Rathbones OV's survived a scare at Les Quennevais 1 on Saturday to beat Farmers-Caesareans by 42 runs and extend their lead at the top of the Premier Division.

 But for much of the afternoon it appeared that a Farmers upset was on the cards, Peter German's side bowling out the OV's for a mere 104. The Farmers teenagers did the real damage with the ball, 18-year old seamers Charles Perchard and Andrew Rabet returning the impressive figures of 3-21 and 4-24 respectively.

Yet the Farmers were unable to capitalize on their strong performance in the field, the OV's bouncing back to bowl their title-rivals out for 61. Chris Jones was the chief instigator of the Farmers collapse, his 5-wicket haul at the cost of a meagre 9 runs propelling the OV's to victory. Jonny Gough also excelled with the ball, finishing with figures of 4-20.

 The win keeps the OV's unbeaten record intact and sees them move 26 points clear at the top of the league.

Elsewhere, SCF recorded their first win of the season at FB1 despite a second hundred in consecutive games for Aztec Springfield's Dean Morrison.

Matt Hanley's 82 from 79 balls, a knock that included 8 boundaries and a six, along with skipper Bradley Vautier's 64 from 78 balls, helped SCF to the highly-competitive 232-9 from their allotted 45 overs.

 The total proved too good for Springfield, all out for 200 in the 42nd over, not even Dean Morrison's better-than-a-run-a-ball 112 able to take his side to victory.

In the CI League Optimus' poor run of form continued as they succumbed to a 46-run defeat at the hands of Argyll Investments.

Batting first at Port Soif, Argyll finished on 273-7 from their 45 overs, South African GH Smit top scoring for the hosts with 62. In reply, Optimus could muster only 227 despite a valiant 92 from Matt Hague, GH Smit again taking the plaudits with figures of 4-31.

The defeat is Optimus' third in successive games and they will be intent on reversing this disappointing slide against Aztec Springfield next Saturday.

Next weekend will also see a clash of the Rathbones: Victoria College First XI taking on the Old Victorians, a fixture the juniors would no doubt love to win.