POTTERNE gained revenge for a heavy defeat in the reverse fixture when beating Bridgwater by six wickets in Premier One on Saturday.

Neil Clark’s men were blown away by Somerset’s Max Waller back in May as his side lost by 101 runs in Somerset thanks to the spinner’s figures of 6-22.

There was to be no such repeat in Wiltshire, though, and it was Bridgwater’s turn to suffer an embarrassing collapse.

From 213-2, Potterne’s bowlers ran through their opposition like a hot knife through butter and Bridgwater ended their innings 228 all out with almost five overs remaining.

Sahan Wijerathne claimed 4-61 – including the scalp of opposition captain Merv Hallaran on 96 – and a run out in Bridgwater’s innings before Jake Goodwin (96) and Thomas Cullen (79no) laid the foundations for a successful run chase for Potterne inside 31 overs.

Clark was left disappointed with his side’s start after telling them to stay patient prior to the first ball going down at The Grove.

However, after winning the toss and opting to chase – as is their preference – the Potterne skipper was nothing but confident at the halfway mark.

Captain Clark said: “We didn’t bowl very well at the start if we’re honest and we were getting hit on both sides of the wicket, so it was quite hard to control.

“They were 213-2, and then we got Merv (Hallaran) out in the 90s, and then the rest of their batsmen came out swinging.

“They obviously thought that because there weren’t too many overs to go that they had license to come out swinging.

“There was some silly batting and some really good bowling in there, and we ended up taking 8-15, which was a bit ridiculous.

“We were chuffed with restricting them to 228 because it was a really flat pitch and a tiny ground.

“Then Jake has batted fantastically, as did Tom, so it was a great little run chase.”