Sandiacre Town underlined their title aspirations as Ryan McFadyean inspired a crushing win over Dunstall.
The burly South African smashed 55 off just 21 balls and took 4-23 as Sandiacre romped home by 180 runs to take a maximum of 27 points.
Batting first, Sandiacre lost John Trueman early on when he slapped a Scott Chilman full-toss straight to Carl Eyden in the covers.
Chilman bowled well in tandem with Craig Jennings, limiting scoring chances as the Sandiacre batsmen – James Chapman and the former Dunstall man Matt Gouldstone – limped to 63-1 at the half way point.
Chapman was the first to take the game to Dunstall’s bowlers, striking the spin of John Jennings for a glorious straight six.
But with the more positive approach and upping of the run rate came an increase in the fall of wickets.
Chapman was the first to go in the 32nd over having made 60 from 100 balls, which brought Sandiacre’s overseas Naveed Qureshi to the crease.
He paddled his first ball round the corner for two, smashed his second over mid-on for four but lasted only three more balls before giving Martin Clewley a caught and bowled chance the Dunstall captain gleefully accepted.
David Jordison joined Gouldstone and they added 44 for the fourth wicket, but both went in quick succession to Chilman and John Jennings respectively.
Gouldstone’s 48 from 106 balls was solid and showed great promise.
Dan Wheeldon came in and crashed 16 off 7 balls, including one towering six off Craig Jennings which he deposited onto the pavilion roof.
But Attwood was then bowled by Chilman as the spinner turned in impressive figures of 3 for 59 off 15, and Wheeldon was stumped to give John Jennings his second wicket and at 192-7 Sandiacre, and Dunstall for that matter, may have been happy with a score of around 220.
However, in McFadyean Sandiacre have a batsman capable of clearing the ropes at the end of an innings and he did just that, striking six huge sixes off Clewley and John Jennings, one Clewley over costing 24 as McFadyean reached his half century in just 21 balls.
He skied another attempt at a maximum to give John Jennings his third wicket as the innings closed on 261-9.
McFadyean’s assault gave Sandiacre momentum and visibly deflated Dunstall, and the South African wasn’t finished there.
Any hopes Dunstall had of chasing the target were soon in tatters as McFadyean bowled Tom Mandleberg for four and had Matt Benstead caught at second slip for a duck, with Dunstall 13-2.
The visitors’ hopes rested with Jamie Benstead and he seemed largely untroubled cashing in some wayward bowling from Wheeldon.
But John Jordison trapped Chilman in front and when Benstead crashed a short wide one straight to Chapman at point for 22, the writing was on the wall at 46-4.
McFadyean came back into the attack and promptly removed Eyden and John Jennings to complete his four-wicket haul leaving Dunstall 48-6.
Jordison finished on 3 for 11 after bowling Craig Jennings, and it was left to young spinner Jono Clare to mop up the tail as he ended on 3 for 13.
The second XI had a nervous win over Duffield, winning by just one wicket.
Only Peter Jenkins (33) made a significant contribution at the top of the order as Duffield slumped to 96-8.
However, the Sandiacre bowlers found some resistance in Balraj Johal who hit 47 coming in at number eight, helping Duffield to set 152. Neil Smith and Andy Marlow did the damage with 4 wickets apiece.
Sandiacre were indebted to Ally Leek who made 48 in the middle order and Neil MacNamee who made 25 batting at number nine as they crept home with just one wicket remaining.
The third team racked up 249-2 from their 46 overs at Cromford Meadows.
Chris Attwood made 110 while John Murfin (43), Paul Chambers (43) and Gareth Davis (34) all made significant contributions.
Anthony Taylor led the way with the ball, taking 5-34 as Cromford were all out for 139.
M Buswell made an unbeaten 51 but found little support as they were bowled out with more than ten overs to spare.