Newark extended their lead at the top of Division E again with their 12th successive victory.
The visitors pulled off the win despite one batsman going off injured and a fielder being taken ill.
George Squires, who was due to bowl, was taken off ill so it was down to the four remaining bowlers to deliver the goods.
Fine displays by Craig Drury, who took three wickets for 24 runs, and Matthew Evans (3-34) helped Newark restrict Belvoir to 126.
Andrew Barnes had top-scored for the home side with 30 and, in reply, Newark’s Robin Curtis scored 37 and Bimal Parambil 35.
They helped Newark reach 152 for nine to extend their winning streak.
Captain Harry Atkinson said: “We lost the toss and were put into bat on a green wicket.
“We started well but fell away a little bit at the end.
“James Evans (28) was run out when we were going quite well.
“I fancied us to get another 30 runs but we couldn’t do it.”
Atkinson said his side had bowled well and had secured a good result.
“We were a bit stretched in the field,” he said.
“This result showed that we have strength in depth against a decent side.
“The result was in the balance and we were playing against a side we lost to last year.
“It was always going to be a close game.”
- A top-order collapse saw Newark R&M 3rds suffer a five-wicket defeat to Fiskerton and Thurgarton 3rds in Division N.
Opening batsman Roger McMinn was trapped lbw for three by Josh Perry, wicketkeeper Graham Doney was bowled by Neil Smith for six and Ewan Butterfield was caught out on six.
Sam Baker, batting fifth, restored some pride by top scoring with 24 as his side reached 136-6.
Fiskerton and Thurgarton’s top order did not fare much better, with opener Anthony Barrowcliffe out for four.
However, Liam Aldred-Abram scored 24 and Rob Turner, batting sixth, made 30 to help his side reach 137-5.
Balderton 1sts (131 all out) lost by two wickets at Carrington (201-8)
Gulraiz Sadaf was the thorn in Balderton’s side as his six wickets frustrated the visitors’ attempts to secure safety in Division A.
The bowler claimed his haul for 30 runs to restrict Balderton to 131 all out.
Captain Chris Dobbie top-scored for Balderton with an unbeaten 34.
Earlier, Carrington amassed 201 runs with the help of a half-century by Saqlain Bazmi.
Balderton pulled away from the bottom two the previous week with a seven-wicket win at Plumtree but remain third from bottom.
p In Division G, Eden Tranter and her brother, Josh, took six wickets between them to help Balderton 2nds to a five wicket win over Whatton and Aslockton 1sts.
Jamie Lambourne top-scored for Whatton and Aslockton with 40 but Eden, who took four wickets, and Josh, who took two, limited them to 185.
In the chase, Ben Lambourne caught and bowled Balderton opener Peter Lambert for nine but Sam Ross managed to amass 75 to help his side to 186-5.
Collingham 1sts (134-9) gained a losing draw against Ellerslie 1sts (212-8)
Lee Fazackerley and David Pipes took three wickets apiece for Collingham as they secured a losing draw against second-placed Ellerslie in Division A.
Hamish Moore hit a century for Ellerslie, who batted first, to help his side reach 212-8 in 45 overs.
In reply, Pipes made 31 runs to help Collingham to 134 for the loss of nine wickets.
Peter Vladev was the top bowler for Ellerslie taking five wickets for 51 runs.
Collingham captain Harry Sheppard said: “It was reduced to 45 overs each and they reached 212. We thought it was a decent score but thought we would be able to get it.
“They bowled well, bowled tight, and put us under a bit of pressure, which led to us losing wickets.
“David Pipes batted well and got our top score and he took three wickets for us.”
Sheppard said his players needed to concentrate ahead of their clash with Wollaton on Saturday.
“Ellerslie did bowl well so we will take a look at how they bowled and take that into account for the next game.”
- Andrew Shaw took four wickets for Collingham 2nds but it wasn’t enough to secure victory over Bramcote 1sts in Division D.
Dean Parkes top-scored for Bramcote as they set Collingham a target of 108 for the loss of nine wickets.
In reply, David Dakin hit 41 and Adrian Kitchen an unbeaten 32 but Collingham were dismissed for 107.
A half-century by Charlie Fisher was in vain as Collingham 3rds (170 all out) fell to a two-wicket defeat by Poplars 1sts (173-8) in Division K.
