NATIONWIDE House picked up a second victory of the summer in Division One with a thumping eight-wicket win at home to Urchfont, which saw them bowl their visitors out for a meagre total of 25.
There were five wickets each for Felix Chamberlain and Mark Morris as the Urchfont innings lasted less than 14 overs, and Nationwide needed just 57 balls to reach their target.
Elsewhere, Swindon 2nd made it back-to-back victories at the start of the season with a four-wicket success away at Box.
Asked to bowl first, Josh Weaver and Sam Husband hit decent areas but were unable to make inroads until Weaver eventually made a breakthrough at the end of his opening spell.
Scott McNeil (3-17) and Connor O’Shea then produced a good partnership, conceding just 38 runs in 18 overs, while taking four wickets in the process.
This left Wahab Khailid and Dan Harris to finish the innings on 164, with the latter taking 2-10 runs from just 2.2 overs.
Swindon’s run chase got off to a flying start, with Danny Baker and Sean Parker getting the score past 50 before the fall of the first wicket.
John Baden followed up with his second 50 of the season and Liam Tucker got Swindon within nine runs of the Box total.
However, excellent bowling from David Sanchez, which saw him take a hat-trick in his 4-40, saw Swindon lose quick wickets but skipper Dan Harris was able to get his side over the line, finishing on 166-6.
Division Two A FABULOUS total of 314-9 was not quite enough for Beehive as they went down by two wickets away at Potterne 2nd.
Beehive won the toss and elected to bat, making a quick start before Neil Harber was given out, caught behind for a duck.
Clive Warren was able to race to 55 before mistiming a shot to mid-on to leave Beehive at 85-2.
Nick Whiting added 13, Grant Savides made a quick-fire 43 from 26 balls and Jayke Hudd secured his maiden league half-century however, he failed to capitalise and fell for exactly 50.
Hudd put on a partnership of 79 with Gary Collins (72), who pushed Beehive past 300 for a second week in a row, with James Taylor finishing 31 not out.
After tea, Beehive took the field looking for early wickets and Collins (2-61) transferred his good form with the bat to the ball as he picked up two wickets in his first three overs. Pete Andrews also removed a Potterne batsman as the hosts found themselves at 38-3 from six overs.
The match swung back in favour of the home team, though, as Sam Gaiger (57) put the pressure on the Beehive attack before Savides made a breakthrough.
However, Beehive’s hopes were almost single-handedly extinguished by Mark Colyer, who scored a fantastic 111 not out to see Potterne over the line with eight balls to spare, with the major turning point coming when he survived a run out call while only on five after great work in the field by Dan Thomas.
Division Three SWINDON United Churches held their nerve to beat Keevil by 20 runs at Sevenhampton to make it three straight wins at the start of the season to leave them top of the table.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Churches got off to a nightmare start to their innings as Josh Hamblin (3-33) removed Jimmy Mann (0), Matt Runkel (1) and Chris Gilchrist (0) in a frenetic opening period.
This brought together Danny Hunt (71) and debutant Daniel Batchelor (91) to start the rescue act, with the duo sharing a partnership of 163 in 35 overs.
Batchelor and Hunt started slowly, with the score at 70-3 after 22 overs, but swiftly accelerated. With help from Mark Defty (25no) and Martin Garstang (13no), Churches busily added 153 in the final 23 overs to finish on 223-5.
Mirroring the start to the first innings, Keevil found themselves 28-4 inside six overs of their reply as Rich Martin (5-43) did most of the damage. Skipper Martin was supported well by Chris Spackman (3-39) as Churches found themselves on top early on.
A solid partnership of 98 between Paul Jones (41) and Andy Hallett (59) then frustrated Churches and brought the visitors back into the game.
Despite handy supporting innings from Hamblin (27), Churches had the knack of picking up wickets at regular intervals and the return of Martin and Spackman sealed the win as the Keevil tail could not keep up with the run-rate and they eventually finished on 203-9.
There was a maiden league century for Goatacre 2nd stalwart Stephen Baker as they crushed Collingbourne by 227 runs to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
Baker scored 111 of the Goats’ total of 302-3, with Jon Haines helping out with an unbeaten 86 as the pair put on 171 for the second wicket after 36 from opener Andrew Donegan.
In reply, Collingbourne were dismissed for just 75, with all 10 wickets being clean bowled. Chris Watchman led the way with 5-32, while Rahn Heer took 4-13.
Division Five BOWLER Ed Skippings took 5-28 as Melksham claimed a four-wicket win at home to Royal Wootton Bassett 3rd, their first victory since 2015.
Melksham captain Rich Hemmings won the toss and opted to bowl and was soon rewarded with the breakthrough coming from Russ Collins. The Bassett batsmen recovered, though, with Mark Vincent (53) keeping the scoreboard ticking.
The hosts then gained control following the introduction of Skippings into the attack, who took full advantage of some loose strokeplay to take a five-wicket haul and dent Bassett’s hopes of putting up a big score.
Melksham’s fine effort in the field was capped off by Dan Carpenter taking the last 3 wickets for just seven runs as Bassett were restricted to 142.
Melksham’s reply was dominated by Joe Veacock, smashing an unbeaten 74 from just 59 balls, and with the rest of the batting line-up supporting him well as the home side chased down the target with almost 10 overs to spare.
Goatacre 3rd were again short of runs as they were beaten by six wickets at home to Blunsdon.
The home side were bowled out for 137, with Barry Garland top scoring on 23 not out, while Dean Tomlin took 4-27.
Blunsdon reached that total inside 28 overs of their reply thanks to 88 from Arul Ramasay Luke Stoneham’s 3-16 for the Goats.
Division Six JACOB Stoner hit an unbeaten 75 as Devizes 2nd thumped their Winsley counterparts by 10 wickets.
Devizes fielded first and excellent bowling from Jacob Rogers (3-21), Joe Hutchinson (2-7) and George Dunford (2-37) saw Winsley fall to 124 all out.
Openers Stoner and Gary Rogers (36no) were the only Devizes batsmen needed in reply as they chased their target in 17.1 overs.
Division Seven BEEHIVE 2nd suffered a first defeat of the season as they went down by six wickets against Warminster 3rd.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, things did not go to plan for Beehive as openers Chris Warren (4) and Ivan Mahany (0) both fell inside two overs.
Mike Reeves (16) and James Hall (11) were next to go as Beehive slipped to 43-4 from 20 overs before Graham Fone (11) and Phil Stockley (0) were both removed as well.
A 95-run partnership between Ady Day (66no) and Nigel Reeves (57) helped Beehive recover and they finished on 185-9 from their 45 overs.
After tea, Beehive took the field looking for quick wickets but Warminster amassed 47 runs before the first wicket fell to James Dennison (2-30).
That was as good as it got for Beehive, though, as Andy Crabtree’s 55 not out, 43 from Callum Widdows and captain Matt Greatley (32) saw Warminster knock off their target with eight overs to spare, finishing on 186-4.
Division Nine GOATACRE 4th made it two wins out of two with a comfortable 108-run victory at their Biddestone counterparts.
Batting first, the Goats made 285 batting, with Andy Sandell leading the way with 110, supported by Alan Griffin (46), Gareth Powell (43) and 12-year-old George Lewis (27) as Seb Evans took 4-49 with the ball.
Biddestone were then restricted to 177-8 in reply, with Lewis’ twin Thomas taking 2-13, while there was more excellent bowling from another U13 player in the side as Thomas Andrews took 1-14. Mark Merriman top scored with 55.