CORSHAM slipped further into the relegation mire at the weekend after they suffered a 10-run defeat at Frocester in Premier One.

The Station Road side went into match sitting one place below Frocester and the 17 points taken by the Gloucestershire men has left the basement side 26 points adrift from safety.

After winning the toss at Pounds Close, Ashur Morrison asked the hosts to bat first and it was an invitation they greatly received.

Although Frocester slipped to 69-3, they were eventually dismissed off the final ball of the innings for 251.

Home wicketkeeper Louis Gegg was Frocester’s top scoring with 65, while Fin Dixon struck 53 before number nine Ashley Davis hit a rapid half-century.

Tom Foley was the pick of the Corsham bowlers with 3-24 from 10 overs, while James Arney and Simon Crampton claimed two wickets apiece.

Corsham made a solid start in their reply as Charley Reed (38) and Remano Esau (20) put on 50 for the opening wicket.

With the overseas opener back in the pavilion, Reed was the next man out before skipper Morrison chipped in with 25 as Corsham slipped to 104-3.

Steve Bullen quickly followed for 17 before Andy Davis (14 not out) and Vibhor Yadav (19 not out) put on 32 together before the rain came and no further play was possible with Corsham 139-4 – 10 runs behind the Duckworth/Lews rate.

Potterne are in danger of joining Corsham in the bottom two as they slumped to another defeat, this time at the hands of Downend.

Having bowled the hosts out for 227 with Josh De Souza the leading man with the ball with 3-53, Neil Clark’s side were reduced to 123-6 from 24 overs before rain halted play with Potterne 31 runs short of their revised target.

The result leaves Potterne just four points above Lechlade in the other relegation spot and they have now lost four of their last five matches with the other abandoned.