Since their return to first grade three seasons ago, Guyra have only recorded one triumph against Easts.
That was on Saturday when the side from the top of the pinch beat the reigning premiers by four runs in their round four fixture.
Shane Wolfenden and Brandon Landsborough opened their team's batting account with 32 runs apiece and then after a stint in second grade to re-find form with the bat, Ben Jackson hit his straps with his team's top score of 74. The ever-consistent Matt Finlay backed him up with 73 runs of his own in their partnership of 120.
But Easts' first grade returnee Lochie Elks put an end to Guyra's batting with a 4-17 haul from his 36 deliveries as Guyra finished on 268.
"Better, batting-wise it was good to see two guys in the top order score, especially Ben," Guyra captain Charlie White said.
"Just a bit of a collapse at the end but we will work on that."
Easts set to work with Ian Ranger and Dean Waters opening before Jake Ellis sent Ranger back to the sheds.
Ellis then nabbed the wicket of dangerman Clarrie Moran for two before Tyson Burey trapped Cody Graham leg-before-wicket for the same score.
Elks ensured his first grade return was one to take note of with a steadying 54 including five fours and two sixes.
His stand came to an end via the bowling of Heath Dowsett.
Easts' Micheal Smoother and skipper Sam Uphill chimed in with 27 runs each, and Justin Hickey 12, before they departed as well for their side to be 9-258 and bowling pair Mitch Foster and Brandon Burey were tasked with getting them over the line.
As their 45 overs came to an end, Easts were four runs short on 9-263.
Although his side got the win, White was still disappointed with their fielding.
"In the field, before drinks it was really good," he said.
"It made it hard for them to score and then after drinks, the attitude in the field put them [Easts] back in the game.
"I don't know if we got tired or something or maybe thought we had it in the bag.
"Credit to Dean Waters and Lochie Elks, they batted really well and gave Easts a shot."
At The Armidale School's backfield, a standout batting effort by Matt Baillie proved the difference between Hillgrove and Ex-Services.
Baillie scored 176 not out to lead the charge for his team.
Hillgrove president and first grade player Dick Heagney said it was good to sit back and watch.
"He started a bit slow, probably 10 off his first 30 balls but then he kicked into gear and it was pretty to watch," he said.
"I sat there with my pads on the whole time but I was happy to do that."
Hillgrove went on to post 2-366 from their 45 overs, Ex-Services' skipper John Elliot the only wicket-taker.
With the ball, young gun Olly Schmude led the way as Hillgrove dismissed Servies for 192.
Schmude finished with 3-42 from his nine overs, newcomer James Treweeke 2-39, Heagney 2-45, Sheeraz Ahmed, Matt Schaefer and Max Laurie getting one each.
"Olly Schmude took three wickets again, he is looking like a first line spinner now, he is knocking me off," Heagney said.
"Shiraz Ahmed, he filled in as well and got a wicket.
"Was good to see them get a go."
In second grade, Hillgrove beat Easts and Guyra defeat City.
Third grade saw Guyra triumph over Hillgrove and Servies defeat City.