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CORSE & Staunton stretched their 100 per cent record to five outings with a seven-wicket success away to Cheltenham Civil Service that also extended their lead at the top of Covid Group H in the Courage West of England Premier League.

The home side struggled to reach 151-8, Callum Wilson (27 not) top scoring at number nine as Kiran Chakraborty (3-20 from eight), Callum King (2-18 from eight) and Matt Cox (2-20 from four) put the squeeze on. Corse then coasted to the spoils with opener Cox unbeaten on 79 from 74 balls (13 fours).

Frocester 2nds, who occupied second place at the start of the day, lost by three runs at Apperley for whom opener Gareth Yardley hit 48 off 65 balls in an all out total of 136 as Taylor Ireland bagged 4-18 from six.

Elliot Hayward (3-20 from eight) ripped through the Frocester top order only for James Cook to dig in with an unbeaten 50 off 67. But he ran out of partners as George Wathen (2-16 from eight), James Nicol (2-15) and Matt Luxton (2-17) closed out the victory.

Cirencester moved up a place to second courtesy of a seven-wicket home defeat of Thornbury 2nds, Tom Fullalove capturing 3-18, while Painswick were seven-wicket winners at Bourton Vale thanks to an unbeaten 100 from Ross Martin (116 balls, 12 fours) with Gavin Clark unbeaten on 58.

Cheltenham took advantage of joint leaders Thornbury being washed out at home to Dumbleton to move clear at the top of Covid Group F, cruising in by seven wickets at Stroud.

Luke Sellers (3-7) and Stanley Brown (3-21, both from five) combined to restrict the home side to 101-8 from a rain-reduced 25 overs before Peter Woodland’s patient 46 helped wrap up the spoils.

Frocester were four-run winners at home to Gloucester, Jack Worgan claiming 4-13 and holding a crucial catch off Will Naish to dismiss Tom Collinson for 62.

And it was even tighter at Rockhampton who edged Hatherley & Reddings by just one run, Dave McCabe (3-11) and Matt Belbin (3-21, both from eight) playing crucial roles.

Tom Price (75) and Sai Kamuni (61) paved the way for Bedminster to trump Congresbury by 142 runs to stay top of Covid Group B, Jino Jojo finishing with fine figures of 5-6 from just 3.3 overs, while Bishopston finished 26 runs short at Clevedon.

In Covid Group A, Knowle won by 26 runs at Keynsham and Brislington succumbed by six wickets at home to Midsomer Norton.

Ghulam Shabbir (4-18 from seven) and skipper Oli Sharp (67 not) saw Stapleton to an eight-wicket success over Bristol 2nds in Covid Group G, Mahin Omar bagged 6-12 to set up new leaders Bristol West Indian Phoenix’s six-wicket home victory over Twyford House and opener Finlay Yates’ unbeaten 75 was in vain for OB Westbury who finished 23 runs short away to Golden Hill.

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