GLOUCESTER City Winget moved off the bottom of the WEPL’s Premier Two Glos/Wilts division and out of the relegation zone with an excellent seven-wicket home victory against Chippenham.
The visitors, who won the toss, were bowled out for 191 with Andy Green and Jordan Rouse both capturing 3-30. And Winget then had few problems knocking off the required runs with Scott Montgomery (66) and Will Steadman (43) sharing an unbroken stand of 125.
It was a good day too for Thornbury who, after failing to win a game in the first half of the season, continued their move up the table by making it three in a row with an eight-wicket success at Biddestone, Dan Davis taking 3-39 and following up with a powerful 97.
Rockhampton are back in the promotion mix after a six-wicket defeat of rivals Goatacre which featured an unbeaten 132 from Matt Tyler while there were also wins for Lechlade and Cheltenham.
Knowle were another side to make it three in a row as they emerged out of the drop zone in Premier Two Bristol/Somerset, overcoming fellow strugglers Weston-super-Mare by two wickets thanks to a superb unbroken stand of 99 by Lee Godfrey (59) and Matt Wilson (37).
Brislington remain bottom after a six-wicket home reverse against Taunton Deane while leaders Bedminster suffered only their second defeat of the season, going down by 160 runs at Lansdown and Bishopston slipped up by five wickets at home to Keynsham.
In Premier One, Bristol consolidated third place with a 99-run home victory against Downend, opener James Bracey (65) and Ralph Hardwick (40) amongst the runs.
Next up for Bristol is a trip on Saturday to champions Frocester who overcame Potterne by eight wickets, stand-in skipper Paul Muchall unbeaten on 63 after taking 4-31.
Relegation-battling Twyford House held their nerve for a four-run home win in the Bristol & North Somerset division against Bristol 2nds.
Curtis Blakemore top scored with 108 off 119 balls (14 fours and a six) as Twyford totalled 251 before Jack Ellison came within a whisker of seeing Bristol to the win before he was bowled for 93 (102 balls, 13 fours and a six).
Stapleton lost at leaders Claverham, second-placed Winterbourne were seven-wicket victors at Portishead, OB Westbury overcame Bath 2nds by 13 runs and Frenchay slipped up at home to Midsomer Norton.
It’s all change, meanwhile, once again at the top of the Gloucestershire division where only 21 points separate the top five sides.
Tewkesbury are the new leaders courtesy of a seven-wicket win at Lydney achieved whilst Cheltenham Civil Service, who were in pole at the start of the day, were walloped by 168 runs at home to Hatherley & Reddings.
Gareth Dawson top scored on 104 for Hatherley while Andre Soma contributed 70 before claiming 2-10 from eight.
There were also wins for Dumbleton, Frocester 2nds and Chipping Sodbury.