By Eric Woodmason

IT was a disappointing weekend for Frocester with an agonising nine- run defeat at the hands of Clevedon in the league on Saturday and then a five-wicket defeat to Bath in the regional semi-final of the National T20 cup.

Clevedon took first use of a good-looking wicket at Pounds Close and, with the Frocester attack lacking Tom Drake and Richie Cave, Nick Trainor was reliant on Wimma Perera and Ross Martin taking early wickets.

They did not disappoint with both taking two-wickets each and Trainor decided to bowl them both straight through their 10 over spell, but neither had much luck as Clevedon reached 67 from four from 20 overs.

Dan Cave and Angus Gegg picked up a wicket each and Clevedon were in trouble at 78-6, but Curtis held firm through this and found a willing partner in Jake Rowe and they added 76 runs for the seventh-wicket.

Curtis finished on 92 not out and with Carpenter smashing 20 valuable runs from the final over, Clevedon reached 228-8 from 50 overs.

In reply, after Ross Martin departed for 16, Qureshi and Louis Gegg added 60 for the second-wicket, but Qureshi fell for 27, quickly followed by Dixon and Trainor.

Tom Wand had a welcome return to form and featured in a 49-run partnership with Gegg and the game was drifting in Frocester’s favour.

But, Gegg fell to a catch on the boundary for 59 and the game was in the balance again.

Perera supported Wand in fine style as the game swung back towards Frocester. But, when Wand was caught behind for 44, Masoor Khan picked up three wickets as Frocester slumped to 219 all out.

Bath pull the plug on Frocester

ON Sunday, Frocester played well at Bath although the total of 106 all out in 18.2 overs was never quite enough.

Louis Gegg with 24 and Trainor with 22, were the main contributors.

It was never easy for Bath, but victory came in the 18th over with Perera and Angus Gegg each picking up two wickets.

Surprisingly, Paul Muchall with 25 not out was the top scorer on the day.

Elsewhere, Frocester 2nd X1 lost their top spot in WEPLGloucestershire with a four- wicket defeat at Bourton Vale.

Frocester scored 253-8 with Sam Birch top scoring with 71, with other contributions from Harry Senior, 26, and James Cook with 34.

However, the Bourton openers adding 166 for the first wicket. Ashley Davis and Sam Birch fought back with their 10 over spells, but it was not enough to stop Bourton reaching their target with three balls to spare.