FORMER Gloucestershire captain Mark Alleyne’s first century of the season for Bedminster paved the way for his side to romp to a 170-run home win against Brislington and edge closer towards securing a prized place in Premier One of the West of England Premier League.
Alleyne finished on 103 from 79 balls (eight fours, six sixes) while skipper Garreth Elphick (94), Sai Kamuni (52) and Rob Cunliffe (44) lifted the Premier Two Bristol/Somerset leaders to a total of 356-7 declared in the 45th over.
And Bris then folded to 186 in reply, Tom Pugsley and James Carter claiming three wickets apiece as Bedminster stretched 29 points clear with five rounds of games to go.
Their nearest rivals are Taunton Deane who lost ground with a stunning 149-run home reverse against Knowle who were without a win in the first half of the season but who have now made it four in a row to move out of the relegation zone.
Callum Nankervis walloped 98 from 45 balls and took 3-34 from 8.4 overs in a commanding triumph for the visitors while Weston-super-Mare slipped into the bottom two after a 67-run home setback against Bishopston.
Opener Dan Davis produced one of the innings of the day, smashing 148 from 108 balls (17 fours, seven sixes), as Thornbury also made it four in a row, this time in Premier Two Glos/Wilts with a 153-run pounding of local rivals Rockhampton.
Josh Morris finished with 3-33 for the home side who are now up to seventh after also reaching the turn in last place.
Leaders Lechlade marched on with a 41-run home success over Gloucester City Winget which featured an unbeaten 116 from Benny Ellis off 98 balls (16 fours, one six) while Cheltenham remain tucked in just behind after chasing down a target of 277 at Goatacre, opener Kieran Smith leading the way with an unbeaten 120 from 125 deliveries (11 fours, four sixes).
In Premier One, champions Frocester warmed up for their potentially crucial home date with title rivals Bath on Saturday with a hard-earned 33-run home defeat of Bristol.
Paul Muchall was a key performer for Frocester, top scoring with a patient 81 and following up with a return of 5-25, including three wickets in his second spell as Bristol threatened an upset.
Twyford House moved out of the Bristol & North Somerset relegation zone with a 42-run victory away to drop zone rivals Stapleton, Mark Fowler digging in for a gritty 82 from 115 balls while there were three wickets each for Ross Sutton and stand-in skipper Zora Singh.
Claverham and Winterbourne remain first and second, respectively, despite both losing, and there was a 55-run win for Old Bristolians Westbury against Frenchay, Gareth Griffiths claiming 3-30 from ten.
Stuart Tame, meanwhile, produced an unbeaten 40 to guide Tewkesbury to a nerve-tingling one-wicket home triumph against Frocester 2nds in the Gloucestershire division.
The win keeps his side in pole position, 11 points ahead of Hatherley & Reddings who dispatched Bourton Vale by three wickets.
Even the staunchest Hatherley supporter, though, would have felt for Bourton opener Charlie Garratt who carried his bat for 99 (147 balls, 14 fours) as No 11 Archie Hayward was run out off the second last ball of the innings.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Chipping Sodbury, Dumbleton and Woodmancote who overcame relegation rivals Stroud by 32 runs, Matt McCallum top scoring with a patient but crucial 73 from 114 balls.