The bell tolled for Caistor’s batsmen on Saturday when they suffered a disappointing six-wicket defeat at home to Barton Town.
Fourth-placed Caistor were bowled out for just 109 in a little under 50 overs as Barton opening bowler Paul Bell starred with the ball.
Half of Bell’s 16 overs were maidens and he removed the top three of Harry Boulton (14), Peter Briggs (8) and Liam Wood (2) as he finished with stunning figures of 4 for 18.
Caistor looked set for a very early finish as they slumped to 49-7 and were indebted to their lower order to get them to three figures.
Kieran Brooker made 20, skipper Gareth Johnson chipped in with 11 and wicket-keeper Peter Jacob, going in at 10, top scored with 24.
Caistor’s bowlers always had their work cut out to defend such a low total, but opening bowlers Paul Dimbleby (1 for 38) and Sean Woolley (2 for 38) did make early inroads.
Dimbleby trapped John Knapton lbw for two and Woolley had fellow opener Elliott Drinkell caught behind by Jacob, also for two, as the visitors wobbled on 4 for 2.
But Ruben Minnaar followed up his two wickets with an unbeaten 62, and saw Barton home within 34 overs, supported by Chris Kipling (17) and Alex Shreeve (28).
The defeat left Caistor 53 points behind the Premier Division top three as they prepare to visit fifth-placed Cherry Willingham on Saturday (1pm).
Caistor: H. Boulton 14, P. Briggs 8, L. Wood 2, P. Dimbleby 0, R. Ronaldson 11, A. Pearson 2, J. Parker 2, K. Brooker 20, G. Johnson 11, P. Jacob 24, S. Woolley 2, Extras 13. Total: 109.
Barton Town: 113-4.
Bowling: P. Dimbleby 11-1-38-1; S. Woolley 10-1-38-2; K. Brooker 12.2-0-36-1.