Veeranjaneyulu Thota (47) and Nouman Maqsood (36) were the top scorers for Poplars as six Collingham bowlers claimed wickets.
In reply, opening batsmen Nick Poulson and Martin Sugden scored 23 and 24 respectively and Fisher made 63 but the side could only reach 170 before they were dismissed.
Southwell 1sts (135-8) lost by seven wickets against Wollaton 2nds (139-3)
An unbeaten half-century by Southwell’s Devon McCarthy was in vain as his side’s struggles in Division B continued.
Southwell remain rooted to the bottom of the division following the seven-wicket loss to mid-table Wollaton.
Home side Southwell, who were put into bat, struggled to gain momentum early on and by the time Charlie Ogrizovic was dismissed they were on 18-4.
McCarthy, making his return to the first team, did his best to turn his side’s fortunes around, hitting five fours and a six to make 64.
His 67-run partnership with 15-year-old prospect Sam Barber helped the side to 135 for eight.
Wollaton’s Muhammad Asif Riaz was the thorn in Southwell’s side, taking four wickets for 41.
In reply, openers Joel Gibney and Will Rattray put on an 84-run partnership to give their side a comfortable start.
Sunil Sharma, who replaced Joel Gibney at the crease, was run out for a duck but Wollaton batted sensibly and reached their target with 139 for three.
Captain Joe Fryer said: “We didn’t get off to the best of starts and lost a few early wickets.
“We thought our total was not quite enough but gave us as a chance.
“We came into it positively, despite not having a full-strength team.
“Through their whole innings they batted very sensibly and both their [opening] batsmen scored above 30.
“Because we didn’t have many runs on the board they didn’t have to take many risks, and, despite us bowling well, they managed to get over the line.”
Southwell are 38 points from safety but their captain has not given up hope.
Fryer said: “We have four games left and it is still doable.
“It will be a bit of a miracle if we do get out, because it’s been a disappointing season, but if people perform we’re definitely still in with a chance.”
p Only two Southwell 2nds batsmen made double figures as they fell to an 81-run defeat at Division H leaders Madni 1sts.
Matt Clarke took five Madni wickets for 27 runs to restrict them to 147 for nine.
Stuart Grimley opened the reply for Southwell with 13 runs but the wickets fell quickly.
Tom Rawcliffe, batting eighth, salvaged some pride for the visitors with 21 but his side could only reach 66 before they were dismissed.
Farndon 1sts (180-9) gained a losing draw at Radcliffe 2nds (247-4)
Farndon’s Ian Robinson hit ten boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 82 to help his side to a losing draw in Division C.
The visitors won the toss and put Radcliffe in to bat, with openers Tom Johnson and Jordan Harbottle putting on a century stand.
Half-centuries from Alex Dowd and Joe Wilcox followed to help Radcliffe to 247 for four.
Martyn Hill began the reply for relegation-threatened Farn-don with 34 and Robinson boosted their tally with his boundary-filled effort.
John Esam hit three fours to make 33 off 38 balls but his side could only reach 180-9 off 42 overs for the losing draw.
Farndon vice-captain Mark Everington said his side were poor in the field.
“I thought we would have time to bowl them out but the wicket was very good to be honest,” he said.
“We did poorly and didn’t help ourselves again, but fortunately we showed a little bit of fight to secure a losing draw.”
Everington described Farndon’s fixture against Gedling and Sherwood on Saturday as a must-win game.
“If we don’t win next week we can write the season off,” he said.
Everington praised the performance of top-scoring batsman Robinson.
“It was Ian’s best performance since he came back to the club after a 12-year break,” he said.
“I would like a few more performances like that this week preferably.”
- A dismal batting performance saw struggling Farndon 2nds fall to a 65-run defeat to Wollaton 3rds.
Farndon fared better with the ball than the bat, with Alex Richardson taking four wickets for 24 runs.
His performance helped restrict visitors Wollaton to 129 for the loss of nine wickets.
In reply, opener Ian White could only manage two runs before he was caught and bowled by Kaif Jabran.
Jason Johnson did better, making 21, but only one other batsman, Sam Brown, could make double figures.
Farndon were eventually dismissed for 64 with two players out for a duck and three out for one.