TETBURY are off the bottom of Division One in the Bank House Gloucestershire County League thanks to a tremendous three-wicket away win against high-flying Apperley who started the day in second place.
Useful knocks from Rob Birch (60), skipper and opener Luke Smith (48) and Corey Pollard (44) saw Apperley total 233-9 after winning the toss, Dan Heaps, Alex Evans and Mark Schumm all taking two wickets apiece.
The home side then appeared to have the upper hand as Tetbury slipped to 182-7. But that was the signal for captain Mike Baverstock (35) and Sam Price (26) to share a quick-fire unbroken stand of 52 which swung the match.
Baverstock biffed five fours and a six from just 19 balls and Price cracked three fours and a maximum off 18 balls to clinch only their side’s second win of the campaign with a ball to spare, Pollard finishing with 4-33 from nine.
Cirencester remain top after overcoming Westbury-on-Severn by 65 runs while Cam are now bottom following a seven-wicket reverse at Kingsholm for whom Sam Gough captured 5-9. There were also wins for Corse & Staunton and Painswick.
In Division Two, Cranham lost ground in the promotion race with a four-wicket home setback against high-flying rivals Charlton Kings for whom Lloyd Arkell captured 4-33 and Chris Burrows hit 52.
Oldlands pulled off an excellent one-wicket home triumph against Frocester 3rds, opener Brad Thomas anchoring the chase to reach 242 with an unbeaten 85.
Earlier, Ben Spyvee’s 100 and a stand of 174 for the fourth wicket with Steve Tegg (72) were the highlights of the Frocester innings.
There were also wins for Poulton, Cinderford St John and Thornbury 2nds.
Hatherley & Reddings 2nds and Chipping Sodbury 2nds, the top two sides in Division Three, remain locked in a neck-to-neck battle for the title after recording comfortable victories.
Henry Day top scored on 77 and Jack Clement finished with 5-29 from nine in Hatherley’s 128-run defeat of Shurdington, and three wickets apiece for Rich Lane and Jack Philpott saw Sodbury to a 125-run home triumph against Gloucester City Winget 2nds.
Dumbleton 2nds eeked out a last-ball two-wicket win against Rockhampton 2nds, skipper Pete Boorman contributing 91 at the top of the order, while it was also a good day for Great Rissington and Newent who overcame Lydney 2nds and Lechlade 2nds, respectively.
Woodpeckers, the leaders of Division Four, emerged 84-run victors at Witcombe, Andy Ruxton (76) and captain Rob Cockburn (51) amongst the runs.
And second-placed Ullenwood Bharat were 30-run home winners against Aston Ingham as Mahesh Shetty (4-35) and Bashir Saffy (4-31) starred with the ball.
Woodmancote 2nds, meanwhile, boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop from Division Five with a 91-run triumph at home to Painswick 2nds, skipper Josh Dunn hitting 102 before Karl Shepherd, coming on first change, grabbed a wicket with his first ball en route to claiming 5-41.