OLD Bristolians Westbury remain top of the Senior Division in the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League despite suffering a first defeat of the summer, going down by five wickets at home to Bradley Stoke.
Chris Phillips top scored on 37 as OB Westbury struggled to reach 159 after winning the toss, Owen Onslow (3-33 from eight) and Marcus Thatcher (2-26 from nine) sharing the wickets.
Opener Tom Laver then led the visitors’ reply with 62 while there was also an unbeaten 24 from skipper Ash Baber.
OB Westbury are now just 12 points ahead of Bristol YMCA who continued their good run with a six-wicket victory over Clevedon 2nds.
Tayyab Riaz had another outstanding afternoon, capturing 4-37 and top scoring on 90 while there was also 44 from skipper John Colley as YMCA chased down a challenge of 213 with ease.
Lowly Claverham boosted confidence with a six-wicket victory away to high-flying Keynsham 2nds, wicketkeeper James Copeland top scoring on 57.
Shirehampton remain third following a 38-run win at Coalpit Heath, opener Harv Summers (61) and skipper Gareth Nicholls (52) hitting form.
Division One leaders Whitchurch completed a four-wicket victory at Almondsbury and Pak Bristolians kept the pressure on in second place with a 25-run home triumph over rivals Bedminster 2nds, Haroon Mustafa bagging 4-37 from nine.
In Division Two, Bitton moved from last to seventh thanks to a one-wicket home victory over Hambrook.
The visitors were bowled out for 118, Calum Martin dominating the innings with 49 as Jacob Wardle finished with 5-31.
Bitton then rallied from a poor start to win with four balls to spare thanks to skipper Liam Mansfield (27 not), Wardle (22) and last man Alex Garland (16 not).
It’s so tight at the bottom that only 11 points separate four sides battling to stay up, including Bohemians who slipped to last after a seven-wicket setback at home to Lodway.
Leaders Pakistani Express, meanwhile, dropped to second in Division Three after a three-wicket home setback against Frampton Cotterell.
Captain Junaid Khan (82) and Zuhaib Zaidi (35) added 159 for the seventh wicket as Express totalled 218-9, Ryan Cater finishing with figures of 6-52.
Frampton’s reply then owed much to Jimmy Dickinson (49) and Pete Rebera (43).
Back on top are Backwell Flax Bourton who held on for a four-run win over Failand & Portbury.