CRICKET: Champions’ challenge sent off course by improving Corsham

This Is Wiltshire: Trowbridge’s Nick Green is caught and bowled by Nationwide House’s Russell Artley during Saturday’s Wiltshire Division clash at the County Ground  Photos: Glenn Phillips (49508-12-15) Trowbridge’s Nick Green is caught and bowled by Nationwide House’s Russell Artley during Saturday’s Wiltshire Division clash at the County Ground Photos: Glenn Phillips (49508-12-15)

CORSHAM skipper Peter Dennett believes his side gave an overdue glimpse of their true potential as they stunned reigning Wadworth 6X West of England Premier League champions Bath by 42 runs.

Paul Robbins added an important 45 with the bat from number six before taking two Bath wickets to deliver the shock result.

Dennett said: “It was very pleasing and much needed.

“We haven’t been showing a great deal of form so far this season. In fact there has been a lot of bad form.

“Our batting wasn’t great again. We were about 50 or so short of what we were after so we knew we had to bowl and field well.

“We bowled to plan and with discipline and we also set some good fields.

“It shows what we can do when we stick to what we’re doing.’’ Electing to bat, Dennett's men lost early wickets and were 61-4 at one stage until a fifth-wicket partnership of 64 between Sam Collier (27) and Paul Robbins (45) steadied the ship.

Dennett chipped in with 31, as had opener Toby Davies earlier, as Corsham made it to 188-9 from their 50 overs.

Sam Mount took 3-35 for the home side, and Adam Kelly and Simon Marchant added a couple of victims each.

Bath’s reply started solidly with openers Alex Barrow (18) and Robin Lett (12), but James Amey (2-21), in only his third first team game, dismissed both those dangermen and Ashur Morrison (2-36) and Robbins (2-15) also made inroads.

Bath number three Tom Rouse made 49, but only one other batsman reached double figures as they were dismissed for 146, Jon Parker wrapping up the tail with 3-11 in seven overs.

Dennett added: “We’ve got (new leaders) Frocester at home on Saturday so it’s probably out of the frying pan and into the fire a bit for us. They are probably the strongest side in the league so we’ll show the respect but we’ll be full of confidence.’’

Trowbridge skipper Alex Hart admitted his desire to bring out the ruthless side of his team was behind their declaration during Saturday’s Wiltshire Division victory over Nationwide House.

Hart, returning to action for the first time since Trowbridge met the Swindon side last season, declared his side’s innings on 305-4 after 43 overs to give them a good chance of bowling out their opponents.

House made a good fist of the reply, scoring 256-7 in their 50 overs, Jonathan Clarke scoring 92 for the visitors and Wesley Marshall taking 3-50.

Earlier, overseas star Marshall smashed yet another century, his 137th, including 12 fours and five sixes. Hart himself added 89.

The skipper said: “We’ve set ourselves a bit of a target this season and we want to be a bit more ruthless so we declared our innings so we could have a go at them.

“Their number three (Clarke) batted very well and they got off to a really good start, but it worked out for us.’ “It was the first time I’d picked a bat up since our games against Nationwide last season but it was a really good wicket and I got a second wind after about 10 overs.”

Jeremy Smith blasted a superb 160 from 153 balls as Winsley clinched a 67-run triumph over Devizes.

Opener Smith struck 20 fours and three sixes and shared a 209-run partnership with Tim Gibson (81) as Winsley amassed 310-6, James Dunford taking 3-70.

Devizes were all out for 243 in the 46th over, despite 97 from Jonathan Skull and James Langan’s 48.

Winsley skipper Simon Orchard took 3-38 and there were two wickets each for Benjamin Strange, Neil Harris and Kevin Hendy.

Skipper Tom Cullen's century helped Westbury to an 81-run victory over visitors Chipping Sodbury in the Glos/Wilts Division.

Cullen’s 128-ball unbeaten 102, which featured nine fours, formed the backbone of his side's 212-6, Jared McDonald adding 24, with Dan Clark taking 3-44.

Andy Carroll and Richard Oakley took three wickets each as Westbury raced through the Sodbury order.

Clark’s 27 was the best batting display, with extras contributing a top-scoring 31 as Sudbury were dismissed for 131.

Desmond Kruger’s 127 off 130 balls could not prevent Warminster from slipping to a two-wicket defeat at Tewkesbury.

Kruger smashed 13 fours and three sixes, but only late hitting from Rory Cullinan (38 not out) offered much assistance as Warminster closed on 254-9.

Tewkesbury opener Stuart Tame hit an unbeaten 100 in the reply, Ben Gwillam’s 32 helping the home side across the line, despite 3-49 from Thomas Davie.

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