Nailsea continued their winning ways with a five wicket victory over Brislington at The Grove on Saturday.
Nailsea skipper Pete Hardcastle won the toss and asked the visitors to bat on a warm afternoon, with the ground looking a picture.
Opening bowler Mat Beadle made the initial breakthrough, assisted by a superb diving catch from keeper Rob Lange and with Hardcastle then removing the second Brislington opener thanks to another fine effort from Beadle, the scene was set for the Nailsea bowlers to take control of the innings.
The introduction of ‘spin twins’ Ian Sherrard ( 8 overs, 2-12 ) and Alan Rogerson ( 1-26 ) kept things tight and with a miserly spell from Steve Lester, six overs for just 11 runs adding to the pressure, it was left to Steven Spencer with 3-5 to wrap up the Brislington innings for just 68.
Hardcastle finished with 1-6 and Mat Beadle 1-8. All the bowlers were aided by some fine catching.
In reply, Nailsea made a sticky start to the chase, losing Gary Phippen to a leaping catch in the covers. Ryan Orr and Andy Caine both looked in good touch, but once they and David McIlroy had fallen with just 21 on the board, the task at hand took on a slightly more challenging perspective.
However, both Rob Lange, with 18 and Hardcastle, with a belligerent 28 not out, looked to finish the game in a hurry, adding 50 in 5 overs.
Despite losing Lange, Nailsea coasted home without further drama, collecting 17 useful points.
With four weeks remaining, Nailsea are now handily placed and promotion is a distinct possibility. Next week Nailsea visit Old Park.