ASTON Ingham 1st XI suffered a 152-run home defeat at the hands of high-flying Hawkesbury Upton on Saturday.
The visitors cracked 237-9 off their 45 overs in the Gloucestershire League One clash, with Dan E Smith starring with the ball with four wickets, backed by Toby Hiram with two.
Aston reached 36-2 and then 52-3 in reply, but then collapsed, with only 10th man Oli Dennis joining top order batsmen Hiram (19) and James Benn (15) on double figures with 12, as they were all out for 85 in 24 overs, a result that leaves them fifth.
The 2nds won by a handsome eight wickets away to Ullenwood Bharat 2nds in the Cheltenham/Gloucester/Forest Premier Division though, Tom Parsons hitting 86 and Charles Lorton 67 not out as they comfortably reached 193-2 in 37.5 overs to take the victory.
Karl Linney earlier took three wickets in Ullenwood’s innings of 191-7, and the result leaves Aston third.
But Penallt & Redbrook went top of CGF Division 1 West with a 60-run win away to Aston’s 3rds.
Graham Emerson hit 65 not out and Chris Margetts 55 in the visitors’ 204-3 off 40 overs, while Aston skipper Martin Jukes top-scored with 62 in their 144-8, backed by George Aubrey with 23.
In Division 2 West, there was a dramatic tie between Aston 4ths and hosts Ruardean Hill 2nds, with both teams reaching 212 in their 40-over allotment.
Hill reached the total for the loss of six wickets, Sam Waterhouse taking three and Oliver Kelsall two.
Aston’s top four – Emma Bowyer with 49, Amit Navalgund with 36, Ethan Drew-White with 23 and Sam Waterhouse with 20 – got them off to a good reply.
But then the bowlers got on top and the match unbelievably ended all square, with the visitors unable to score the extra run needed off the final ball as they finished on 212-8.
Sunday’s friendly XI also had to give second best as they lost out by seven wickets at Brockhampton.
Anthony James fired 49 for the visitors, backed by Alexander Whitehouse with 32 and Will Green with 22 as they reached 176-9 off 35 overs.
But the hosts eased home to 180-3 with five overs to spare, Indiana Jerram scoring 53 and Iolo Bubb 50 before both retired, with Clyde Breetzke taking two of the wickets and Gus Carini-Roberts the other with a caught and bowled.
Fourth-placed Newent 1st XI disappointingly lost by 68 runs at home to bottom side Rockhampton 2nds in Gloucestershire Division 2.
The visitors reached 185-6 in their 40 overs, Jack Cowles taking three wickets and Richard Henry two.
But Newent never really got the run chase going, Paul Carter top-scoring with 34, and only Jack Cowles with 18 and Liam Devries with 14 joining him in double figures, with the hosts all out for 117 in 36.3 overs.
The Lions won by two wickets with an over to spare at St Briavels in a third v fourth C/G/F Division 1 West clash, Karl Mortimer dragging them over the line with an unbeaten 42 as they reached 159-8 in reply to 158-7 off 40 overs.
Mortimer and Braden Stonehouse had earlier taken two wickets apiece.
Dymock 1st XI fell just 11 runs short at Cricklade chasing 180-7 after James Field had speared four wickets in their top of the table Gloucestershire Division 4 clash.
Field also scored 44 before being run out, backed by Matthew Barratt with 32 and skipper Andrew Bevan with 31.
But the tail failed to wag with only eight runs off the final five batsmen as they were dismissed for 169 with nine balls left.
The 2nds won by six wickets at home to Parkend 2nds in C/G/F Division 2 West however.
David Williams took four wickets as the visitors were dismissed for 135 in 34.4 overs.
And Dymock then eased to 137-4 in 24.4 overs, Nick Willetts scoring 38, Richard Hartley an unbeaten 36 and Miles Burret-Newland 33, a result which lifts them to second behind Huntley.