WELLINGTON 2nd XI remain top of Division Three in the Somerset Cricket League after beating lowly Taunton Deane 3rd XI away by three wickets.

The Deane, put into bat first, were all out for 110 on a wet and blustery day. Opener James Lamb top scored with 34, while Harrison Phillips hit 22 and Dave Jessop 16. Deane lost their last six wickets for six runs with veteran Rob Moysey sweeping up the tail, taking 4-2 in eight overs.

Wellington, who have a 33-point lead at the top of the table, also found batting a problem with opener Paul Short scoring a vital 35. Fellow opener Oli Beale scored 16 and Oli Hutchings 14. Kasun Madhusanka took 2-22 and Vivek Chhalotre 2-10.

Second placed South Petherton kept in touch with a 114-run away victory over North Perrott who made 152-7 after Petherton had scored 266-4 with opener Adam Young scoring 115 not out. Joel Harris knocked 51.

Middlezoy are in third place after they won by six wickets away to Cheddar who went down by six wickets. Middlezoy, who chose to field first, restricted Cheddar to 162-8 in their 40 overs. Nathan Barnard hit 60 as Middlezoy romped home.