BOURTON Vale ensured they stayed out of the West of England Premier Cricket League Gloucester Division bottom two with a home victory over Chipping Sodbury.

The third-from-bottom side are just 15 points behind fifth-placed Woodmancote after recording their seventh league win of the campaign.

Vale dismissed their visitors for 184 with John Dolan taking 3-31 and Ben Hughes 3-22.

The hosts then romped to a nine-wicket success inside 39 overs as opener Mark Whitney was undefeated with 87 alongside 44 from Charlie Davies and 21no by Nick Anderson.

Champions Dumbleton beat third-placed Cheltenham Civil Service by three wickets after successfully chasing 209.

Rupert Salmon (36no) and Craig Baldwin (19no) led the villagers home after Tom Green claimed 3-39 and Will Sharp 3-46.

Meanwhile, Shipston-on-Stour moved up to fourth place in the Marston’s Pedigree Cotswold Hills League Premier Division with a 102-run thrashing of Alcester and Ragley.

Skipper Matt Corby (36), Harry Dube (30) and Gary Betteridge (38) took defending champions Shipston to 213 all out after 42 overs.

Justin Saker took 6-26 from 10 overs in reply as hosts Alcester fell for 111.

Winchcombe’s Division One relegation fight suffered a blow with a 31-run home defeat to fellow strugglers FISSC.

Champions Chipping Campden secured their 14th victory of the season at the top of Division Two when defeating local rivals Moreton-in-Marsh by three wickets.

Shipston-on-Stour seconds’ Division Three promotion hopes were ended by a 53-run defeat to fellow high-fliers Badsey.

Stanway continued their fine campaign in fourth spot in Division Four with a seven-wicket win over Catherine de Barnes seconds.

Division Six table-toppers Mickleton enjoyed their 12th league success of the campaign thanks to a six-wicket win over Alvechurch and Hopwood thirds.

Struggling Stow-on-the-Wold secured only their third victory of the Cotswold District League Division One season with a four-wicket home success over Oaksey.

Opener David Nieman scored 50 in their winning 131-6 after dismissing the visitors for 128.