in only the 22nd over.
ABBOTS BROMLEY slipped to second place in VICEROY RESTAURANT DIVISION FOUR SOUTH after being held to a draw by Spondon 2nds.
It was a close-run thing in the end with Spondon only seven runs short of victory in a tense finish at the Anglesey Ground.
Dean Vickers (3-56) proved a nuisance after Bromley had been asked to bat first but runs from Shaun Rashid (45), Will Parkinson (31) and Martin Weston (41no) steered the home side to 209-8 at tea.
Rashid (3-37) was instrumental in keeping Spondon in check after the break but a superb unbeaten 95 from Adam Finlay very nearly brought victory to the visitors who closed on 203-6.
TICKNALL 2NDS remain strong challengers in third place following a 75-run win over bottom-of-the-table Quarndon 2nds at The Grange.
After winning the toss, Ticknall were always in the ascendency with James Frost (40) and David Oppenheimer (76) providing an excellent start.
Mazher Qayyum (70) maintained the momentum and further runs from Awais Pervez (34) and skipper Andy Butler (41no) guided the home side to an impressive 289-4 at the break, the latter cracking two sixes and four fours during a fine 26-ball cameo.
Quarndon responded well after tea, Will Richardson (39) and Charlie Storr (24) providing a half-century opening partnership to be followed by good knocks from Jake Lowe (32) and Chris Sanders (37).
But Callan Harvey (7-55) was weaving his magic throughout and Quarndon slumped from a healthy 167-4 to 214 all out in the 43rd over, despite a spirited late knock from Matt Butterfield (22).
BARTON found leaders Mickleover in fine form with Keiron Preston (146) and Ollie Cammidge (64no) steering their side to a daunting 270-6 before a declaration was made after 43 overs.
Nick Campion (35no) had taken a creditable 3-65 before the break and he fought hard with the bat to save Barton from defeat but the bowling of Freddie Matthews (3-43) and Ashley Vaughn (3-53) eventually took its toll.
The result was an all-out total of 195 and Barton have work to do to ease their relegation fears.
Relegation-threatened DUNSTALL 2NDS were no match for their counterparts from Elvaston, going down by four wickets after being dismissed for a lowly 120 in 40 overs.
Tom Bailey (20) and George Tomlinson (37) batted well enough but Steve Bull (2-16) and Fraser Hughes (2-28) claimed crucial wickets for the visitors and Jake Harrold (4-24) was on hand to complete a miserable innings for Dunstall.
Bailey (5-47) hit back strongly after tea, single-handedly unfortunately, and Elvaston slipped to a shaky 40-5 but the situation was rescued by Matt Heafield (40no) and Rob Kettlewell (33) and the visitors were easy winners in the 30th over.