Swords swoop to go level at the summit
WEST OF ENGLAND LEAGUE Bath moved joint top of the Globe Sports West of England Premier 1 table after a hard-fought victory over local rivals Corsham at Station Road.
Skipper Robin Lett won the toss and decided to put the hosts in on a greenish-looking wicket.
The Bath attack, missing Adam Kelly through injury, struggled initially with length and Robin De Souza (25) profited with some early boundaries before he fell to the returning Jon Green.
Though Bath have blown away their opposition with the ball in recent weeks, it was never going to be a day where the bat was dominated and Corsham built a good score of 248-9 around Toby Davies, who was typically obdurate on his way to 57.
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Davies was well supported first by Ashur Morrison (25) and later by Tom Shaw, who smashed a quick-fire 36 to give the innings a late boost. Former Corsham man Sam Mount was the pick of the Bath bowlers with 2-15.
In reply, Bath lost the early wicket of Will Jenkins (10) to Tom Hankins at 27-1 but that merely paved the way for Alex Barrow (76) and Lloyd Davies (89) to put together a partnership of real quality as the pair took the score to 154 before the former departed.
From that point on, Bath were always in control and Harry Rouse underlined his credentials as a Premier League number four with a classy 48 not out to see his side home by six wickets.
Ben Ward's majestic 136 – scored at more than a run a ball – helped Keynsham keep their Premier 2 promotion prospects intact.
Third-placed Keynsham won by 96 runs at Warminster, who are fourth, to maintain the pressure on Goatacre and Ashcott & Shapwick as the season enters its final phase.
Ward and stand-in skipper Richard Pannell (72) put on 158 for the fifth wicket as the visitors piled up 303-7 after electing to bat first.
Gloucestershire's Richard Coughtrie, who had earlier hit a swift 43, then showcased his bowling skills with a return of 3-44 as Keynsham eased to win number seven for the summer.
Winsley's baptism of fire at Glos/Wilts Division level continued as they went down by 78 runs at home to Biddestone.
The second-placed visitors racked up 297-8 after winning the toss and the total proved beyond Winsley, who have now lost all seven of their completed league matches.
Marshfield held on for a one-run win over hosts Wootton Bassett in the Wiltshire Division.
Russell Lodge's unbeaten 82 took Marshfield to 213-7 off their 50 overs and it proved just enough as Bassett closed on 212-8.