LECHLADE opened up a 17-point lead at the top of the WEPL’s Premier Two Glos/Wilts division thanks to an eight-wicket home win over fellow high-flyers Goatacre as second-placed Cheltenham went down by 47 runs at Chippenham.
Goatacre were pinned back to a total of 206-7 by some fine work by Liam Smith and Jock Jamieson-Black who finished with identical figures of 2-37.
And an unbroken stand of 126 by Brad Dial (63) and Benny Ellis (56) then wrapped up the win and put Lechlade in good heart for Saturday’s crucial trip to Cheltenham.
Liam Walker claimed 4-54 as Chippenham reached 289-6 ahead of Cheltenham coming up short despite Mike Kelly’s 113 from 78 balls (14 fours, four sixes).
Thornbury made it six in a row with a 76-run home defeat of Warminster while Rockhampton went down by 56 runs at lowly Gloucester City Winget.
This game featured an incredible 41 from only 11 balls by home captain Scott Montgomery who battered four fours and four sixes as well as a return of 4-53 by team-mate Andy Green.
In Premier One, champions Frocester overwhelmed Clevedon by 96 runs, Paul Muchall compiling an important 79 before skipper Nick Trainor (4-47), Ross Martin (3-19) and Muchall (2-22) caused havoc with the ball.
Bristol squeezed out a one-wicket home win against Bridgwater while Downend came off second best against Bath.
Comeback of the day was by Bishopston who rallied from 44-7 to eventually defeat Premier Two Bristol/Somerset leaders Bedminster by eight runs.
Skipper Frank Connelly (83) and Prevan Nayanah Rajh (65) turned the tide with an eighth wicket stand of 148.
And leg-spinner Joe Wenham then took 4-35 to pave the way for a memorable win, Mark Coombes polishing off the tail with a return of 3-16.
Knowle made it six in a row with a five-wicket win at Lansdown while bottom side Brislington lost by seven wickets at Shapwick & Polden.
Twyford House, meanwhile, boosted their hopes of missing the drop from Bristol & North Somerset with a five-wicket victory at Old Bristolians Westbury, chairman Gary Ball claiming 3-11.
Jack Ellison’s unbeaten 80 spurred Bristol 2nds to a 66-run victory away to Midsomer Norton, Winterbourne closed the gap on leaders Claverham with a three-wicket success over Stapleton and Frenchay slipped up against bottom side Portishead.
Hatherley & Reddings, the leaders of the Gloucestershire divison, overwhelmed nearest rivals Tewkesbury by 120 runs, Tom Hage (78) top scoring and Andre Soma capturing 6-37 from a devastating ten-over spell.
There were also wins for Frocester 2nds, Chipping Sodbury, Stroud and Dumbleton.