DEVIZES blew the race for the WEPL Wiltshire title wide open on Saturday after inflicting a first defeat of the season on leaders Marshfield.

Marshfield had won all eight of the fixtures they had played before their trip to second-placed Devizes, but saw that run ended by a 61-run defeat and their advantage at the top trimmed to 14 points.

Batting first upon winning the toss, Joe Wookey set the tone for Devizes as he hit 104 of his side’s 226-8.

Marshfield never got going in reply, with their highest partnership on the day just 48 and no batsman passing 30, as they were dismissed for 165.

At the other end of the table, Potterne 2nd picked up just a second win of the season when triumphing by seven wickets away at Warminster.

Ethan Hutchins took 4-26 as Warminster were bowled out for 163.

A fine fourth-wicket partnership between Sean Montgomery (51no) and Jack Hurley (37no) then guided Potterne to their target, reaching 167-3 with more than seven overs to spare.

Hinton Charterhouse remain at the foot of the standings following a six-wicket defeat at Royal Wootton Bassett.

Charterhouse won the toss and chose to bat, but solid bowling from the home side saw them dismissed for 134.

Akash Sharma led the attack with fine figures of 5-39 as James Jacob (48) top scored for Charterhouse.

Bassett got off to a quick start in reply and opener Das Rafiq hit 60 before the middle order had no problem easing over the winning line, finishing on 136-4 with 25 overs still to play.

Calne eased to a seven-wicket win at home to Purton after dismissing their visitors for just 116.

Opener Phil Duffell top scored with 44 but he was one of only three Purton batsmen to reach double figures as Joseph Clare took four wickets.

The visitors then also struggled to make an impact with the ball and Navayugan Pararajah (46no) led Calne to a winning score of 117-3 inside 22 overs.

Finally, Westbury & District lost by five-wickets away at third-in-the-table Swindon.

After winning the toss, Westbury opted to bat and passed 50 before a wicket went down, however, they fell from a strong position at 124-2 to 202-9 as Dan Gill (55) top scored.

The Swindon reply got off to a shaky start as they fell to 18-2 but Adam Tucker (65) and Alex Kill (57) came to the fore and the score had reached 160 before both fell.

The lower order then finished off the run chase without much alarm as Swindon finished on 204-5 with more than three overs to spare.