POTTERNE captain Neil Clark says the champagne remains on ice over his side’s Premier One title push and he will not allow the celebrations to start until the championship is secured.

The Grove side took another step towards league glory last weekend with a six-wicket win at home to Bristol, with the wet weather also helping their cause.

While the league leaders were able to complete their fixture – and pick up 21 points in the process – nearest challengers Bath were restricted to just six after their own game away at Downend was called off without a ball being bowled.

That all leaves Potterne sitting 41 points clear at the top of the table with three games to go and the prospect of the title being secured with another win away at Taunton Deane this weekend.

For captain Clark, though, any thoughts of silverware will wait until it is mathematically secured.

“It has started to become a bit more believable now but we don’t want to get carried away,” said Clark.

“I think it was only a year or two ago that we won our first six games of the season and then lost eight in a row, so things can change very quickly.

“It is in our hands and the most important thing is that we are playing good cricket and have been for a while.

“One more win could be enough but we know it’s possible that we could lose all three that we have got left.

“We could do it at Taunton Deane this weekend but, personally, I think it would be great if we did it in the home game against Bath in the following game.

“If we keep doing what we have been, hopefully we should pick up enough points between now and the end of the season to finish the job.”

After heavy rain in the lead up to the match against Bristol, Potterne opted to bowl upon winning the toss and dismissed the visitors for 169.

Sahan Wijerathne returned figures of 4-35 as no Bristol batsman reached a half-century.

After a rain interruption, Potterne actually saw their target rise to 173 off 42 overs but it did not prove too much of a challenge as they needed less than 27 overs to pass the winning line on 175-4.

Michael Ferreira hit 58 not out after the foundations had been laid by Tom Cullen (45) and Jake Goodwin (43).

Captain Clark said: “We are very lucky that we’ve got great volunteer groundstaff who were looking after the wicket as early as Thursday.

“It was completely covered and once they came off, the wicket was bone dry underneath.

“We knew as long as we got enough dry spells in the day, we could get a game on.

“It was a good performance. Getting Bristol out for less than 170 was excellent and it was another good run chase too.”