LEADERS Castrol lost their top-of-the-table clash at second-place Radbroke Hall on Saturday to suffer their first league defeat of the season but still remain 20 points clear.
Captain Mark Evans said: 'The pitch early on was virtually unplayable and some very negative bowling restricted any fluency. With a little more luck we might have rolled them over, but it wasn't to be.
'We've played at about 70% for the last few weeks but our destiny is still in our hands. We just need to raise our game again.'
Evans opted to bat first on a very poor looking surface, with he and Flanagan (8) both batting well outside their crease, to try and nullify the low bounce.
The score had moved to 14 when Flanagan mistimed a drive to mid on and was caught off M Atef (2-46) who also trapped King (5) lbw.
Taliana (17) added 35 with Evans before being caught and bowled by Bhardwa (1-19) while Green (1) never looked comfortable and fell to Roy's (3-31) off spin.
Evans had patiently collected 25 but his first loss of concentration cost him his wicket as he was stumped off Roy who also bowled Garratt for a duck.
At 75 for 6, Hutchinson (14) and Garvey started to re-dress the balance adding 22 for the seventh wicket before the former was run out.
With seven overs to go Andy Walters (13no) and MoM Mike Garvey (44no) plundered 53 runs with both batsmen playing all around the wicket and the innings closed on 150 for 7.
Castrol knew they needed to get the ball in the right areas to stand any chance of defending such a small total but Forsyth (20) and Roy (58) managed to get the ball to the boundary on several occasions, from a mixture of class shot and crass deliveries.
The evergreen Piercy (1-16) made the breakthrough bowling Forsyth but Ahmed (20) appeared to have more lives than a cat as he was dropped once and also just cleared fielders on numerous occasions.
The score had moved to 102 when Ahmed was eventually caught by Piercy off Garvey (3-59).
Roy was then trapped lbw by Garvey while Sinha (12), who is not known for his patience with the bat hit a couple of lusty blows, before the returning Walters (2-40) rearranged his stumps.
Austin went for a duck to Walters while Rauf (2) had his stumps rearranged by Garvey.
However, with Radbroke requiring 11 to win from three overs, Hampton (15no) and Atef (8no) eventually saw Radbroke home with 10 balls to spare.
Radbroke Hall took 20 points, Castrol 11.