THE biggest consolation Clifton can take from defeat at Quarndon on Saturday is that they made the County League Division One promotion chasers work hard for victory.
But it was still a difficult day for Matt Wilson's side as they continue to try to get themselves above halfway in the division.
Winning the toss, Clifton batted first and although Will Wilson and Tom Hilton battled to 35, wickets began to fall steadily.
Only all-rounder Faisal Khan got to grips with the task, as he made 52 from 62 balls, with four fours and three sixes – a third half-century of the season for him after ducks in his previous two knocks.
However, with former Derbyshire all-rounder Nathan Dumelow taking four wickets, Clifton were bowled out for 151 in 48.5 overs.
Ed Wilson trapped Thomas Ansell leg before with the first ball of Quarndon's innings and snared the dangerous Ben Spendlove for 18 to give Clifton hope but the next wicket did not fall until they had passed 100, with Dumelow out for 44.
That was the first of four wickets for Khan at a cost of 29 from eight overs but Clifton did not have enough runs to play with and Quarndon got over the line with seven wickets down after 33 overs.
Clifton seconds were also beaten, in Division 6S, as their 169-8 was passed bu Spondon thirds with three wickets to spare.
BRAILSFORD firsts were without a game but there were excellent wins for boths their seconds and thirds.
The seconds put a bit of distance between themselves and the bottom teams in Division 7S with a dominant batting display after restricting Hilton seconds to 173-8.
Alex Park, who had taken three wickets, made 64 not out from 64 balls in the reply, while Chris Clarke just missed out on a 50, getting out for 49.
George Hodson's 30 not out from 19 balls, with six fours and a six, rushed them to an eight-wicket victory in 28.5 overs.
Scarcely less impressive was the performance of the thirds, who pulled off a big run chase in Division 9S.
Peter Fileding's 128 from 118 balls led Wootton to a challenging 230 all out.
Brailsford then slid to 12-3 and 52-4 before Scott Matthews (87) and Dave Derbyshire (94 not out) put on 119.
They reached their target with four wickets six iovers to spare.