HARTSHORNE lost the lead in Division Seven South after coming off second best in a draw against WINSHILL 2NDS.
Bowlers ruled the day, and Jake Sharpe (3-17) and Neil Mawbey (5-16) controlled matters in the opening session, but runs from Jon Kettle (47) and Mohammed Shafiq (34) were to eventually seal the lion’s share of the points for the hosts.
The Hartshorne attack persisted and Winshill slumped to 113-8 but an excellent late contribution from Duncan Wright (23) was to prove equally crucial as events transpired.
In reply, Hartshorne stuttered to 30-3 with the top three back in the pavilion but they responded through Scott Upton (28) and Neil Counter (22) to reach 72-3.
However, Adam Campion (2-27) stepped in to even up the contest, reducing the visitors to 77-5.
Wright (4-23) had joined the fray and Hartshorne slipped to a perilous 89-8 but a fine rearguard from Dan Mawbey (23) kept his side afloat.
He fell to Wright to leave the reply on 115-9 but last pair Neil Mawbey and Iain Wilkins remained defiant and Hartshorne closed on 125-9.
HILTON 2NDS were well beaten by DRAYCOTT & HANBURY on Saturday but a Sunday win over strugglers TRENTSIDE 3RDS moved them up to third place in the table.
Hilton bowled Draycott out for a very modest 134 on Saturday, Stuart Harrison (6-46) and Michael Thompson (2-29) doing the damage, but Hilton struggled even more in reply and crashed to 83 all out in 36 overs.
Dan Cotterill (4-27) blew away Hilton’s top order, the visitors slipping to 36-5, and then Nigel Moore (3-13) and Gareth Newbold (2-9) finished the job off.
Hilton bounced back on Sunday, though, recording a convincing nine-wicket win over bottom-of-the-table Trentside.
Joseph Marlow (25) performed well early on for Trentside but Duncan Bucklow (4-18) put Hilton in charge with the hosts reduced to 61-5.
However, Colin Wood (34no) and Jordan Walters (22) combined well and Trentside at least had something to defend.
Nicholas Croshaw claimed a wicket after tea with the Hilton reply on 26 but that was as good as it got for the visitors with Tom Cornall (58no) and Rob Freeman (45no) sealing a nine-wicket win in only the 23rd over.
Trentside had also suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday at the hands of leaders Elvaston 3rds.
Gordon Brake (4-69) bowled admirably but a half-century from Steve Schofield (54no) helped steer Elvaston to a dominant 261-7 after 42 overs at which point skipper Andrew Johnson declared.
Trentside had no answer after the break to either Rob Clark (3-15) or Jordon Hughes (3-8) and crashed to a disappointing 62 all out in 19.2 overs.