THE battle for the WEPL’s Premier Two Glos/Wilts title and promotion to the top flight looks set to go down to the wire after another dramatic series of results which saw pacesetters Lechlade and Chelteham both lose.
Lechlade remain top after a five-wicket reverse at Biddestone while Cheltenham stay second despite becoming the latest side to suffer at the hands of Thornbury who, after failing to win a game in the first half of the campaign, made it five in a row with a 42-run triumph.
Former Gloucestershire favourite Chris Taylor (84) and skipper Richard Trotman (74 not) dominated Thornbury’s challenge of 230-8, Luke Sellers claiming 5-34 from nine before Cheltenham came up just short, Jack Gillett finishing with 3-44 from ten.
Gloucester City Winget boosted their hopes of staying up with a 26-run home triumph against Burbage & Easton Royal while there were also wins for Rockhampton and Goatacre.
In Premier One, champions and leaders Frocester tied with closest rivals Bath at Pounds Close.
Frocester needed seven off the last over but with the scores level, skipper Nick Trainor was run out off the final ball of the afternoon.
The result leaves Frocester 14 points clear at the top with four rounds of games to go.
Elsewhere, there were defeats for Downend and Bristol, away to Bridgwater and Corsham, respectively.
Bedminster, meanwhile, remain top of Premier Two Bristol/Somerset despite suffering a second successive setback, this time at home to Knowle who, in the process, racked up their fifth victory in a row after a complete blank in the first half of the season.
Joe Brimble (5-17) was the chief tormentor as Bedminster were dismissed for only 121 and though there were some early wobbles by Knowle, Brimble (34) and skipper Jack Weston (52 not) wrapped up a fine victory.
Bishopston lost at home to Taunton Deane, Brislington slipped to visitors Ilminster and Keynsham came off second best at home to Weston-super-Mare.
Claverham, the Bristol & North Somerset leaders, overwhelmed OB Westbury by nine wickets, while Winterbourne stayed in the silverware race with a nine-wicket thumping of Frenchay.
Stapleton boosted their hopes of staying up with a six-run win away to Bristol 2nds which featured a half century from captain Chris Phillips plus three wickets apiece from Danny Chard and Abhi Patil while Twyford House lost at home to Midsomer Norton.
In the Gloucestershire division, Hatherley & Reddings went top with a 153-run defeat of Lydney as previous pacesetters Tewkesbury slipped up by 74 runs at home to Dumbleton.
Henry Day grabbed 3-44 for Hatherley while Jack Brixey’s haul of 6-61 was in vain for Tewkesbury as Will Sharp (4-24) and Jamie Diamond (3-30, both from eight) also found a testing line and length for Dumbleton.
Woodmancote overcame Cheltenham Civil Service, Bourton Vale caned Chipping Sodbury by seven wickets and Stroud overcame Frocester 2nds by four wickets.