BROADWAY & Horton came up against the Division 3 run machine of leaders Trull and were beaten by 68 runs on Saturday.

After putting Trull in, Broadway’s bowlers toiled in the sun as Andy Sapey (66), Ali Blundell (76) and Andy Clark (54no) piled on the runs.

They didn’t have it all their own way, though as Jon Pike (3-79) and Andrew Mason (2-39 off 9) picked up some points to keep Trull to 268-7.

Broadway’s David Cook (62) and Spencer Larkman (20) opened up well but wickets fell regularly to Brian Stone (4-28) and Sapey (3-13) as they were bowled out in the penultimate over.

Half-centuries from Ilminster 2s’ T. Towill (65) and Ian Masters (51) were just enough to bring their side a 17-run victory against Watchet.

Ilminster posted 208-9 with L. Woolgrove taking (3-23 off 8), then it was down to their miserly attack which contained Watchet to 191-8, despite Martin Strong’s 45.

Chard 2s had to play second fiddle to Wembdon opener Tom Lott, who hit a masterful 164 in his side’s total of 265-6.

Crucially, Lott was dropped when on 24.

The reply never got going with only Andrew Sochon’s unbeaten 34 standing out in a poor performance which petered out on 103.

In Division 4, North Perrott just about won by three wickets against Crewkerne, who posted 182-8 as Jon Gould hit 52 and Ashley Lawrence 45.

In reply, George Johnson (52) and Sam Rowswell (49) took Perrott to the brink of victory before a few jittery moments as they fell over the line.

Andrew Callow and Robert Keylock took two wickets apiece.

Barrington took a big pasting at the hands of Huntspill & District, who reached 327-3 with Sam Lillycrop hitting 119 and Jake Randall an unbeaten 63.

Barrington were all out for a respectable 176 as Ed White top scored with 48.

Damian Price hit an unbeaten 83 and Rich Gower 54 as Ilton beat Wellington 2s by four wickets after bowling them out for 195 Mark Bray top-scored with 82 while Nick Matravers was the pick of the Ilton bowlers with 4-23 off 9.

South Petherton found Kilmington & Stourton 66 runs too strong after restricting them to 212-6.

Paul Acreman, Adam Young and Tom Ross hit 30s for Pethy but none could convert their innings into a match-winning score as George Fry took 3-17.

Division 8S leaders Ilminster 3s’ match at home to Ilton 2s was all over in fewer than 20 overs.

Batting first, the visitors were overwhelmed by the bowling of Michael McNee, who took 7-10 off five overs.

Cal Rice and S. Horne added one apiece with only Brendan Mason reaching double figures as Ilton slumped to 42 all out.

Ilminster’s reply was a formality as Trevor Goss (23no) and Ryan Lewis (9no) coasted to victory.

Second-placed South Petherton 2s were involved in a thrilling encounter against lowly Sparkford 2s.

Putting Sparkford into bat, Pethy’s attack took some initial stick as opener Mike Harvey stroked his way to a fine 107 before becoming one of Cal Rose’s three victims.

Undeterred, the Pethy attack kept chipping away and did well to restrict Sparkford to 198-8 off their 40 overs.

Pethy’s reply was a stop/start affair as five batsmen reached 20 and above.

But it took a match-winning 40no from No 9 Gary Salter to save the day with eight balls and two wickets to spare.

In the other matches involving local sides, North Perrott 3s failed to raise a team against Castle Cary 2s and bottom team Chard 3s suffered the same fate against Wincanton.