DOWNEND moved to the top of WEPL Premier One thanks to a nerve-tingling three-run win away to champions Bath achieved whilst leaders Taunton St Andrews were humbled by ten wickets at home to Potterne.
The historic Bristol side, who won the toss, were battling at 34-4 before Brandon Gilmour and Callum Loud turned their innings around with a stand of 143.
Loud was first out for 73 from 74 balls while the left-handed Gilmour was caught and bowled by Paul Muchall (3-55) for 90 off 98 deliveries (ten fours, two sixes).
At 208-7 Downend were still short of a competitive total, and that was the signal for skipper Matt Jackson to pulverise 38 off only 18 balls (one four, four sixes) to help elevate his side to 262-9.
Bath’s reply got off to the worst possible start when in-form Gloucestershire star George Hankins was held by Jackson off county Academy Plus seamer Callum Gregory without scoring.
The home side tumbled to 32-3 but then rallied before the momentum shifted again ahead of Downend completing a rare win at North Parade.
Clevedon are up to second after a comprehensive 125-run home defeat of Bristol while Bedminster completed their second win of the campaign, overcoming newcomers Goatacre by three wickets.
Gloucestershire’s Tom Smith shone with a return of 3-25 from ten while Sai Kamuni (47), skipper Rob Cunliffe (40) and teenage opener Max Tryfonos (37) then chipped away at the required target and Andy Solomons’ unbeaten 76 from only 43 deliveries (nine fours, three sixes) saw Frocester to an eight-wicket home triumph against Bridgwater.
Thornbury suffered a first reverse of the summer, going down by 38 runs at home to Cheltenham, but remain top of Premier Two Glos/Wilts.
James Schofield anchored the visitors’ total of 250-7 with 64 from 97 deliveries while captain Luke Davis (46) top scored as Thornbury came up short.
Opener Rupert Salmon compiled an unbeaten 73 in Dumbleton’s six-wicket success at Westbury & District but Lechlade lost by six wickets at home to Biddestone and Rockhampton slipped up by 111 runs away to Corsham.
Otago all-rounder Jack Hunter hit 76 and followed up with 3-34 as Bishopston got off the mark in Premier Two Bristol/Somerset with a 61-run victory away to leaders Weston-super-Mare.
In Bristol & North Somerset, Aaron Lawrence thumped 93 off just 47 balls for Twyford House who emerged 71-run victors at home to Chew Magna.
Lawrence’s effort included five successive straight sixes and then a four off one over.
Leaders Winterbourne were five-wicket victors away to Bristol 2nds, Richard Trotman taking 4-58 before Sam Bracey followed up his 95 the previous week with 111 off 108 deliveries (13 fours and one six).
Knowle moved up to second following a six-wicket home success over Claverham and Kasey Aldridge (4-18 from ten) and Will Thomas (3-15) combined to bowl out Stapleton for 112 and complete a 169-run home win for Brislington.
Gloucester City Winget marched on with a sixth straight triumph, overcoming Cheltenham Civil Service by 120 runs to remain clear at the top of the Gloucestershire division, Scott Montgomer contributing 102.
Frocester 2nds suffered a first setback as they succumbed by 71 runs at Stroud for whom Chris Job (76) and Dominic Thompson (67) shared a stand of 133.
And there was a first win for Kingsholm who overpowered Cheltenham 2nds by 63 runs, James Boon (71) and Harry Emmett (5-50) the stars.