LEADERS Ombersley picked up 24 points from a seven-wicket win over bottom-of-the-table Wombourne in Birmingham and District Premier League Division One.
Their success left them 17 points clear of Wolverhampton and deepened the gloom at Wombourne, who are now 35 behind Oswestry in 10th position.
Wombourne opted to bat and were dismissed for 163 despite 63 from Jamie Miller.
Brett D’Oliveira (4-56) and Neil Slade (3-33) did most of the damage before Liam Gwynne (93) and Gareth Andrew (34 not out) ensured Ombersley remained in pole position.
Fourth-placed Bromsgrove were shot out for 115 at Moseley, who cruised to an eight-wicket win to take them further away from the foot of the table.
Abdul Hafeez took 4-25 and Neville Talbot scored 42 for the home side.
Oswestry took a winning draw away to Barnards Green, which was the only game in the division that finished without the side batting first losing.
Warrick Fynn hit 109 and Robbie Clarke 59 in Oswestry’s impressive total of 277-5 at Green, who responded with 255-8 after Andrew Curtis scored 97 and Alex Hepburn 93.
Matt Gregson (3-26) and Mark Robinson (3-62) were the successful bowlers for Oswestry. With Ombersley winning, attention focused on the meeting between high-flying Wolverhampton and Smethwick at Danescourt.
Smethwick elected to bat but were dismissed for 152. Arif Mahmood scored 28 and Ricky Hooper 27 but Smethwick’s later batsmen were out of sorts against Andy Bowyer (3-25), Ross Aucott (3-33) and Adam Quiney (3-45).
Wolverhampton cruised to victory in reply and leapfrogged Smethwick into second spot after Saif Bhojani finished on 62no, Wasim Jaffer on 49 and Karl Quiney on 33.
In Division Two, Omar Ali hit 85 and Mo Ishtiaq 57 for Whitchurch in their 238-8 at Old Elizabethans, who came back with 220-8.
Skipper Jamie Boyle scored 115 and overseas player Johan Smit 65.
Atiq Ur Rehman cracked 124 in Eastnor’s 255-9 against Tamworth, who replied with 216-8.
Josh Bennett took 4-61 in the Eastnor innings, while Ur Rehman (3-80) was the pick of the bowlers for the Herefordshire side.
Former Worcestershire player Jack Manuel top-scored for Tamworth with 94 and Ben Maddox added 46. Kidderminster Victoria clinched a much-needed two-wicket win over Walmley to move out of the Premier Division relegation zone.
Things looked bleak for Walmley when they slumped to 72-8 but battling efforts from their last three batsman Kasir Shah (36 not out), Greg Ricketts (24) and Paul Griffiths (39) took them to 168 all out with two wickets each for Gareth Williams, Conor Smith, Michael Hill and Matt Pardoe.
Walmley’s Aussie Ray Cooper impressed with 5-42 but Hill (32), Zac Turley (27) and Ryan Derrick (24no) saw Kidderminster to a nervy victory.
A hostile opening spell from Luke Radford (5-34) shook up Knowle and Dorridge’s top order against Barnt Green and the home side never recovered, struggling to 121 all out.
Simon Mugava and Tom Burton took two wickets each before Burton (37) eased Green to an comfortable win, which took them up to third place in the table, 23 points behind Berkswell.
The highest total of the day came at The Parks where Brockhampton piled up 317-8 against Kenilworth Wardens with Chris Boroughs (122) leading the way, well supported by Ben Stebbings (87) and Adam Hewlett (51).
Sitanshu Kotak took 4-89 for Wardens, who finished on 222-6 with 61 from Martin Donald and 46 from Arjun Bath.
Kings Heath could still get dragged into the Division Three relegation battle but it looks increasingly like a two-way fight for safety between Milford Hall and Astwood Bank.
It was first blood to the Worcestershire side, who climbed above Milford Hall after a 47-run victory.
Bank won the toss but folded to 124 all out before Jon Summers returned 6-3 to rout Milford for 77.