A century stand between Gary Bishop and Andrew Jeanes led Staplegrove to an eight-wicket win at Minehead 2nds in the Premier Division on Saturday.

The home side batted first and were looking comfortable at 109-3.

However, the introduction of Matt Dimond and Will Parkman heralded a batting collapse which saw Minehead all out for 133.

Gary Bennett (38) and Chris James (36) top-scored but seven wickets fell for 24 to undo all the good work.

Dimond ended with 3-30 off 9 and Parkman 3-16 off 4, with Nick Feetenby chipping in with 2-28.

The Grove were on 23-2 as Bennett and Harry Tudball claimed the openers but Bishop (67no) and Jeanes (39no) saw them home in the 28th over.

Taunton St Andrew’s 2nds backed their batting and just about succeeded by 16 runs at home to Uphill Castle.

The Saints posted 285-6, with Jordan Clapp (72) and Rob Contreras (78) leading the way.

Josh Clatworthy added much-needed late impetus with a quick-fire 40, including four sixes, and Dhruv Parashar an unbeaten 27.

When Uphill replied, they made solid progress, with opener George Chapman leading the way.

After Jamie Woodland claimed the wicket of Chapman for 64, batsmen came and went in the chase for runs.

With the game in the balance, the introduction of Parashar proved pivotal as he ran through the middle order, to take 4-26 off 5 and Uphill had to settle for 269 with one wicket remaining.

Clatworthy and Woodland also took two wickets apiece for the Saints.

Trull maintained their narrow lead at the top of Division 2 with a 41-run victory at home to Bridgwater 3rds on Saturday.

With Frome 2nds breathing down their neck in second place and winning at Ilminster 2nds, the 35-point haul was vital.

Put in to bat, Trull lost skipper Ali Blundell with only two on the board.

Andy Clark and Andy Sapey put on 43 for the second wicket but, at 119-5, a mediocre total looked likely.

Brian Stone and Graham Fitt came to the rescue, however, putting on 74 for the sixth wicket before Fitt was out for 40.

Stone was unbeaten on 61 when the overs ran out, Tim Hill (2-30) the pick of the Bridgwater attack.

The visitors’ openers put on 57 for the first wicket but, once Mike Skidmore went for 45, Tim Gibbs dismissed the top three.

Then Blundell was introduced to the attack and he took four of the last six wickets to fall as Bridgwater were all out for 192.

Taunton 2nd XI suffered a surprise two-wicket defeat at the hands of bottom club Purnell.

Electing to bat, Taunton’s 239-5 featured an unbeaten 95 from Oliver O’Livey, while Toby Eavis added 45.

Lewis Redwood was the star of the Purnell reply as his 97 brought about a thrilling climax to the run chase.

As hard as Matt Phillips (2), Henry Weatherill (2) and Jeffin Jacob (2) tried, Purnells scrambled over the line with the penultimate ball.

Broadway & Horton remain on the fringe of the promotion chase in Division 3 with this 51-run win at home to Chard 2nds on Saturday.

Electing to bat first, skipper Ian Hoskin and Andrew Mason set out in positive style until Mason was out for 11 at 21-1.

Hoskin was joined by Joel Larkman and they took the score to 105, with Hosken being the next to fall, run out for 40.

From there on, Larkman fell for 38 as the introduction of Brett Garner saw wickets tumble.

As a result, Broadway were all out for 190 with Garner taking 5-34.

When Chard replied, Josh Short provided the backbone of the innings after they stumbled to 19-3.

The reintroduction of Charlie Norman caused Chard’s downfall as he took 5-41.

Short was left stranded on 70 as the last wicket fell with Chard on 139.

Watchet won the battle of the bottom clubs with Uphill Castle 2nds by three wickets in a tense low scorer.

Batting first, Uphill were all out for 134, Martin Strong leading the collapse with 4-15 off 9.

When Watchet replied, Strong hit an early 37, then Jamie Milton (26) and Liam Woolgrove (22) did enough to steer their side to victory.

In Division 4, Huish & Langport beat Taunton St Andrew’s A by 10 runs.

Batting first, Huish opener Jon Watts stood firm with a fine 73 and a late, unbeaten 18 from Tom Lock proved vital in their 173-6.

There were two wickets apiece for Thomas Bowen and Sam Woodland.

The Saints’ reply was disastrous as Rufus Williams-Pritchard took 4-18 off 9.

Martin White did his best to save the day with a fine 74 until he was run out.

A late 12no from Ryan Cleverly was not quite enough as the Saints were all out for 163.

Taunton Deane 3rds suffered an 87-run defeat at home to Street 2nds, who posted 197 in Division 5.

The total was boosted by a late 54 from Matt Davey.

Dave Stephenson did his best with 27 but the Deane’s reply crumbled as Kevin Wall (3-13) knocked out the middle order.

Trull 2nds lost their top-of-the-table tussle at Weston 3rds by 57 runs after bowling out the home side for 190.

Top score was John Fleming with 74.

When Trull replied, they lost wickets early on as Jamie Dance took 3-18 and only a late fling by Paul Farthing (20) and Charlie Ball (15) boosted the score to 133.

In Division 6S, it was a good day for leaders Fitzhead Crusaders who beat Taunton 3rds by 92 runs.

Warren Heynes (68) and Will Pope (65no) led the way as Fitzhead reached 227-5.

Laurence Burns (22) and Ali Hallows (28) put on 64 for the first Taunton wicket but it was all downhill after that as Pope (4-35) and Graham Miller (3-26) completed the victory.

Taunton Deane 4ths were all out for 73 at Sparkford and suffered a six-wicket defeat.

Mid-table Staplegrove 2nds entertained Lydford Sports and lost by two wickets after posting 151.

Louis Wood was top score with 37 as Connor Williams took 4-26.

When Lydford replied, Harry Barnes kept the runs flowing with 62 and although Richard Pike finished with 3-28 off 8 and Lee Pope 2-27 off 8 the visitors squeezed home.

Taunton St Andrew’s B beat visitors Curry Rivel by 25 runs in Division 6S after a fine 80 from Richard Yarde saw them to 158.

Mark Tilley bowled well to take 4-23 off 8.

Harry Paget-Wilkes led the reply with 32 and Andy Selway hit 31 but the bowling of Rhys Hockey (4-32) and Martin Baldock (3-35) tipped the balance in the Saints’ favour.

Huish & Langport 2nds toiled in the sun at Middlezoy 2nds in Division 7S as Ben Pomeroy and Max Wilkins both hit centuries in a stand of 200 in a declared total of 281-1 after 33 overs.

The Huish batsmen couldn’t emulate the feat, despite Paul Dawson-Bishop hitting 31 and four other batsmen reaching double figures.

They were all out for 116 as Pomeroy added 3-26 to his day’s work.

Taunton Deane 5ths are starting to enjoy themselves in Division 8S.

They recorded their second win of the season after beating Chard 3rds by 103 runs.

Paul Goss led the way with an unbeaten 80 as Deane posted 250-6.

Bruce Crosland added 44 and Tom Kelly 37 in a challenging total.

When Chard batted, opener Phil Tolley showed his class, hitting 78 and Lewis Griffiths added 38, but Ben Squire (3-13 off 8) and Sujith Nair (2-33 off 7) stemmed the flow of runs to 147-7 when the overs ran out.