LYMPSHAM & Belvedere’s charge for the Somerset League Division 3 title was strengthened on Saturday, with an eight-wicket victory at second-placed Weston.

The home side elected to bat first, but although each of the top five reached double figures, Lympsham’s attack made regular inroads.

Mike Hosey took out the top three, then Tom Gooding and Jack Luff chipped in with two wickets apiece as Neil Chadwick’s nine overs yielded just 21 runs.

George Nuttycombe (2-4) cleared up the tail and Weston were out for 145.

Lympsham lost Dave Luff (2) early on, but Hosey made 21, before Nathan Hancock and Jack Luff (both 50no) took them to the target with 10 overs and eight wickets in hand.

The victory puts Lympsham 47 points clear at the top, and on Saturday they entertain Wembdon 2nds.

Division 4 leaders Huntspill & District won by 77 runs at South Petherton on Saturday.

Sam Lillycrop continued his good form with 56, but it was an impressive 116 from Matt Osmant (with 17 fours and three sixes) which was the highlight of the visitors’ 293-7.

Alex Davy (72no) led the home reply, but with Lillycrop taking 2-18 off nine overs and Shaun Lismore 2-24 off nine, they were limited to 216-6.

Huntspill host Ilton this coming Saturday.

Wedmore, meanwhile, dispatched bottom club Horrington, winning by five wickets to stay in joint second place in Division 5.

Key to the victory was a tight bowling attack, which stifled Horrington, keeping them to 156-9.

Martyn Boley took two wickets, while Bob Burgess’ nine overs yielded 1-19.

Josh Burgess took 2-25 off nine and a hat-trick of run-outs finished the job.

When Wedmore batted, they lost the top three early on but the middle order of Paul Whittaker (39), PG Patch (33) and Boley (56) rounded off a fine win.