THE Division One title race was thrown back into a state of flux as the top two, Potterne 2nd and Swindon 2nd, suffered defeats in the Wiltshire League on Saturday.

The top six sides are separated by just 41 points as Winsley and Malmesbury were among those to advance their claims with hefty triumphs.

Avebury sprung a surprise on pace-setters Potterne, wrapping up a 33-run success as Parag Khanpurkar (89) and Dominic Fry (56) led them to 237-8 in 45 overs.

Gedeon Charles took 3-39 for Potterne but despite 60 from Oliver Jackson, the visitors fell short on 204-9 as Khanpurkar took 4-23.

Swindon 2nd were dismissed for just 74 against Hinton Charterhouse, for whom Simon Butcher grabbed 5-13 and Chris Antrobus hit 53 not out to ease them to a 10-wicket triumph.

Winsley moved up to second with a thumping eight-wicket triumph over Box, who amassed 177-8 from their innings, Gerald Hayward scoring 66.

Keegan Smart took 3-40 and the reply (180-2) was largely untroubled, Giles Williams with an unbeaten 78 and Charlie Holton adding 44.

George Royle's 88 and 56 from Joel Solts helped Malmesbury amass 257-8 against Nationwide House, for whom there were three wickets each for Mason Thompson and John Reivers.

The House reply lasted under 27 overs as Stuart Brazington (3-29) and Richard Gaunt (2-18), plus two wickets each for Fin Beldon and Philip Cook, saw them dismissed for 107.

Nick Davies hit 109 as Great Bedwyn (237-5) overhauled Bear Flat's 236-6, in which Mark Gunning hit 111 not out.

Division Two

CHIPPENHAM 2nd kept up the pressure on leaders Beckington, who were 102-run winners over Swindon United Churches, with a five-wicket success against Biddestone 2nd.

The home side batted first, posting 248-5, David Comport scoring 105, Will Pritchett 56 and Thomas Walker 42, but Jack Humphries' 139 guided Chippenham to 250-5, despite 4-31 from Mark Unwin.

Sarfraz Khan (3-46) and Abrar Qureshi (3-18) dominated as Swindon Nalgo dismissed Beehive Southwick for 111 in under 31 overs, Zaheed Abbas' unbeaten 64 ensuring a successful run chase and eight-wicket win.

There were wickets aplenty as Lacock edged Warminster 2nd by two wickets, Matt Loft (3-31) and John Wiltshire (3-29) helping to end Warminster's innings at 141.

Chay Forester's 64 helped Lacock edged home despite the loss of eight wickets.

Division Three

GOATACRE 2nd's serene progress at the top continued, Stephen Baker (82) and Chris Chapman (51) aiding their 278-6 against Chippenham 3rd.

Sandeep Patil scored 61 in the reply but Thomas Ponting took 3-58 to halt the innings at 242.

Jon Candy smashed an unbeaten 153 and Nathan Sheffield 85 in White Horse's 322-3 against Keevil who, despite 186 from Guy Perritt, were stopped at 296, Sheffield taking 6-45.

Dean Bird took 4-37 as Heytesbury & Sutton Veny scored 204-9 against Bradford on Avon, Ed Read with 89, but Matthew Harrington's 91eased Bradford to a six-wicket success.

Division Four

TROWBRIDGE 2nd remain undefeated at the summit following a 62-run victory over their Marshfield counterparts, Ryan Salter (59) and Prabhu Vanniyar (48) laying the foundations for their opening 197 all out.

Marshfield's reply only reached 135-8, Vanniyar taking 4-10.

Devizes 2nd's 225-9 against Nationwide House 2nd was built around Mark Banham's 50 and 45 from Steven Parker, and Banham (3-19) also did damage with the ball as House's reply ended at 88, Paul Kimber taking 3-14.

Division Five

BRAXTON Gonsalves scored 105 of Wanborough's 271-7 against Biddestone 3rd, for whom Nathan Caddell took 3-77, but the Biddestone reply ended at 149 all out.

Noel Braganza took 4-26 to ensure Wanborough's triumph.

Melksham maintained their lead at the top with a 25-run win at home to bottom-of-the-table Royal Wootton Bassett 3rd.

Joe Veacock's 50 and 47 from Ed Skippings helped Melksham to reach 176 all out in 36.2 overs, Darren Fisher taking 4-27.

Chris Long (4-33) and Chris Singh (3-38) did the damage in the Bassett reply, which ended at 151 all out.

Erlestoke ran up a massive 343-5 in their meeting with Westbury 2nd, Toby Dorgan leading the way with 123, Nick Palmer adding 62 and Joe Dorgan 59.

Tom Stayt's 5-65 ensured Westbury were never in the hunt, finishing on 221 all out despite 83 from Joe Willis.

Bhaskar Basavaraj hit an unbeaten 71 in Purton 2nd's 149 all out against Collingbourne, for whom Archie Scott (3-22), Steve Glover (3-23) and James Phillips (3-19) excelled with the ball.

Joe Dunn then took 4-15 and Fraser Conway 3-21 to restrict Collingbourne to 119 all out.

Division Six

BUSCOT Park top the standings, Aaron Court taking 4-24 as Burbage & Easton Royal 3rd reached 219 all out, Sam Wheeler scoring 65.

Ronny Fernandes hit 52 in the successful reply (220-7).

Division Seven

WARMINSTER 3rd missed the chance to overtake inactive leaders Trowbridge 3rd as they lost by 92 runs to Christian Malford.

Malford's Damian Dixon smashed 118 and Tom Dixon 78 in their huge 323-3, and despite scores of 68 from openers Shah Farhaz and Mark Turner, Warminster only reached 231 as Gareth Pugh took 3-58.

Potterne 4th's James Shadwell (124) and Martin Tarr (106) helped their side reach 272-7, and despite 80 not out from Mike Reeves, Beehive Southwick 2nd were all out for 166, Andrew Hillier taking 4-30.

Division Eight

STEVE Thompsett scored 101 as Chippenham 4th (263-6) closed the gap on inactive leaders Avebury 2nd with an 81-run win over Westbury 3rd.

Despite an unbeaten 93 from James Mawson and 77 from Christian Knott, Westbury ended on 182-2.

Tom Nott took 4-10 for Calne 2nd, who dismissed Bathford 2nd for 99 before Stephen Richards (46 not out) and Dale Goss (46) helped them to a nine-wicket success.

Division Nine

JOHN Spencer's 73, plus 56 from Harley Sandford and 45 from Scott Sandford took Winsley 3rd to 282-7 against Biddestone 4th.

There were three wickets each for Hywel Evans and Garry Green but the reply finished at 141-7.