Westlawn Grafton Hotel is poised to secure outright points against Premier League cellar dwellers East Royal Tavern after a merciless display at McKittrick Park on Saturday.
The defending premier bludgeoned East's bowling attack to amass a formidable first innings total of 7-258 declared. Westlawn still had 30 overs available when the declaration was made.
East's pain did not stop there, with Westlawn's bowlers running roughshod over the East top order to have it 5-24 when when play was abandoned early because of the ensuing storm.
Earlier, East skipper David Cox had most at the ground scratching their heads when he elected to bowl first despite the soaring temperatures and a wicket which on face value ap- peared ready-made for batsmen.
Cox had little choice ? the bulk of his regular first grade side was unavailable.
Westlawn decimated East's makeshift side, with Brad Inmon (65) and Andrew Firth (68) doing the most damage. Tim Grosser also chimed in with 50.
Ian O'Toole was the one shining light for East, taking 4-82 from 21 overs.