POTTERNE pulled off a great escape in Premier One after defeating champions Bath.

Neil Clark’s side went into the final weekend of the campaign sitting third-from-bottom and requiring a victory to secure their safety.

Visitors Bath won the toss and elected to bat first, going on to post 287-9 following an opening stand of 122 between George Hankins and Greg Hay, while Jack Colyer was the pick of the home attack with 3-41.

Potterne’s reply got off to the worst possible start as by the end of the first over they were 0-2 with opener Josh Da Souza and number three Sahan Wijerathne back in the hutch.

Basil Akram and Ed Young then put on 64 for the third wicket before the former fell to Paul Muchall for 45.

The Wiltshire skipper was then joined by his club captain Clark and the pair shared a 115-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Chris Penhaligon quickly joined Young in the pavilion but Potterne claimed victory, and retained their Premier One status, in the 48th over as Clark hit an unbeaten 110 and Yuvraj Odedra was 43 not out.

Relegated Corsham suffered a 76-run defeat at Bridgwater, who posted 291-8 from their 50 overs before former Somerset seamer Alfonso Thomas took 4-48 as Ashur Morrison’s men were bowled out for 215.

In Premier Two Glos/Wilts, Goatacre wrapped up the title in the final over of their top of the table clash with Cheltenham.

The Gloucestershire visitors declared on 225-7 before the end of the 45th over in a bid to claim two extra points.

However, a heroic effort from Jif Wilkins, who suffered a knee injury in the field, saw Goatacre home with nine from three balls, while Benny Howells struck an unbeaten 101.

Biddestone ended their season on a high note as they thrashed Gloucester City Winget by 143 runs.

The visitors put in a solid effort with the bat as they closed on 219-9 with a number of Biddestone batsmen all getting themselves in but not going on to make big scores.

However, Naeem Khan led the way with the ball for Biddestone with 4-30 as the hosts were skittled for 76.

Chippenham’s campaign ended in defeat despite taking seven Burbage and Easton Royal wickets for just 26 runs.

The hosts put on 247-7 from their 50 overs with skipper Oli Jones top scoring with 85, while both Darryl Losper and Owen Alsop chipped in with 47 apiece.

In reply, Burbage openers Duncan Lorrain and skipper David Cope shared a first-wicket stand of 121 before the former was dismissed for 48.

Cope and Deepak Joon put on 70 runs for the second before the skipper went for 91 as Burbage’s collapse began.

From 191-1, the visitors slumped to 217-8 with Chippenham’s Stan Alsop ending with figures of 5-65, which included a hat-trick.

But Joon saw Burbage home with two balls to spare with an unbeaten 96 from 80 balls, while Oliver Lavis saw out 14 balls without scoring.

In WEPL Wiltshire, Calne won a low scoring match against Devizes as 20 wickets fell for just 177, while Marlborough suffered a 94-run defeat at home to Swindon.

Marshfield finished runners up for the second season in a row as their 303-4 was too much for Royal Wootton Bassett, who closed on 281-8.