CHELTENHAM Civil Service edged nearest rivals Cirencester by four wickets with one ball to spare to continue marching towards the Gloucestershire County League Division One title.
Openers Ben Moody (61) and Ross Jeffels (42) shared a stand of 89 for Ciren who totalled 222-6, George Leadbetter finishing with 3-36 from nine.
Leadbetter then put on 102 for the first Civil Service wicket with Adie Mayes (32) before eventually perishing for 87 as his side lost momentum.
But skipper Craig Baker (20 not) and Ben Gaskin (13 not) held their nerve as tension mounted to complete the win.
Matt Emmett’s 84 not out saw Kingsholm to a three-wicket home triumph over Charlton Kings after James Burrows (5-15 from eight) and John Veits (4-34) had earlier shone with the ball.
Reece Bowkett top scored on 70 in Cinderford St John’s 79-run home defeat of Oldlands, Sam Baker capturing 4-30. And Sam Aston hit 80 and Ollie Norman captured 4-30 from nine for Redmarley, who trumped Poulton by 44 runs.
Division Two pacesetters Woodpeckers overcame Shurdington by four wickets, while Adam Jones (114, 14 fours, five sixes) and Nigel Gabb (66) powered Newent to a ten-wicket defeat of Hatherley & Reddings who were restricted to 194-9.
In Division Three, bottom side Haresfied were bowled out for 99 by leaders Tetbury who eased in by nine wickets while second-placed Cranham stayed in contention with a 64-run win at Dymock, opener Ben Pockett hammering 140 and following up with a haul of 3-26 from nine.
Derek Townsend hit 113 and opener Lee Clark 93 for Fairford who piled up 314-5 from their 45 overs ahead of securing a 67-run victory at Hawkesbury Upton, while Marcus Ashmead’s 59 was a highlight of Kings Stanley’s 144-run home thumping of Churchdown.
Oraine Darlington’s burst of 5-18 from nine put Division Four leaders Ullenwood Bharat on course for a 136-run home win against bottom side Ruardean Hill.
Skipper Jim Woodcock top scored on 47 for Cirencester, 51-run home victors against Cheltenham, and Iain Collins finished unbeaten on 124 for Sheepscombe who overcame Great Rissington by 77 runs.
Division Five leaders Langford won by five wickets at St Phillips North, Tom Stevens top scoring on 74, while three wickets apiece for Matt Ruichings and John Turton helped dismiss Wickwar for just 76 and set up a six-wicket success for Minchinhampton.
Dan Newman (4-27) and Tom Godsell (3-29) bowled Charfield to a 151-run triumph at Cam after Paul Belton (69 not), Godsell (66) and opener Dave Tweed (54) had earlier been in the runs.
Tom Foulds was 99 not out when Down Hatherley closed out a six-wicket win at Charlton Kings while Dan Heath (3-19) and Jerry Gregg (3-32) set up Upton St Leonards’ five-wicket success at Gladiators.