CRICKET: Winning start for Corsham as promoted Potterne stun Goatacre on opening day (From This Is Wiltshire)
CRICKET: Winning start for Corsham as promoted Potterne stun Goatacre on opening day
CORSHAM began Wadworth 6X West of England League Premier One campaign with a 60-run triumph over Taunton St Andrews at Station Road on Saturday.
Put into bat, Pete Dennett's men were all out for 251 as returning Wiltshire captain Mike Coles hit 55 and wicketkeeper Steve Bullen 47. Luke Poole took 4-44 for Taunton.
Replaying, the visitors were all out for 191 in 44 overs, as Jon Parker took 5-25 in just seven overs for the hosts. James Regan scored 78 for the beaten side.
Potterne's opening match at Premier Two level resulted in a superb victory over Wiltshire rivals Goatacre by 136 runs.
Goatacre won the toss and put their hosts into bat, Potterne being 202 all out from 50 overs.
Wicketkeeper James Hendrickson led the way with the bat, scoring 46 and Jack Bramwell adding 30, but the home side were also helped by 40 extras from the Goatacre field, including 29 wides.
Matt Coles took 4-33 for Goatacre, but their own innings was a disaster as they were all out for 66.
Despite the presence of Hampshire's Liam Dawson, who top scored with an unbeaten 26, Goatacre were destoyed by Ben Mason, who took 5-32 and Josh De Souza, who claimed 3-3 from just three overs.
Biddestone are also off to a winning start in the Glos/Wilts Division after they claimed the scalp of promoted Wiltshire Division champions Swindon by six wickets.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl, skittling Swindon out for 114, Dwaine Perry claimed four wickets for the loss of no runs in just 6.5 overs.
Josh Boulton added 3-46 and Biddestone knocked off the runs in 31 overs for the loss of four wickets.
Niel Bredenkamp was unbeaten on 46, skipper Jamie Mitchell adding 24.
A hat-trick from George Read couldn't prevent Chippenham from slipping to a first-day defeat against Rockhampton.
Read dismissed Christopher Perry, Jack Spence and Sam Phelps in succession as Chippenham, who had elected to bowl, dismissed Rockhampton for just 109 inside 44 overs.
Skipper Lee Ward took 3-20, but the home side fared even worse in their innings, as they subsided for just 66.
Denson Narayan, with an unbeaten 33, was the only one to carry the fight as the home side were out in under 24 overs, William Cartlidge taking 4-22 and James Hancox 3-7.
Last season's Wiltshire Division challengers Burbage & Easton Royal got off to a winning start this timne around as they defeated Calne by 40 runs.
Put into bat, Burbage were all out for 189 inside 45 overs, Daniel Wootton leading the charge with and unbeaten 86 and David Cope adding 68.
There were three wickets each for Calne's Tom Crosby (3-40) and Sean Adams (3-52).
Replying, Calne were dismissed for 149 inside 47 overs, despite 43 from George Sykes.
Tom Wallbridge (3-24), Nicholas Cook (3-29) and Adam Lavis (3-28) did the damage for Burbage.
Great Bedwyn had the better of their derby clash with Marlborough, despite being dismissed for just 139 after being put into bat.
Robert Palmer, with 55, top scored for Bedwyn as there were two wickets each for George Fox, Mark Wingfield-Digby and Fraser Gordon.
Marlborough though, failed to make it to three figures as they were dismissed for 92, despite 23 from Ben Head.
Sean Palmer (3-9) and Max Andrews (3-18) did the bulk of the damage to wrap up victory in under 36 overs.
Marshfield saw off Winsley by five wickets, Winsley making 175-8 from their 50 overs.
Marshfield reached 177-5, Dave Jenkins scoring 79.
Devizes opened their Wiltshire Division account by claiming a four-wicket success at Swindon's Nationwide House.
Having put their hosts in to bat, Devizes dismissed them for 114, John Dunford taking 5-40 and Tom Grant 2-12.
Devizes knocked off the runs for the loss of six wickets inside 36 overs, skipper Joe Wookey leading the charge with an unbeaten 57, with 20s from James Langan and Tim Saye.
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