Sandiacre Town CC 1sts were involved in a real nailbiter of an encounter at Dunstall but eventually lost the Derbyshire Premier League game by the narrowest of margins.
The one-wicket defeat on Saturday to the visitors from Staffordshire means Sandiacre are now fourth in the table, eight points behind second-placed Denby but with six games still to play.
Dunstall won the toss and elected to bowl.
Sandiacre’s batsmen found the going particularly tough and before long they had slumped to 36-4 and then 74-8.
James Chapman (14) and Andy Rhodes (11) were the only batsmen in the top seven who made it into double figures.
Sandiacre were hugely indebted to a fine attacking knock of 55 from John Jordison, which gave them something to bowl at.
Coming in at number eight, he struck his runs off just 37 balls and hit seven fours and three sixes.
He received vital support along the way from Ryan McFadyean, whose unbeaten 25 included three fours and a six, plus last man Nick Dawson with ten.
The last two wickets put on 77 runs as Sandiacre were eventually bowled out for 151.
Steve Scrimshaw was the star Dunstall bowler with 6-54.
In reply, most of the Dunsatall batsmen found the going far from easy.
The exception was opener James Benstead, with a composed 61.
He held things together as his side struggled to 84-5 before departing.
The other key knock was a match winning 30 not out from wicketkeeper Andy Malkin which saw his side home by just one wicket from the first ball of the 57th over, in a last wicket stand of nine with Martin Clewley.
For Sandiacre, Ryan McFadyean took two wickets and Jono Clare and Oliver Uffindall claimed three apiece.
This Saturday, Sandiacre are at Chesterfield (12.30pm start).
Sandiacre Town seconds were in action Division Two action against Langley Mill firsts and claimed a draw at Station Road.
Jay Holmes top scored with 52 as Langley Mill were dismissed for 202.
Anthony Taylor took 4-54 for Sandiacre.
In reply, Iain Murfin’s 50 and Neil McNamee’s 30 were the main contributors to a total of 146-5 as the game was eventually drawn.
Finally, Sandiacre Town’s thirds lost by three wickets in their Division 5N game against Langley Mill United seconds.
Sandiacre batted first and scored 173-5 from their 46 overs. Chris Attwood with an unbeaten 73 was the main contributor. All other batsmen chipped in around him.
In reply, captain Andrew Ball led the way with 77 and eventually the Millers got the required runs with four overs to spare.