Ticknall 4ths tasted defeat for the first time in Division 10 South, losing their top of the table spot to Elvaston 4ths in the process.
It was Abbots Bromley 2nds who dealt the blow, a result that moves Bromley into a challenging fourth spot.
Bromley lost an early wicket after being asked to bat first, but responded through Ian Ronson (28) and the excellent Owen Strudwick (66) – and it was their efforts alone that eventually made the difference.
Kaiser Hayat (3-20) and Matt Holdgate (3-21) stole in to end the partnership and the innings petered out disappointingly to 172-9.
James Payne (2-16) returned to claim two late wickets.
The importance of the Ronson-Strudwick partnership was soon apparent after the break, with Ticknall struggling from the outset.
Sam Haywood (2-20) and Ian Haywood (3-26) put Bromley in immediate control and they never relinquished their grip.
Joe Gadsby (16) and James Payne (21no) did their best to turn the tide but Joe Haywood (2-8) confirmed Bromley’s superiority and Ticknall crashed to 88 all out in the 34th over.
Tutbury 3rds missed the chance to climb into the promotion places, suffering defeat to Yoxall 2nds by a narrow five-run margin.
Despite the attentions of Muhammad Bashir (7-39), it was Adam Maczkowski (33) and Simon Archer (40) who made the crucial contributions for Yoxall.
Bashir claimed two early wickets and the home side slipped to 9-2, but Maczkowski and Archer added 61 for the third wicket, a telling contribution as events turned out.
From 70-2, Bashir and Feasar Hussain (2-39) dominated and Yoxall had to settle for 139 all out after 45.1 overs.
Hussain (31) and Qaisar Abbis (37) added 72 for Tutbury’s opening wicket and victory seemed a mere formality, but Archer (2-23) and Ryan Elstone (4-15) struck and Tutbury dipped to 90-4.
A Tutbury win still seemed certain, with Alex Hudson-Oldroyd (20) and Aslam Javed adding 26 for the fifth wicket, but it all went pear-shaped for the visitors after that.
Paul Manning (2-29) and Elstone made the vital breakthroughs, the former eventually getting through Hudson-Oldroyd’s defences, with George Dinning (2-39) returning to secure the victory in the 44th over.
WASHLANDS 2nds bowlers Amir Hussain (3-57), Zeeshan Hamid (3-49) and Maqsood Hussain (3-18) helped to restrict Ashbourne 2nds to 192-9, but the Washlands batsmen struggled in reply, stuttering to a lowly 119-8.
The damage for Ashbourne in the pre-tea entertainment was done by opener John Ford Jnr (62), alongside Roger Glithero (24) and Hugh Newsome (22).
Brynn Williams (4-29) and Ford Jnr (2-21) caused major problems as Washlands replied, but sterling work from skipper and opener Kevin Sanders (53), with good support from Mohammed Azad (17), ensured a small share of the points for the visitors.