TAUNTON raced to their second emphatic victory on the bounce, defeating hosts Brislington by eight wickets in the WEPL Bristol and Somerset Division.

The game was all over a little after half past four, and this after Brislington skipper, Leigh Iles, had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Both his openers back in the pavilion by the end of the second over. First to go was Courtney Forrest, bowled by Matthew Bulbeck who then pouched Geoff Iles at slip of the bowling of Chad Barrett to leave the home side 5-2.

Chris Munden and Mike Harris then put on 19 - the highest partnership of the innings - before Bulbeck nipped one back to trap Harris (16) leg before.

Once Bulbeck had accounted for Munden (10), the Brislington batsmen were unable to mount much of a resistance. 1st Financial Group 'Man of the Match,' Bulbeck, went on to claim figures of 11-4-12-4, even more remarkable considering the fact that the ex-Somerset left-arm seamer conceded only four runs off the bat.

Not to be outdone, young South African Barrett (3-32), nipped in with two more wickets of his own at the death.

On the downside, off-spinner, Lee Hart, broke down with a recurrence of his shoulder injury after bowling only four deliveries. Ben Richards took over from Hart and claimed his first two wickets at first team level for the club, finishing with 2-14 and helping to bundle the hosts out in the 36th over for just 75.

After an immediate change around captain Lee Cooper opened the innings with brother, Jack, and for once the two siblings managed to bat together for the best part of an hour without running each other out.

With Taunton nearly half way to their victory target, Jack was bowled by Rob Close for 14. Chris Gange then hit three boundaries from the first six balls he faced before he, too, fell for 14 - bowled by Forrest.

It was left to Carl Gazzard - his wicket-keeping reputation now in ruins having conceded his first bye of the season in only his 231st over behind the sticks - to see his side home alongside his skipper.

Two Gazzard boundaries off successive balls from Forrest and the job had been completed before the end of the 17th over, with Cooper senior finishing undefeated on 23 and Gazzard 14 not out.

Taunton entertain Frenchay this Saturday, hoping to continue the fine form that has seen them consolidate their position at the top of the table.