BOURTON Vale forced Painswick into the West of England Premier Cricket League Gloucester Division bottom two after thrashing their rivals by 114 runs.

The Cotswold club moved 10 points clear as their fourth win of the season was inspired by a fine batting and bowling display.

Nick Anderson provided 73 valuable runs from the middle order in Vale’s 271 all out with opener Tom Arkell adding 44 and Ben Hughes 34. Hughes (4-29) and John Dolan (4-30) then restricted the hosts to 157 all out.

The struggling seconds won their second game of the Gloucester Division campaign, beating Cheltenham Civil Service by four wickets.

Vale’s bowlers shared the wickets in the visitors’ 218 all out before skipper Mark Arthurs (71), Sam Arthurs (33no) and Archie Hayward (29no) helped fire them to victory.

An understrength Shipston-on-Stour side were dealt another Marston’s Pedigree Cotswold Hills League Premier Division title blow with a four-wicket defeat to Leamington thirds.

Reigning champions Shipston scored 225-9 through opener Julian Morris (63) and acting skipper Gary Betteridge (50) but it was not enough for the fourth-placed home side.

Bottom-of-the-table Broadway suffered an eighth defeat of the season, going down by five wickets to Long Itchington, while Winchcombe lost by four wickets to basement boys Elmley Castle in Division One.

Unbeaten Division Two leaders Chipping Campden thrashed Wellesbourne seconds by 147 runs after amassing 291-3 with Jamie Lindner scoring 102 alongside half-centuries for Sam Nicholls and Guy Nicholls.

Ebrington moved out of the relegation zone with a 13-run success over Norton Lindsey seconds but Moreton-in-Marsh lost by 114 runs to promotion-chasing Overbury.

Gloucestershire League Division Three table-toppers Great Rissington won by three wickets at Dymock .