Rathbones OV's moved four points clear at the top of the Premier Division on Saturday as they beat league-chasing rivals Optimus by 6 wickets at FB1.

Fielding in sunny conditions, OV's had restricted Optimus to 182 for 7 from their 45 overs, Ryan Driver and Matt Hague making 58 and 48 respectively. Tom Minty and Chris Jones were the pick of the OV's bowlers, taking 3 wickets apiece.

In reply, the Gough brothers starred with the bat, skipper Peter making 78 and Jonny seeing the OV's home with a knock of 41 not out, sealing a 6-wicket victory.

OV's captain Peter Gough said, 'It was a very good bowling and fielding performance and Jonesy [Chris Jones] bowled particularly well.'

'Batting was difficult at first and I played-and-missed at a fair few. Ryan Driver and Matt Hague were bowling well so it was just a case of grinding it out. I managed to get out at a silly time but then Jonny came in and batted really well to see us home.'

Elsewhere, a battling unbeaten century from Island batsman Dean Morrison helped Aztec Springfield to a 4-wicket win over St Ouen's at Grainville.

Chasing a total of 162, Springfield had initially slumped to 12-4 as Richard Anthony and Joe Bevis wrought havoc with the new-ball. Morrison then steadied the ship in a crucial 101-run partnership with 15-year old Alex Cooke that effectively took the game away from St Ouen's.

Morrison ended the innings on 100*, his first century of the season, as Springfield secured victory with 12 overs to spare.

In the weekend's other Premier Division fixture Farmers-Caesareans continued their run of good form as they beat SCF by 5 wickets.

Batting first at Farmer's Field, SCF were bowled out for 157 in 43.4 overs, Ben Naylor top-scoring with 33 not out. Captain Pete German then led the way in the Farmers chase, his knock of 34 helping the home side to a comfortable victory.

OV's will now meet Farmers-Caesareans next Saturday at Les Quennevais in what will be another top-of-the-table clash, a crucial fixture for both sides.