CHIPPING Sodbury crashed to their biggest West of England Premier League Gloucestershire division defeat on Saturday at home to leaders Dumbleton.

Sodbury struggled to break a massive partnership from the visitors when they batted first and were then dismissed for a pittance when they replied.

Dumbleton lost opener Daniel Holland from a run-out by Nick Wake early on but that brought Wade Ridsdale and opener and wicketkeeper Ben Tegg together at the crease.

And by the time Ridsdale had been caught by Phil Lill off the bowling of Jarrod Campling for 58, the partnership had taken Dumbleton from 19-1 to 183-2.

Tegg continued on his merry way, however, as Sodbury began to pick up wickets at regular intervals.

The visitor’s opener was finally the sixth wicket to fall, when he was bowled by Lill, with their total on 239 of which he had contributed a huge 133.

The tailenders collapsed to leave their side on 261-9 at the end of their fifty overs. Lill was the best home bowler with 3-36, while Jay Penfold took 2-50, Jarrod Campling and Jamie Rendell both took 1-62.

It was a tall order Sodbury to reach their target and it soon irrelevant as their shaky start descended into a disaster.

Opener Lill was first to go for four, before partner Jake Reed went for three. Skipper Rendell, at number three, went for ten and left Sodbury on 29-3.

Indeed, other than 12 extras, Rendell’s knock was the second highest score of the innings. Craig Scully followed for one, with Bryan Jater, without scoring, and Lee Walters (four) also in and out quickly.

That left Sodbury on 37-6 and it was now more of a matter of survival than anything else. Simon Vooght was bowled for a single but wicketkeeper Nick Wake stuck in at the crease to score the most in the innings with 15 before he was bowled.

And, when Campling went for seven and Ben Waldron was bowled without scoring, it left Sodbury blasted away to 61 all out and losing by a huge two hundred runs.

It was also a bleak afternoon for Chipping Sodbury seconds who also went down to a thrashing in the Gloucestershire County League second division.

They were involved in a mid-table clash at Cinderford St John and saw the home side, who won the toss and elected to bat, reach 164-7 in 45 overs, with Richard Lane and Tom Clay both getting two wickets.

But, in reply, not one Sodbury second team player reached double figures as Cinderford bowler Mark House had a field day to return figures of 6-21 and rip the opposition apart to a catastrophic total of just 37 all out in 18.1 overs.