LECHLADE are preparing for a first taste of life in the top tier of the West of England Premier League after sealing promotion from Premier Two Glos/Wilts.
Warminster were struggling at 48-6 when a storm washed out any chance of a resumption of play. And it was later, when results of games involving Cheltenham and Rockhampton came through, that Lechlade were able to celebrate their unassailable lead with one game to go and securing the title under the leadership of 20-year-old Freddie Martin.
Cheltenham suffered a 44-run reverse away to relegation-battling Gloucester City Winget for whom Alex Nel captured 5-27. And Rockhampton slipped up by 38 runs away to Biddestone.
Champions and Premier One leaders Frocester suffered a surprise three-wicket defeat away to lowly Downend.
Half centuries from Uzi Qureshi and captain Nick Trainor took Frocester to 243-9, brothers Matt (3-32) and Phil Jackson (3-59) both striking.
And Praful Waghela’s superb 129 from 134 balls (15 fours, one six) then saw Downend to a vital win, Callum Loud (46) and Matt Jackson (31 not) also making invaluable contributions.
Victory means Downend will stay up … if they can defeat second-bottom and drop-zone rivals Taunton St Andrews on Saturday.
Frocester, meanwhile, must beat Bridgwater at home, and hope new leaders Bath slip up at home to relegated Taunton, if they are to retain the league silverware and make it three titles in a row.
Bedminster have one hand on the Premier Two Bristol/Somerset title – and promotion to Premier One – thanks to a 95-run home triumph against nearest rivals Taunton Deane.
Former Gloucestershire duo Rob Cunliffe and Mark Alleyne made a huge difference for Bedminster; Cunliffe top scored with a patient 60 in the Bristol side’s total of 197 while Alleyne devastated the Deane top order with remarkable figures of 4-1 from six overs.
At the other end of the table, Knowle continued to pull clear of the bottom two with a 129-run triumph away to relegated Brislington, Habin Naqvi and Oli Haynes both taking three wickets.
Claverham are the Bristol & North Somerset champions thanks to completing a 166-run victory away to lowly Frenchay whilst Winterbourne, second at the start of play, slipped up by 31 runs at home to Bristol 2nds.
Hatherley & Reddings are in pole position to win the Gloucestershire division after a comfortable six-wicket success at Chipping Sodbury.
They are now 13 points clear of Dumbleton who overcame Frocester 2nds by four wickets.
Hatherley’s final game is home to Stroud while Dumbleton entertain Chipping Sodbury.