FATHER and son Mark and Lewis Simmons played starring roles as Lacock went top of the Division Six standings with a nine-wicket triumph over Collingbourne 2nd on Saturday.
The family combination of Mark (75*) and Lewis (18*) put on an unbeaten 96-run partnership, Collingbourne also dropping four catches, as Lacock overhauled 112 all out in 28.4 overs.
Lacock had been given the platform by the slow accurate bowling of 63 year old Anthony Edwards, who took 5-18 in ten overs to help dismiss Collingbourne.
An astonishing collapse by previous leaders Heytesbury & Sutton Veny 2nd paved the way for second-placed Burbage & Easton Royal’s two-wicket triumph.
Heytesbury were cruising at 172-2, but then crumbled to 173 all out. Aiden Davidson scored 72, Andy Frost 40 and Rob Robson 36, but 6-2 in just 2.3 overs from Jon Street pegged them back.
Russ Buck scored 55 as Burbage got home with eight wickets down.
Unbeaten knocks of 63 from David Kelly and 42 from Tony Trotman set up Box 2nd’s nine-wicket win over Marshfield as they reached 149-1 in reply to 145 all out.
Trotman had earlier taken 5-7 in 5.1 overs, Richard Guy hitting 76 for Marshfield.
Cameron Garbutt hit 79 not out and Andy Genever 37 as Potterne 4th (135-1 overhauled Winsley 3rd’s 131, in which Craig Fisher had taken 3-44.
DESPITE overseeing an eight-wicket victory in his side’s weekend outing, Wootton Bassett captain Darren Beasant was not a happy man at the close of play.
Beasant was left frustrated by a fielding performance including a handful of dropped catches.
Having allowed Beanacre & Melksham to reach 205-6 from their 45 overs, as Mark Wiltshire hit an unbeaten 94, the hosts eased to victory with eight wickets still intact thanks to Sam Lawro’s stylish century and heavy hitting up front by Jack Dymoke.
“We were probably pleased and frustrated in equal measure. We weren’t at our best in the field and we haven’t given away 200-plus runs all year. I think we probably dropped four or five runs and gave away 30-odd runs in the field,” Beasant said.
“While we were extremely pleased with a win and 23 points, we’re probably a bit frustrated. We batted terrifically and we probably should have done it for nought or one.
Elsewhere, Hinton Charterhouse reached 111-1 after 26 overs before Collingbourne hit back with wickets for Billy Brett and Iain Kiy.
A further 96 runs from 11 overs helped Hinton to 250-5 and Collingbourne set about getting maximum batting points from teh match.
Opener Will Atkinson batted for 24 overs for 21 runs to be the linchpin of the innings.
Owen Sheppard (80 not out) and skipper Kiy (60 not out) helped Collingbourne achieve their points target as they close on 201-3.
Bradford on Avon slipped nearer the drop zone as they lost by six wickets to Swindon Cilvil Service.
Bradford posted 159-9 with Ian Pinchen scoring 55, Andy Mildenhall taking 3-33 and Ben Batchelor 5-37.
Jamie Baden hit 47 and Dave Batchelor 36 in the winning reply, which reached 162-4.
James Gillespie’s unbeaten 80 and 52 from George Royle helped Malmesbury (167-1) stay top of the table with a nine-wicket success over Urchfont (166).
Box were comfortable winners over Swindon NALGO, posting 243-4, captain Richard Foley scoring an unbeaten 93 and Johnny Page 92.
Prashant Joshi took 3-52 for Nalgo, whose reply ended at 150, Pegler and Foley taking three wickets each.
KEEVIL were unable to stop leaders Beckington, despite dismissing them for 185 as Simon Emmett took 4-38. The reply ended at 128.
Matthew Baker smashed an unbeaten 148 in Swindon A’s 257-7 against All Cannings, who were dismissed for 99 in reply.
Arthur Dodson’s 81 could not prevent Spye Park from losing out to Bear Flat, as they ended on 169 chasing 233-5.
Lacock maintained the pressure on the leaders with a 24-run win over Swindon United Churches.
Jon Helps scored 39 and Matthew Cooper 38 in Lacock’s 179-9, Rich Martin taking 3-45 and Chris Spackman 2-42.
Jimmy Mann hit 58 in 82 balls for Churches, but 3-48 from Dan King and Steve Copland’s 3-12 saw them come up short.
WITH leaders Wootton Bassett 2nd inactive, basement boys Wanborough picked up a welcome two-wicket victory over Corsham 3rd, who were all out for 115.
There were three wickets for Andy Thompson and Robbie Hills then hit 35 in the reply which reached the target despite three wickets each for Kapelan Kulendranathan and Sam Thomson.
John Bramwell took 4-39 to restrict Beanacre & Melksham 2nd to 108 all out against Potterne 3rd, who got home for the loss of one wicket, George Elliot scoring an unbeaten 46.
An 80-run partnership between Angelo Morretti (49*) and Michael Hunt (31*) saw Seagry to a five-wicket win over Heytesbury & Sutton Veny, who had earlier scored 189-5, with Tom Ballinger unbeaten on 86.
Chris Warren’s 96 and an unbeaten 95 from skipper Mike Spong helped Beehive (Southwick) to 292-3 against Biddestone 3rd, who reached 162-7 in reply.
OPENERS Mark Toseland and Michael Brind smashed 128 not out and 50 not out respectively as nine-man Malmesbury 2nd overhauled Swindon B’s 206-8, which had included 73 from Joe Thomson, to clinch their first victory of the season.
Thirteen year old Charley Reed scored 56 alongside an unbeaten 80 from Simon Burt as Corsham 4th (177-3) wrapped up a seven-wicket triumph over Bathford (176).
Ramsbury (144-8) remain top after a two-wicket win over Wilcot (142) and Blunsdon stayed in touch with a 96-run success over Buscot Park.
Jag Chahal scored 89 not out and Mark Vincent 41 as Wootton Bassett 3rd overhauled Lambourn (176) to win by six wickets.
GOATACRE 3rd recorded their seventh win in a row, restricting Hinton Charterhouse 2nd to 178, Andy Lewis taking five wickets.
Unbeaten half centuries from Amitabh Chakraborty and Ben Miller saw Goatacre home by nine wickets in 28 overs.
Chris Ladd’s 41 not out guided White Horse to an easy win over Cherhill, who were dismissed for just 73 with Tom Lentschner having taken 4-22.
ADAM Curtin took 5-65 to help Devizes 3rd dismiss Bathford 2nd for 178 in a three-wicket win.
Leaders Marlborough 3rd overhauled Highworth’s 98 all out, Tim Law with 3-19 and Rory Law 2-17 excelling among the bowlers.
Unbeaten 24s from Andy Rawlings and Vannie Williams helped Marlborough get home for the loss of six wickets.
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