DOWNEND are now third in Premier One of the West of England Premier League thanks to a 192-run home defeat of Corsham which featured a blistering unbeaten 85 by Callum Loud off only 50 balls (14 fours, 2 sixes).
There were also half centuries from Mike Bracewell and Curtis Blakemore as Downend powered their way to 312-6 before Corsham folded to 120 all out against Phil Jackson (4-14) and Phil Allen (4-30).
Frocester remain by a point after a six-wicket reverse at Bristol. Opener Uzi Qureshi was unbeaten on 100 for the visitors who then came off second best thanks to former Gloucestershire wicketkeeper Steve Snell’s 129 not out off 138 balls (15 fours).
In Premier Two, captain Richard Trotman smashed 7 fours and 11 sixes in his 118 for Thornbury, who won by 32 runs at Goatacre.
Glos & Wilts leaders Lechlade, meanwhile, prepared for Saturday’s big home clash with promotion rivals Rockhampton with a six-wicket home defeat of Westbury & District.
Rockhampton also marched on with a 17-run home defeat of Gloucester City Winget thanks to Matt Tyler (42) and Dave McCabe (3-32) while skipper Bryan Jater’s 74 and 63 from Jamie Rendell helped bottom side Chipping Sodbury to a much-needed three-wicket home win against Chippenham.
Innings of the day in Bristol & North Somerset came from Stapleton’s Ollie Sharp whose unbeaten 129 against Bristol YMCA included 11 fours and 11 sixes.
That knock helped his side pile up 354-5 before YMCA struggled to 105 all out, Sharp bagging three catches behind the stumps.
Jack Baber set up Bristol West Indians & Phoenix’s 174-run win at Timsbury with an unbeaten 103 while Tom Armfield’s 96 was in vain for Twyford House who suffered a four-wicket reverse at Congresbury.
Still second are Winterbourne thanks to a three-run win at Shirehampton which owed much to half centuries from Chris Kislingbury and opener James Bracey plus George Ford’s return of 4-46.
In Bristol & Somerset, Knowle were 86-run home victors against Wembdon with Joe Price (71) and Steve Milton (39) in form.
Bedminster are now only seven points behind second-placed Brislington thanks to a three-wicket win over their rivals who were dismissed for just 95 by James Carter (3-11), Tom Pugsley (2-10), Ian Harvey (2-11) and Sam Knapp (2-28).
Bishopston were beaten by eight wickets at home to Taunton while Chew Magna remain at the bottom of the table after a five-wicket home setback against Frenchay.
Gary Filer hit 40 in Chew’s total of 170 before opener Chris Bury (76) put Frenchay on their way.
Ben Tegg’s 81 helped Stroud reach 165 all out at home to Dumbleton who eased in by six wickets to remain top of the Gloucester division.
Tom Rock blasted 134 while Jamie Batten hit 55 and followed up with a return of 3-24 as second placed Apperley piled up 265-7 at bottom side Bourton Vale before sealing a 143-run win.
Azhar Fadra (4-41 from ten) bowled Gloucester AIW to an 83-run triumph at Lydney while opener James Cook (108) and skipper Mike King (7-35 from ten) fought it out for the man-of-the-match accolade as Painswick were comfortable 75-run victors at Corse & Staunton.
Captain Andre Soma’s unbeaten 59 guided Hatherley & Reddings to a six-wicket win at Woodmancote who were dismissed for 137.