With dry pitches and baked outfields, it was a batman’s weekend.
At Beauchief, as visitors and division leaders Holmesfield hammered 255-8 with Will Hellewell hitting a magnificent 128 (M Higham 4-51).
But De La Salle were unfazed and chased down the target with gusto with Sean White making 73, Chris Gibirdi 79 and K O’Sullivan 67 not out to win a remarkable game by five wickets.
Struggling Sheffield Centralians mustered just 115-9, which Sheffield University Staff reached with five wickets down to take defending champions Staff within a point of Holmesfield.
Bottom dwellers Grindleford reached 149 all out (J Ford 45) and saw Apperknowle stroll to a seven wicket win (A Crookes 62 P Loughlin 58no).
Hollinsend Meths scored 168-8 (Parker 43 Carrington 4-49), then saw Parkhead subside to 112 all out to keep Hollinsend within touching distance of the top two.
Stocksbridge were dismissed for 136 (P Yardy 5-24), but in turn sent back Hundall for 90 (C Vickers 4-19).