DEVASTATING bowling helped Ross-on-Wye’s 1st XI to a fifth league win of the season at home to Builth Wells 2nds.

Three wickets for Chloe Tingle cut a swathe through the visitors’ top order, while Jack Donovan mopped up the tail with three of his own to dismiss Builth for just 74 in 19.5 overs.

In reply, Ross reached the required target for the loss of three wickets in just 12.2 overs to take the win and go third in Marches League Division 2.

Tingle started the basement boys’ batting demise bowling opener Steve Anderson for six with 10 on the board.

And Angus McIntyre was then quick in the field to run out new man Kevin Hall for a duck (15-2).

Builth recovered slightly, with opener Steffan Towns reaching 17, but Tingle struck again, Keith Flitton grabbing a catching chance to reduce the visitors to 32-3.

And just two balls later she had her third wicket, scattering Owen Evans’ stumps for a duck (32-4) before McIntyre pounced to run out Ryan Brown for two (40-5).

Builth skipper Paul Rowe managed to take the score past the 50-mark, scoring 17 off 24 balls, but when he went lbw to a Tony Laws delivery (54-6), the writing was on the wall.

Eurig Towns holed out to Jim Lewis off an Adam Parkes ball for 10 (65-7) before Donovan wiped out the tail, bowling Rhys Cornelius and Cameron Beehan for ducks (66-9), and then spearing last man Guy Wilson for two to wrap up the innings, with Cale Ermer not out 12.

Tingle’s three wickets came for just nine runs off five overs, while Donovan finished with 3-13 off 4.5 overs.

With rain in the offing, the Ross top order were in no mood to hang around, Herefordshire over-50s call-up McIntyre blasting a quick-fire unbeaten 39 off 38 balls, including four sixes to guide them to victory in short order.

He and Stuart Mair, another call up for Herefordshire 2nds, put on 58 before the latter was run out for 19 scored off 23 balls, including three fours.Thomas Edwards then holed out for three (63-2) off a Guy Wilson delivery, and the same bowler trapped Simon Sharpe lbw for the same score (73-3).

But new man Donovan just needed one ball to secure victory, dispatching Wilson to the boundary for four to reach 77-3.

In Division 1 in a match reduced to 20 overs a side, Goodrich CC’s Chris Tookey hit 50, backed by Jack Waldis with an unbeaten 34, Andrew Brown with 28 and Sam Griffiths with 22 as they set visitors Fownhope Strollers a sizeable target of 168-6.

Alex Carter took three wickets for Strollers and Nicholas Terry two.

Strollers made a steady start to reach 23 without loss, but with the first Goodrich wicket the hosts’ attack took control, Neil Price spearing three wickets, Matt Young two and Joe Provis, Tookey and Jake Jarrett one apiece to limit them to 82-8 at the close, 86 runs short.

The result lifts Goodrich back to second just one point behind leaders Canon Frome, while Strollers drop to ninth.

Things were much tighter in Goodrich’s Forest Midweek League home game, when they secured T20 victory over Ruardean Hill with two balls and two wickets to spare.

Waldis took two wickets and Provis, Jarrett and Young one each as the visitors set a decent target of 144-6 off their 20 overs.

Sam Griffiths with 39 and Brad Sussex with 33 anchored the Goodrich reply, backed by 15s for both Provis and Waldis.

Incredibly, Hill’s Jack Robins took four wickets in the only over he bowled, all to catches and two of his victims failing to score, to leave the hosts eight down right at the death.

But three from Jarrett and a single from Ralph Heaven Richards squeezed the hosts home in the final over, reaching 145-8.

Much of Saturday’s cricket programme fell victim to the rain, Aston Ingham’s 1st XI managing 50 overs away to Cheltenham 2nds in the Gloucestershire League before the game was abandoned.

The hosts scored 218-6 off 38 overs, Noah O’Neill taking three wickets for 40 off seven overs and Shafiq Khan two for 31 off five.

Aston were then set a revised traget of 168 from 25 overs, and were up with the run rate at 78-2 off 11.4 overs when the weather ended things prematurely, Anthony James scoring 45 and Jack Carpenter an unbeaten 19.

Dymock 1st XI were able to play to a conclusion at home to Sheepscombe in Gloucestershire Division 4, winning by 45 runs.

Dan Gale fired 16 fours in a swashbuckling 82, backed by fellow opwner Andrew Bevan with 57 and James Field with an unbeaten 34 as the hosts reached 245-6 off their 40 overs.

The visitors mounted a good response, but three wickets apiece for Bevan, Matthew Barratt and Isaac Lawrence gave Dymock the upper hand as they dismissed the visitors for 200 with 3.4 overs to spare.

It was their second win in three days after a nine-run Wednesday night Gloucestershire Evening T20 League win at home to Shurdington.

Skipper Field fired 62 off 49 balls, including six fours and two sixes in their 145-5, before the visitors were restricted to 136-4, Field, Alfred Senior and Dan Gale taking a wicket each.

Newent also enjoyed midweek success in Division 3, winning by 10 wickets at Gloucester Harlequins in a game where no wickets fell.

Callum Howells hit a ton and Morgan Evans smashed the last ball for six to see the visitors to 187 without loss chasing 186-0.

But Saturday’s Gloucestershire League Division 2 action was curtailed at Cam CC after the hosts set a 35-over target of 271-5, Newent reaching 58-2 before play was halted after another 13 overs.

Simon Clark and Karl Mortimer both took wicket braces for the visitors, while Richard Henry scored 20 with the bat and Morgan Evans finished 18 not out.

In a midweek friendly, George Wood-Cole hit an unbeaten 35 for Fownhope Strollers at home to Tintern, but chasing 142-2 they were dismissed for 106.