KILVE'S hopes of retaining the title in the first division of the West Somerset Cricket League suffered a big blow when their away game against Over Stowey was cancelled because of the wet and blustery conditions.

Kilve collected only 12 points from the game whereas Ashbrittle beat Bridgetown by three runs in a thriller to extend their lead at the top of the table to 47 points.

Batting first after winning the toss, Ashbrittle scored 267-7 in their 40 overs with Sam Shaikh hitting 58 not out and Steven Grant 57, the pair sharing in a fourth-wicket stand of 88. Chris Wookey took 3-64 and Dan Sizer 2-46.

Sizer was the star of Bridgetown's battling response, scoring 111 with 17 fours and three sixes as the home side came up only four runs short of victory. 

Bagborough are in fourth place, only five points behind Bridgetown, after winning by seven wickets at home against Brompton Ralph who scored 187-6 with B Poole scoring 61 and P Poole 40. Blake Jones took 3-28.

Bagborough took 29-2 overs to knock off the runs with Craig Swinburne 56 not out and Henry Stirzaker 72 not out.

Churchinford lost by 48 runs at home to Stoke St Mary. Batting first Churchinford hit 244-7 with Chris Roberts starring with the bat, hitting 148 0ff 100 balls with 28 fours and two sixes. Tom Bennett snapped up 3-49.

Stoke's openers were in good form, with Daniel Batchelor 122 not out and George Johnston scoring 143. Stoke took 30 overs to reach their target.

Watchet beat Roadwater away by nine wickets to extend their lead at the top of the second division to four points - and they also have a game in hand on their nearest rivals.

Roadwater, batting first in a game restricted to 30 overs a side, never recovered from losing three wickets for 16 runs as they totalled 104 with D Cole being their top scorer with 18. B Robinson took 3-25, Eben Harding 2-9 and M Lovell 2-13. J Weetch steered Watchet to victory with 51, while Lovell was 34 not out and A Harrison 22 not out.

Winsford beat Stoodleigh away by 37 runs. The visitors were bowled out for 157 in 28-4 overs with No 7 Dan Bowley hitting 48 from 41 balls. Paul Raymond took 5-50.

Sam Bowler top scored with 38 as Stoodleigh came up short, being bowled out for 120. Max Routley made 25.

Andrew Blakemore was the bowling star for Winsford, taking 6-31 in 8.2 overs, while Will Palmer finished with figures of 3-15 in nine tidy overs.

Lydeard St Lawrence, in fourth spot, won by six wickets at home to Crowcombe.