AVEBURY made the most of a weather-affected weekend in the Wiltshire Cricket League to cut the gap to Division One leaders Great Bedwyn to a single point.

While the pace-setters saw their contest at home to Malmesbury cancelled due to the rain, Avebury took full advantage by earning a seven-wicket success at home to Swindon 2nd and move hot on the heels of Bedwyn at the top.

Batting first, Swindon were restricted to a total of 116, and Avebury needed less than 29 overs to chase down their target, finishing on a winning 120-3.

The result means Swindon remain at the foot of the table with only one win to their name this season.

As well as Bedwyn’s call-off against Malmesbury, Beckington’s home clash against Chippenham 2nd and Marlborough’s trip to Nationwide House also fell foul of the wet weather.

The only other game to take place in the top tier was at Winsley, where the hosts earned a five-wicket win over Corsham 2nd via DLS.

Tom Abbott hit 54 as Corsham posted 193-9 off their 45 overs before that target was reduced to 157 off 35 overs after a rain break.

A fine unbeaten 86 from opener Charlie Holton saw Winsley chase that down with two overs to spare, finishing on 162-5.

Division Two

SWINDON NALGO had to surrender their place at the top of the table because of the rain after their derby at home to Swindon United Churches was abandoned.

The match was initially reduced to 25 overs per side and NALGO hit 152-7 but the contest was then called off altogether less than 10 overs into the reply with Churches on 47-1.

That result allowed Goatacre 2nd to climb to the top after they beat Beehive Southwick by nine wickets at home in the only match in the division to reach a conclusion.

Beehive were bowled out for 138 and Elliot Townsend blasted a brilliant unbeaten century in reply to lead the Goats to a winning 141-1 inside 16 overs.

Division Three

MATTHEW Harrington took a fabulous five-wicket haul as Bradford on Avon earned an eight-wicket win at home to Potterne 3rd.

Harrington (5-14) helped skittle Potterne for 93 and Bradford easily chased down the lowly target, finishing on 97-2 inside 26 overs.

Division Four

JOE Veacock’s century set up Melksham for an emphatic 128-run win at home to Corsham 3rd.

Veacock (130) and Russ Collins (67) helped Melksham post an impressive 255-7 off their 45 overs before Corsham could only muster 127 all out in reply.