Another poor batting display saw Thorpe Arnold slip to their latest Premier Division defeat against reigning champions Loughborough on Saturday.
Having lost the toss, the home side were put into bat and started well, reaching 41 before skipper Gillett was out for 13.
Hickman followed two balls later, but Exton (40) and Read (18) got to 85 without any further problems.
Disappointingly both men fell in quick succession and from 87-4, Thorpe never really recovered.
Clark blasted a quick 20, but the hosts subsided to 133 all out in less than 40 overs.
As many sides do, Loughborough began their innings at a fast rate, flying to 70-0.
Pepperdine made the breakthrough with a fine caught and bowled, but nothing would slow the visitors down.
Even two more wickets from Pepperdine, removing Baum and Mahmood, both for 0, had little impact as Loughborough continued to attack.
A wicket for Hickman came as a consolation, and despite the score being 87-4 at that stage, the visitors still had plenty in the shed and lost no further wickets in chasing down the target.
Another tough test awaits on Saturday when Thorpe travel to third-placed Lutterworth.
Thorpe: Exton 40, Gillett 13, Hickman 0, Read 18, Clark 13, Clark 20, Starkey 0, Newton 2, Christie 0, Exton 4, Pepperdine 0*, Extras 23. Total: 133.
Bowling: Christie 7-0-46-0; Pepperdine 10-2-54-3; Hickman 4-0-32-1.