ROYAL Wootton Bassett captain Darren Beasant admits he was left feeling frustrated following his side’s home defeat to Purton in WEPL Wiltshire.

After winning the toss, Beasant backed his troops with the ball as they restricted the visitors to 258-8 on Saturday afternoon.

Akash Sharma and Ben Batchelor were stand out performers once again with three and four wickets respectively.

With the bat, Beasant watched his team fall short as they were dispatched for 210, Sam Lawro was their top-scorer as he weighed in with 53, while Neilon Joseph and Sharma added 35 and 34 respectively.

Beasant said: “Obviously it was a derby game and from that respect, it meant a lot to both sides and we are both still trying to avoid relegation.

“It wasn’t a nice game to lose, it was a half decent game of cricket and I thought they had a bit more discipline with the ball and that is what won them the game.

“We didn’t bowl very well and set the tone so found ourselves chasing quite a big score which has been a bit of a theme for us this year.

“The first half of the year we bowled really well and did all of the things we didn’t manage to do in the second half of the year.

“We were keen to have first use (of the wicket) and if you do that, you have to be on your game, which we weren’t unfortunately.”

Elsewhere, Calne suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Swindon away from home, to remain bottom of the table.

The home side won the toss and opted to field, with Jerron John going some way to help Calne put up a decent total as he recorded 79 of the visitors’ total of 221-7.

With the ball Joseph Clare claimed two wickets, while Sean Adams, Matthew Baker and Tom Nott could only manage solitary efforts as Swindon tallied 224-5.

Devizes recorded a 69-run win at home to Marlborough, after the visitors were all out for 95, while Devizes scored 164 all out.

Marshfield were also in action, they lost by 19 runs to Trowbridge, who won the title, away from home.

Alastair Christie claimed four wickets as the hosts were dispatched for 172, while with the bat, Marshfield could only muster 153 as Suffan Hussan top scored with 54 before he was caught out by Mike Reynolds.