Welbeck Colliery, whose title chances have slipped a little in the last few weeks, travelled to Belvoir on Saturday hoping to start another winning sequence, but came up against Darren Bicknell at his most belligerent.
The home side won the toss and batted first and smashed a mighty 337 for 5 in their 50 over stint with former Notts star Bicknell grabbing 174 from 156 balls, including 27 fours and two sixes.
Gurpej Landa continued his fine season with 81.
Knipton is a high-scoring ground. However, this was a daunting target and Belvoir nearly recorded their first win of the season, but couldn’t take the last Welbeck wicket as they hung on at 222 for 9.
Andy Marchant and Jonathan Ball did their best for the visitors, scoring 42 and 64 respectively, but the bowling plaudits went to Lee Fazackerley (3 for 54) and Sam Cliff (3 for 48).
This result leaves Welbeck 34 points off the top and Belvoir climb off bottom spot and open up a 16 point lead over Kiveton Park.
Kimberley sit in fourth just seven points behind Welbeck after a four wicket victory away at Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
The home side batted first and rattled along to 271 for 6 with strong performances from three of their most reliable batters; Gareth Curtis with 86, Paul Burdett 72 and Mark Smallwood 42.
Paul Riley was the leading Kimberley bowler with 3 for 54.
The visitors overcame this target in 48.2 overs thanks to 76 from Andrew Platts and 52 from Nick Langford. Riley rounded off a good day by seeing Kimberley home with 47 not out.
Nottinghamshire Academy travelled to Cuckney and came home with a 16 point draw in yet another day for the batsmen.
The county side batted first on winning the toss and went to tea with 276 for nine on the board.
Tome Rowe and Sam Kelsall continued their good form with 71 and 53 and the returning Hassan Azad breezed to 55 at more than a run a ball.
Cuckney bounced back well from their loss in the Twenty20 competition and got to within 14 runs of their target for the loss of six wickets. Adam Burgess struck 78 and skipper Richard Stroh 82 but Brett Hutton helped to get the draw for the Academy, taking 3 for 58.
Kiveton had a tough day at the office when they suffered a 147 run loss at home to Clifton while West Indian Cavaliers are second, a position they achieved after a four wicket win away at Wollaton.
Papplewick travelled to Caythorpe and were handed a six wicket thumping.
The visitors batted first, but were skittled for just 141 in 45 overs with Steve Randall doing most of the damage with 5 for 25 from 10 overs.