There was a dramatic finish at Thorpe Arnold on Saturday as the relegated hosts fell agonisingly short of only their second Premier Division win of the season against Kegworth.
The second-bottom visitors won the toss and chose to bat against a Thorpe side who had lost a fielder to a broken nose in the warm-up.
James Pepperdine (4 for 33) gave an incident-packed match a suitable start as he tore through the top order of the second-bottom side.
He had skipper Robert Moorhouse caught by his opposite number Jake Gillett for eight, and then next ball bowled George Scottorn (0).
He then delivered the perfect hat-trick ball to trap George Marrable lbw and complete the famous feat.
Opener Jonathan Lewis (53) and Alex Fletcher (42) rebuilt, but once they were removed, by Martin Foldys and Sam Woods respectively, the innings began to fall away.
Alex Renwick’s introduction proved decisive as he mopped up the tail, taking three wickets in as many overs as the visitors were bundled out for 187, two overs shy of their 50-over allocation.
Thorpe’s reply started badly with Charlie Read (11), Renwick (9) and Richard Garner (6) all falling cheaply.
Gillett rebuilt the innings with Dom Exton (45) before the latter was bowled by Carl Sutton.
Sam Woods fell soon after, but Adam Clark (14) steadied the ship and took Thorpe to the brink of victory until he was also bowled by Sutton.
Two more wickets were lost without further score as Thorpe wobbled once more, with only two wickets in hand and overs running out.
Pepperdine (6 not out) came in to support his skipper, but the Kegworth bowlers did well to restrict the hosts, and despite a superb knock from Gillett (56 not out), the game ended in a tie.
Bowling: J. Gillett 10-2-39-0; J. Pepperdine 10-2-33-4; S. Woods 10-0-50-1; M. Foldys 10-0-42-1; A. Clark 4-0-18-1; A. Renwick 3-1-8-3.
Thorpe: C. Read 11, A. Renwick 9, R. Garner 6, D. Exton 45, J. Gillett 56*, S. Woods 1, A. Clark 14, M. Starkey 0, J. Pepperdine 6*, Extras 39. Total: 187-8.