ANDY Carroll took a stunning eight-wicket haul as Westbury & District thrashed weekend hosts Devizes by 10 wickets to just about remain in the WEPL Wiltshire title race.

Leaders Marshfield remain in charge at the top of the table and sit 60 points clear of Westbury with three games to go after their own dominant nine-wicket win at Royal Wootton Bassett.

Tom Clist’s four wickets had helped bowl Bassett out for just 73 and Marshfield eased over the winning line inside 12 overs of their reply, reaching 74-1.

Westbury, meanwhile, showed they are not going to roll over in the battle for league glory after putting Devizes to the sword.

The wet weather across the county made conditions difficult and bowler Carroll ruthlessly exploited them to run through the home batting line-up.

Figures of 8-19 decimated Devizes inside 12 overs as no home player reached double figures.

Westbury needed just 68 balls to chase down their tiny target as openers Richard Mills and Dan Gill remained unbeaten at the crease as the visitors eased to a winning 41-0.

The wet weekend weather all but put an end to third-placed Swindon’s outside chances of winning the title as their home match against Potterne 2nd was abandoned.

Swindon were going well with the ball and had reduced Potterne to 130-8 midway through the first innings before rain brought a premature halt to proceedings.

Bradley Parry’s four wickets inspired Warminster to a 26-run win at home to Calne.

Sean Adams (4-23) also shone with the ball as Calne bowled their hosts out for 162 in the first innings.

However, Warminster wrestled the momentum after tea and Parry took 4-27 as Calne were dismissed for 135 in reply.

Finally, Purton gave their hopes of beating the drop a big shot in the arm thanks to a crucial 96-run success at home to fellow strugglers Hinton Charterhouse.

The result saw Purton climb off the bottom of the table, with Charterhouse having replaced them at the foot of the standings.

Upon being asked to bat by Charterhouse after the visitors won the toss, Purton posted a decent total of 182-9.

Adam Woolford then took over with the ball after tea and a devastating spell yielded excellent figures of 5-30 as Charterhouse collapsed to 86 all out.

Purton skipper Tom Whittaker said: “Looking at the weather that was around on Saturday, I think we got a bit fortunate.

“It was pretty wet when we got there but the game was only cut down to 46 overs per side initially and we only came off twice for the rain.

“Considering where both teams are in the table, we both really needed a win so we were prepared to stick around all day.

“It was probably our best all-round performance of the season in terms of our batting, our bowling and our fielding.

“To get to 182 was definitely at least a par score. It gave us momentum going into tea and it was definitely a defendable score.

“We haven’t had Adam Woolford as much as we would liked this year but whenever he plays, he brings real quality to our bowling attack and real discipline.”