WEPL Premier Two: Thornbury (195-8) lost to Taunton Deane (199-8) by two wickets
THORNBURY require a miracle to win promotion to the top tier of the West of England Premier League after suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of second-placed Taunton Deane.
The South Gloucestershire side have seen the gap increase to 21 points between themselves and Taunton with a possible 24 points left to play for and they cannot catch league leaders Weston-super-Mare, who they face at the Ship Field on the last day this Saturday.
Danny Slade took 3-19 in six overs to set up a thrilling finish against Taunton, but Liam Redrup (12*) and Ben Leach (2*) put on an unbroken 16 for the ninth wicket to see the visitors over the line.
Thornbury stumbled to 97-7 after being put into bat but captain Richard Trotman blasted 77 off 92 balls, including five fours and six sixes, to give them something to bowl at.
Robert Woodman (61) sent Taunton on their way to victory and, despite a wobble in the middle of the innings which saw them lose five wickets for 31 runs, the Somerset outfit are on the brink of promotion.
- Winterbourne remain in contention to go up from the Bristol and North Somerset Division after a thrilling one-wicket victory over Claverham.
They are four points behind league leaders Chew Magna and three behind Lansdown ahead of their visit to Congresbury in the final game.
Thomas Carter struck 108 against Claverham but got out with just six runs needed to win, with Adam Moore (4*) seeing Winterbourne over the line.
George Ford took 3-38 as the visitors were bowled out for 189.
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