OPENER Will Salter’s unbeaten 80 helped Parkend make it four in a row with an eight-wicket triumph at home to Hatherley & Reddings 3rds which helped the club move top of C West in the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.
The visitors struggled to post a total of 139-7, opener Steve Witcomb digging in for 52 from 105, before Salter and Ryan Burris (34 not) steered their side to the spoils.
Parkend moved eight points clear at the top of the table ahead of Apperley 2nds who suffered a first setback of this shortened summer, succumbing by three runs at home to Kingsholm.
Churchdown, meanwhile, were 115-run home victors against Aston Ingham, Ivor Griffiths finishing unbeaten on 103 while fellow opener Callum Lindsay was caught for 96 as their side cruised to their second win.
Rain had the final word in many matches across the region, but a full set of four results was achieved in C East where leaders Poulton suffered a first reverse, going down by nine wickets at Witcombe.
Tobias Jupp (64) and Callum Higginson (44) led the way in Poulton’s 168, Justin Forgan claiming 3-27, before Witcombe cruised to the points thanks to openers Nick Lampkin (68 not) and Rhian Burford (46) with Mark Fuller unbeaten on 43.
Langford overcame Bourton Vale 3rds by 53 runs thanks to half centuries from Caspar Norris and Jake Romanek while Alex Kill’s unbeaten 117 saw Cricklade to a seven-wicket win at Chedworth for whom opener Jamie Lait was out for 98, and opener Jack Francis’ unbeaten 72 helped set up St Philips North’s 89-run home success over Woodmancote Saints 2nds, Adam Springmore bagging figures of 4-0 from 11 balls.
There was just one result in A East, Cheltenham 2nds blitzing Woodmancote Saints by eight wickets, while Chipping Sodbury rushed past Oldlands by ten wickets to go top of A South where Jay Westwood’s 115 paved the way for Hawkesbury Upton to overcome Frocester 3rds by 137 runs.
The top-of-the-table clash in B West between Ullenwood Bharat and Corse & Staunton 2nds was washed out, enabling Newent to claim pole position courtesy of a 31-run win away to Tewkesbury 2nds.
Morgan Evans’ 31 not out helped the visitors battle to 127-8 off their 40, Kevin Wilkins (3-18) leading the charge. But Tewkesbury then came up short as Alistair Connolly, Jack Cowles, Tom Morley and Simon Clark led a fine bowling effort.
Lydney 2nds were eight-wicket home victors over their Gloucester counterparts and opener Tom Stevens’ unbeaten 96 set up Woodpeckers’ 101-run triumph over Dymock for whom James Field hit a battling 80.