ROCKHAMPTON moved a huge step closer towards safety with a comfortable five-wicket victory away to bottom side Lechlade in WEPL Premier Two Glos/Wilts.
It’s possible that three teams may have to drop down from this division because of events elsewhere in the cross-county competition.
But The Rams are doing their best to take themselves out of any relegation scenario after securing another win which lifted them 18 points clear of the bottom three with four rounds of games to go.
Lechlade were dismissed for 179, Guy Brothwood taking four wickets, while Will Tyler’s unbeaten 56 then wrapped up the spoils.
At the other end of the table, Thornbury suffered a 19-run home reverse against Corsham which enabled Cheltenham to reclaim pole position following their comprehensive six-wicket success away to lowly Westbury & District.
The home side set a target of 231 which was well in range for openers Noah Cooper Llanes (134 off 87 balls; 26 fours and a six) and Kieran Smith (67) as the points were banked in the 39th over.
In Premier One, lowly Frocester were edged out by three wickets by Potterne while Bristol were humbled by 98 runs at champions Bath and Downend suffered a last-over one-wicket setback at Bridgwater.
Gloucestershire Academy wicketkeeper/batsman Brandon Allen top scored on 56 for Premier Two Bristol/Somerset leaders Lansdown who defeated Weston-super-Mare by two wickets but there were home reverses for Bishopston and Keynsham, against Shapwick & Polden and Midsomer Norton, respectively.
The Bristol & North Somerset promotion race intensified as leaders Winterbourne suffered a second successive defeat, sliding by 42 runs at Twyford House.
Curtis Blakemore (68) and opener Tom Armfield (42) lifted Twyford to 194 all out before Winterbourne came up short, Ross Sutton finishing with 3-25.
Second-placed Knowle closed the gap by tieing at home to Stapleton. Opener Ryan Pietersen (62) and skipper Joe Brimble (51) helped Knowle reach 259-9, Ghulam Shabbir following up figures of 1-5 from ten the previous week with an equally miserly spell of 0-7, again from ten.
Stapleton found themselves on the back foot at 80-5 but opener Tom Kear kept his side in the hunt with a patient 89 from 128 balls before the game tightened and the spoils were equally divided.
Brislington capped a memorable week of 150thanniversary celebrations by breezing past Congresbury by nine wickets while Bristol 2nds romped in by the same margin at home to their Bath counterparts.
Gloucester City Winget, meanwhile, consolidated second place in the Gloucestershire division with an emphatic 82-run win away to promotion rivals Stroud with the key men Scott Montgomery (70) and Tom Collinson (3-23 from ten).
Jack Cowles smashed an unbeaten 164 (21 fours, six sixes) and opener Ewan Gegg weighed in with 112 for leaders Frocester 2nds who dispatched Tewkesbury by 74 runs , the pair sharing a stand of 256.
Jono Jamieson-Black hit 60 and took 4-47 for Cirencester who overcame Kingsholm by 70 runs while Hatherley & Reddings edged Cheltenham Civil Service by two wickets and Bourton Vale were four-wicket victors at Cheltenham 2nds.