UTTOXETER have taken control in Derbyshire Cricket Society Division Five South following victory over nearest rivals Yoxall.
It was a low-scoring game in which Yoxall, at first anyway, took control, Josh Foster (2-22) and Naeem Nawaz Raja (2-41) reducing the hosts to a shaky 32-3.
Muhammad Nadeem (3-20) and Simon Archer (2-11) maintained the pressure, but interspersed was a fine cameo from Adam Johnson (33), and this innings was to prove the difference between the two sides.
Uttoxeter were finally all out in the 33rd over for 113 but Yoxall were soon in trouble in reply, with a rampant Johnson (6-22) helping to reduce the visitors to a dire 8-4.
Mike Skelham (3-40) was also quick to find his range and Yoxall were dumped out in the 17th over for a paltry 66, with only Foster (11) and skipper Dan Welch (16) making it into double figures.
The result leaves Uttoxeter 40 points clear at the top and Yoxall looking nervously back to Rolleston 2nds, who are just 18 points adrift with a game in hand.
Rolleston themselves had an easy time of it against Alrewas 2nds, completing a five-wicket win with plenty of overs in hand.
John Thompson (2-21) and Joe Priestley merited caution after Alrewas had been asked to bat, but it was Luke Arnold (4-41) who swung the tide and the visitors slipped to 123 all out after 42.5 overs.
Kamal Subhani (2-13) chimed in with a couple of wickets and only Mark Williams (27) made any real impression with the bat for Alrewas.
In reply, Ryan Ware (2-50) and, in particular Tim Watson (2-16), made Rolleston work hard for their win, but runs from Louis Burrows (26), Henry Parker (23) and Ian Wakefield (24no) helped seal victory in the 35th over.
Winshill kept their slim promotion hopes alive with an easy win over Rolls Royce Leisure 2nds.
The combination of Sahir Alam (2-30) and wicket-keeper Tusif Hanif accounted for Jon Kettle after Royces had won the toss, but a superb partnership between Nigel West (80no) and Ed Moore (96) steered Winshill to 224-2, a total that proved way beyond the hosts in reply.
Duncan Wright (4-52) and Phil Jones (3-37) made short work of Royce's top-order and it was a procession until Aqeel Shabir (76) and Alastair Maxwell (30no) got together.
Their excellent partnership saved the home side's blushes, but the tide could not be turned and 147 all out was the eventual outcome.
The relegation tussle between Lullington Park 3rds and Tutbury 2nds ended in a draw, with Lullington taking home 16 points to Tutbury's 13.
There is a big gap to ninth-placed Sawley & Long Eaton Park 2nds and it is highly likely that either Lullington or Tutbury will join Derby Congs 2nds in being relegated.
At present, Tutbury hold a 12-point advantage.
Lullington gained the ascendency thanks to Will Smith (48) and a brilliant innings of 99 from Joe Dodd.
Raheem Akram claimed 3-62 but Lullington ended the session on a dominant 246-8.
The Smith (3-49) and Dodd (4-47) combination was crucial after the break also with Tutbury restricted to 225-7 in reply despite the best efforts of Colin Skitrall (53), Jason Yates (46) and John McCombe (42no).