HATHERLEY & Reddings were washed out away to Frocester 2nds but banked six points which were enough to seal the Gloucestershire Division title and with it promotion to Premier Two Glos/Wilts in the Courage West of England Premier League.
With three rounds of games to go, Owen Price’s side are 74 points clear of nearest rivals Corse & Staunton and heading back to tier two after being relegated in 2017.
Wet weather wreaked havoc on matches across the region, and only two results were possible in this division with Rockhampton edging Cirencester in a reduced-overs contest and Corse overwhelming Tewkesbury by 161 runs, opener Matt Cox (120) and Bertie Wyatt (4-12) playing starring roles.
There were four finishes in Premier One, including a six-wicket home reverse for newcomers Cheltenham against Taunton St Andrews.
Saints, in the process, moved off the foot of the table to be replaced by Bristol who succumbed by six-wickets at title favourites Potterne, and Bedminster remain third despite a 46-run defeat at Bridgwater.
Thornbury, meanwhile, strengthened their bid for a long-awaited return to Premier One with a four-wicket triumph away to Biddestone in Premier Two Glos/Wilts.
Luke Davis’ side were only two points ahead of nearest rivals Chippenham in the battle for the one promotion place but surged 14 clear thanks to their fifth win in a row.
Danny Slade (4-9) led the charge as Biddestone were bowled out for 103. In reply, Thornbury were on the back foot at 27-3 before rallying to bank a crucial win, Yvan Grant top scoring on 26 off 56.
Chippenham, meanwhile, were 136-8 at home to Frocester when play had to be abandoned. But this race appears set to go right down to the final Saturday, when Thornbury – who were relegated from Premier One in 2011 – host Chippenham.
Dan Holland shone in Dumbleton’s 77-run home success over Trowbridge, top scoring on 99 and bagging 3-22 off eight.
In Premier Two Bristol/Somerset, Bishopston slipped up by four wickets away to leaders Taunton Dean, Cyrus Shafi finishing with 3-20 from nine for the Bristol side.
There was just one result in Bristol & North Somerset, leaders Bath 2nds cruising past Congresbury by ten wickets to move a step closer towards the title.