SWINDON 2nd remain at the foot of the Division One table in the Wiltshire Cricket League following a four-wicket defeat at home to Beckington at the weekend.

That is despite Oliver Whitely’s century as he hit 120 in Swindon’s 232-5.

Beckington hit out in reply as Charles Kunje (92no) and Carl Harfield (58) helped them reach a winning 233-6 with more than four overs to spare.

Swindon have won just two of nine games they have played so far this summer.

At the other end of the table, Avebury climbed to the summit following a six-wicket success at home to Chippenham 2nd – their fourth win in a row.

In a tight top flight, Great Bedwyn had begun the day at the top of the standings, with both they and Avebury level on points.

However, there are now new leaders after Avebury claimed 24 points in victory over Chippenham, while Bedwyn could only earn 22 when defeating Nationwide House.

An excellent bowling display set up Avebury’s success as they dismissed Chippenham for 139.

The run chase was relatively straightforward after tea as the hosts needed less than 36 overs to reach a winning 141-4, with Andy Schofield top scoring on 45.

Bedwyn, meanwhile, did their damage with the bat as Nick Davies scored a century in the 36-run win over Nationwide.

Davies hit 116 in Bedwyn’s 287-4 and there were also valuable contributions from elsewhere, particularly Sam Tuttle (52no).

Tuttle was then to the fore with the ball, taking 4-51 as the House reply finished short of its target on 251 all out.

Nationwide batsmen Aniket Rai (70) and Sharad Kumar (66) gave Bedwyn a few scares before the win was finally confirmed.

Corsham 2nd are the nearest challengers to the top two following a 31-run win at Malmesbury.

Luke Curtis (60), Ed Vickery (52) and Martin Roberts (48no) led Corsham to a total of 215-8 before the Malmesbury reply was restricted to 184 all out.

Finally, Narin Nandivada’s five-wicket haul set up Marlborough for a thumping nine-wicket win at Winsley.

Nandivada took 5-35 as Winsley posted 200-9 before Nick Crabbe (104) and Ben Head (74no) made short work of the run chase, guiding Marlborough to a winning 204-1 in the 36th over of the reply.

Division Two

SWINDON NALGO moved within 10 points of leaders Goatacre 2nd following a nerve-shredding two-run victory at home to Burbage & Easton Royal 2nd.

Wahab Khalid hit 107 as NALGO posted 249-9 and Oliver Lavis (68) and Garreth Robb (61) looked on course to help Burbage chase that down, only for the 45 overs to elapse with the visitors just short on 247-9.

Daniel Hunt took 5-47 as Swindon United Churches eased to a seven-wicket success at home to Warminster 2nd.

Hunt helped limit Warminster to 160-8 before James Mann (70) led a successful Churches run chase, reaching 161-3 in the 31st over.

Division Three

TONY Burrows’ century was in vain for Bradford on Avon as they fell to a 15-run defeat at Keevil.

Chris Vick (59no) and William Carson (47) led Keevil to 279-9, but that looked unlikely to be enough in the face of fine batting from Burrows (104) and Matt Harrington (54).

However, Bradford could not keep it going and were still on 264-9 at the end of their 45 overs.

Lacock were no match for Swindon 3rd as the hosts earned a 23-run success, thanks to S Chauhan’s ton.

Chauhan hit 106 in Swindon’s 267-8 and Lacock were dismissed for 244 in reply, despite the best efforts of Chay Forester (70).

Division Four

LEADERS Devizes 2nd proved just too strong for Wroughton Wranglers as the visitors claimed a nervy two-wicket win.

A Kimber took four wickets for Devizes as Wroughton were dismissed for 137, and although they struggled in reply, the leaders reached a winning 138-8 with an over to spare.

It was a tough day at the office for Melksham as they were crushed by seven wickets at home by Royal Wootton Bassett 2nd.

Melksham were skittled for just 83 and Bassett needed less than 30 overs to chase that down, reaching a winning 87-3.

Division Six

BELOW-PAR batting cost Blunsdon as they were beaten by six wickets at Burbage & Easton Royal 3rd.

Blunsdon were bowled out for just 112 and Burbage raced to their victory target, reaching 114-4 in the 20th over of their reply.