CIRENCESTER wrapped up the Bank House Gloucestershire County League Division One title with a 49-run home victory over nearest rivals Apperley.
Openers Andy Reynolds (95) and Jamie Jamieson-Black (89) spurred their side to a challenging total of 226-6 in a rain-affected 32 overs per side contest, Corey Pollard capturing 3-33 from seven.
And Apperley then came up short despite the efforts of skipper Luke Smith (63), Ross Jeffels taking 2-19 from seven while there were also two wickets for Gareth Williams.
The win means Cirencester repeated last season’s championship success while this year they will be promoted to the WEPL’s Gloucestershire division, along with the teams that also finish second and third in this division because of events further up the league pyramid structure.
Apperley, who remain second on 229 points, complete their season on Saturday with a home clash against Painswick.
Third-placed Corse & Staunton (222) and Westbury-on-Severn (205) are home to Cheltenham 2nds and away to Redmarley, respectively.
Three teams, in fact, will be promoted from each division this season, and two relegated, except possibly in Division Seven.
The Division Two title race, meanwhile, remains wide open with one more round of matches to be completed.
Charlton Kings remain in pole position after their home clash with Frampton-on-Severn was abandoned because of the weather.
They are now only three points ahead of Gloucester AIW Sports and six clear of Cranham, both of whom won their latest fixtures.
Sports overwhelmed Stone by 127 runs, Ummer Jabbar capturing 5-28 from nine. And Cranham squeezed in by four wickets with one ball to spare in a rain-affected home date with Oldlands.
Heavy rain, thunder and lightning forced the Division Three top-of-the-table meeting between Hatherley & Reddings 2nds and Chipping Sodbury 2nds to be abandoned, but third-placed Shurdington edged Rockhampton 2nds by 44 runs, Jack Styman (3-20), James Nicol (3-33) and Mason Beasley (3-38) the men in form.
At the other end of the table, Lechlade 2nds were eight-wicket victors in the basement battle away to Dumbleton 2nds while Lydney 2nds boosted their hopes of staying up with a 67-run triumph at home to Newent, Martin Pearce unbeaten on 71.
In Division Four, leaders Ullenwood Bharat trumped Fairford by 60 runs in a 27-overs per side contest, Mahesh Shetty battering ten fours and three sixes in a rapid 66.
Colin Denness captured 5-32 from four action-packed overs for Fairford whose top scorer was then Chris Clayton (48) as Jitesh Thammisetti claimed 3-9.
Slaughters United, in second, were three-wicket victors at Birdlip & Brimpsfield with two balls to spare, Andy Herbert and Dan O’Driscoll bagging three wickets apiece.
Woodpeckers, however, lost ground with a three-wicket reverse at Aston Ingham for whom Andy Wood (75 not) was the batting hero.
Gloucester AIW Sports 2nds and Dymock are locked on the same number of points at the top of Division Five after both won on the weekend.
Sports rushed out Woodmancote 2nds for only 64 thanks to Vasif Muzavar (4-26) and Salim Veshmia (3-13) ahead of romping in by seven wickets.
And Dymock held off Haresfield Gladiators by 36 runs, Joe Fowke compiling a crucial unbeaten 57 which featured eight fours and two sixes.