Rain is a real pain as Bath lose ground to title rivals
WEST OF ENGLAND LEAGUE Bath were left frustrated by the rain on Saturday as their game with local rivals Corsham was abandoned at the halfway stage.
On a day where stoppages were always likely, home skipper Robin Lett won the toss and asked Corsham to bat. They were immediately in trouble as fiery opening spells from Adam Kelly (1-36) and Lloyd Davies (1-19) removed the in-form Toby Davies and former Bath player Tom Hankins with the score on 14.
Tom Stayt entered the attack for the first of his two very impressive spells and promptly removed Sam Collier for a duck before Robin D'Souza was expertly run out by Alex Barrow as he tried to steal a quick single to the Somerset man. Stayt finished with very polished figures of 10-2-16-2.
Simon Marchant then prompted both Steve Bullen (15) and Tom Bowler (17) into chipping catches to Kelly at deep mid-wicket and at 73-6 Corsham were in real trouble. However Ashur Morrison (40) and captain Peter Turner (39no) steadied the ship and pushed their side to respectability at 166-9.
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That was to be that as, after just one over of the home side's reply, the heavens opened and the game was lost.
Bath collected nine points to Corsham's seven and lost further ground at the top of the table as leaders Bridgwater crushed Downend by 142 runs at The Parks.
Keynsham were knocked off the top of the Premier 2 table by Ashcott & Shapwick after their home game with Warminster was abandoned.
The visitors were inserted by stand-in skipper Dave Burston and Rich Pannell (3-25) and Tom Bryan (3-28) helped restrict them to 148 all out.
Keynsham's reply lasted only two balls, however, and Ashcott took advantage as a 74-run derby win over Glastonbury took them to the summit.
While Keynsham were left frustrated, Winsley were saved by the elements at Biddestone in the Glos/Wilts Division. The hosts made 243, with Dwaine Perry hitting 92 and captain James Mitchell 74.
Josh Lewis picked up 5-44 from his ten overs for the winless visitors, who were 30-2 when the rain arrived seven overs into their reply.
Marshfield remain top of the Wiltshire Division after their home game with Wootton Bassett was abandoned.
The hosts closed on 185-9 in their reduced 47-over innings but Bassett were unable to reply due to heavy rain.