OPENER Josh Loade cracked a century as Aston Ingham closed the gap on leaders Chipping Campden with a 21-run home victory over their rivals in Division Three of the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.
Loade, who was dismissed for exactly 100 off 130 balls (7 fours), received fine support from Jack Carpenter (57) and James Hamilton (54) to help steer their side to 262-4.
And fine work from Charlie Neale (3-35) and Oli Henson (3-36) then ensured the visitors came up just short, leaving Aston Ingham trailing the leaders by five points with four rounds of games to go.
Jeremy White was another opener to reach double figures, compiling 101 for Rockhampton 2nds who dispatched Hawkesbury Upton by 113 runs, while Adam Smith’s 130 helped Stone move out of the bottom two with a 44-run home success over Frocester 3rds.
Skipper James Westhead, meanwhile, thumped 122 off 116 balls (19 four and a six) while opening the innings for Tetbury who overcame struggling Slaughters United by 131 runs.
Painswick, the Division One leaders at the start of the day, slipped up by 109 runs at Corse & Staunton for whom skipper Tim Dannatt led the charge with a magnificent 157 off 104 (22 fours, four sixes).
It was a day to remember for the Dannatt family as Steve’s father also hit a ton, finishing unbeaten on 111 for Corse 3rds who overcame Lydney 3rds in a Cheltenham/Gloucester/Forest of Dean Division One West clash!
Painswick’s defeat enabled Poulton to nip back into pole position courtesy of an eight-wicket thumping of Apperley (109) while Chipping Sodbury remain fourth after defeating lowly Westbury-on-Severn by 111 runs, skipper Jamie Rendell spinning his way to a return of 5-39.
Opener Jon Kear joined a long list of centurions with 117 for Lydney who overwhelmed Cam by 161 runs, Paul Morris also capturing 5-8 from four, while Redmarley cruised past Charlton Kings (119) by nine wickets.
Thornbury 2nds, the Division Two pacesetters, lost by one run away to their Hatherley & Reddings counterparts but remain more than 50 points clear in the title race as closest rivals Shurdington also slipped up by 80 runs away to Cinderford St Johns.
Hero for Saints was Simon Gwynne with an unbeaten 114 and a return of 4-25 while Mark House struck with 4-17.
Ullenwood Bharat overwhelmed Chipping Sodbury 2nds by 161 runs, Abdul Haq Channa claiming 5-22, while Woodmancote moved out of the bottom two following a two-wicket home success over fellow strugglers Cranham.
Division Four leaders Langford trumped Cheltenham Civil Service by 87 runs, Harry Stevens top scoring on 91, and second-placed Great Rissington overcame Gloucester City Winget 2nds with half centuries from James Seagrave and Carel Smith.
Lydney 2nds leapfrogged Dymock to move out of the drop zone with an 111-run victory over their rivals, Jack Bartlett and Ben Nelmes both finishing with four wickets apiece.
And Kevin Smart’s burst of 4-29 from eight put Fairford on the way to a nine-wicket home crushing of bottom side Witcombe.
Matt Nicholson (100) and Kevin Emery (60) shared an unbroken stand of 184 to power Dumbleton 2nds to a ten-wicket home success over Corse & Staunton 2nds in Division Five where leaders Birdlip & Brimpsfield breezed past Haresfield Gladiators by 100 runs, Will Lowe unbeaten on 81 and George James bagging 4-28.