Terrific Tom turns up heat on leaders
WEST OF ENGLAND LEAGUE Bath moved to within striking distance of Saturday's visitors Bridgwater at the top of the Globe Sports West of England Premier 1 table after brushing aside Ilminster by seven wickets at North Parade.
Ilminster captain Sam Spurway won the toss and elected to bat on a good-looking pitch but Lloyd Davies (3-34) bowled an excellent opening spell and soon captured the early wicket of Louis Kraucamp for seven.
Tom Stayt came on and took three quick wickets to put Ilminster in real trouble at 52-4 before going on to record superb figures of 7-1-11-4.
Spurway (40) led a brief fight back but when he fell lbw to the ever-reliable Jon Green (2-24) there was no way back as the top-flight new boys were hustled out for just 142.
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In reply, Bath openers Alex Barrow (19) and Ben Staunton (23) got off to a solid start with a stand of 48 before Lloyd Davies finished the job with a powerful 52 not out.
Corsham were able to do their local rivals a favour by beating leaders Bridgwater in a rain-affected game at The Parks, meaning the gap at the top of the table now stands at just seven points.
Batting first in a game reduced to 45 overs per side, Corsham made a poor start when they lost Toby Davies with the score on 13 but Robin D'Souza (74) and Tom Hankins (72) combined to add 131 in quick time before they both fell with the score on 156. Useful contributions from Alex Senneck (19) and Tom Shaw (16no) saw Corsham to 244-8.
Bridgwater's reply started well and they looked well set at 80-1 in the 16th over when the rain came. The target was reduced to 207 from 38 overs and, after Hallaran (64) departed in the first over after the break, the hosts lost their momentum.
D'Souza (3-28) completed a man-of-the-match performance as Bridgwater fell just four runs short of their target.
Keynsham lost ground in the Premier 2 title race following a six-wicket defeat at Weston-super-Mare.
Visiting skipper Gary Worgan chose to bat first but his side could only muster 132, with Richard Pannell top-scoring with 36.
That total proved inadequate as a patient Weston knocked off the runs in 41 overs, despite Sam Wheller bagging 2-26.
Winsley suffered their third abandonment in as many weeks at Swindon as their wait for a first Glos/Wilts Division victory of the season continues.
Swindon posted 220-9 as Simon Orchard took 3-28 and the visitors were 91-5 in reply when the rain arrived. The weather's intervention means Winsley have not completed a 1st XI fixture since May 26.
Marshfield remain at the Wiltshire Division summit after the rain spared them a first defeat of the campaign at home to Burbage & ER.
The hosts were bowled out for 143 and Burbage looked well set at 115-4 in the 24th over of their reply when the game was abandoned.