Af­ter­noon off enough to seal top spot as the rain comes down

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

» HATHER­LEY & Red­dings’ trip to Fro­ces­ter was washed out but the six points were enough to seal thewest of Eng­land Pre­mier League Glouces­ter­shire Di­vi­sion ti­tle and pro­mo­tion.

With three rounds of games to go, Owen Price’s side are 74 points clear of near­est ri­vals Corse & Staunton and head­ing back to tier two af­ter be­ing rel­e­gated in 2017.

Wet weather wreaked havoc on matches across the re­gion and only one re­sult was pos­si­ble in this di­vi­sion with Rock­hamp­ton edg­ing Cirences­ter in a re­duced-overs con­test.

There were four fin­ishes in Pre­mier One, in­clud­ing a six-wicket home re­verse for new­com­ers Chel­tenham against Taun­ton St An­drews.

Saints, in the process, moved off the foot of the table to be re­placed by Bris­tol who suc­cumbed by six-wick­ets at ti­tle favourites Pot­terne, and Bed­min­ster re­main third de­spite a 46-run de­feat at Bridg­wa­ter.

Thorn­bury, mean­while, strength­ened their bid for a long-awaited re­turn to Pre­mier One with a four-wicket tri­umph away to Bid­de­stone in Pre­mier Two Glos/wilts.

Luke Davis’ side were only two points ahead of near­est ri­vals Chip­pen­ham in the bat­tle for the one pro­mo­tion place but surged 14 clear thanks to their fifth win in a row.

Chip­pen­ham, mean­while, were 136 for eight at home to Fro­ces­ter when play had to be aban­doned.

But this race ap­pears set to go right down to the fi­nal Satur­day, when Thorn­bury – who were rel­e­gated from Pre­mier One in 2011 – host Chip­pen­ham.

Dan Hol­land shone in Dum­ble­ton’s 77-run home suc­cess over Trow­bridge, top scor­ing on 99 and bag­ging three for 22 off eight overs.

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