FROCESTER moved off the bottom of WEPL Premier One and boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop thanks to a battling eight-wicket win at Taunton St Andrews.

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Saints were bowled out for 199, Andy Solomons finishing with 3-44, Chad Trainor 2-30 and Alex Russell 2-40.

Openers Louis (57) and Callum Gegg (54) then put Frocester on track with the bat before Solomons wrapped up the points with an unbeaten 41 from only 18 balls.

Downend slipped from second to fourth following a seven-wicket reverse way to Potterne, but Bristol are up to third after a 50-run win at Goatacre who are now last.

Hero for the visitors was Gloucestershire all-rounder Kieran Noema-Barnett who made up for being dismissed for a duck by taking 6-38 from 9.5 overs.

Bristol were earlier bowled out for 194, a total which owed much to skipper Will Rudge’s late 59 off only 35 balls (nine fours) as he helped his side rally from 107-7.

Scotland A’s Adrian Neill finished with season-best figures of 5-31 for Bedminster to help ensure a six-wicket home success over Bridgwater.

The visitors were dismissed for 183 before skipper Rob Cunliffe (49) and Sai Kamuni (45) completed a crucial win for the Bristol side.

Keynsham moved up from ninth to sixth in Premier Two Bristol/Somerset thanks to a 72-run home victory against Weston-super-Mare while Bishopston are now bringing up the rear in this nine-team division following an 84-run setback at Ilminster.

Cheltenham, the Premier Two Glos/Wilts leaders, powered past Rockhampton by nine wickets at the Victoria Ground.

Josh Breed (3-30) and Luke Sellers (3-31) bowled out the Rams for 164 before Kieran Smith (76 not) and Breed (68 not) ensured few problems for the home side.

Second-placed Thornbury overcame Trowbridge by five wickets and Dumbleton also remain well in the frame for promotion with a four-wicket home success over Biddestone, Kyle Hodnett claiming 5-23 from ten before skipper Ben Tegg (63) and Wade Ridsdale (49) shone with the bat.

Sam Bracey continued his fantastic run of form for Bristol & North Somerset leaders Winterbourne with a third league century of the summer, eventually being dismissed for 154 off only 113 balls (12 fours, six sixes) in a 134-run home success over Claverham.

Second-placed Knowle breezed past Brislington by five wickets, Sam Britton (4-21 from ten) and Oli Haynes (51 not) shining, but Bath 2nds lost ground on the top two with a four-run home setback against Stapleton for whom Ghulam Shabbir hit 52 while Twyford House were three-wicket victors away to Bristol 2nds.

Angus Gegg finished with 4-28 for Frocester 2nds who overcame Kingsholm by six wickets to remain top of the Gloucestershire Division.

Stroud were bowled out for only 59 as Tom Allcoat (5-27) and Matt Cox (4-24, both from ten) struck ahead of Tewkesbury wrapping up a comfortable seven-wicket win.

And this result enabled Gloucester City Winget to move up a place to second, Ankit Patel taking 3-28 and hitting an unbeaten 61 in a seven-wicket home victory over Bourton Vale.

Opener Adrian Mayes was unbeaten on 50 for Cheltenham Civil Service who trumped Cirencester by eight wickets, while Mike Kelly and Amith James captured three wickets apiece for Cheltenham 2nds who trumped Hatherley & Reddings by three wickets.

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