Bridgwater Cricket Club continued their fine form with a hard-fought win over Burbage & Easton Royal Cricket Club.

With this victory, Bridgwater close the gap on Bath at the top of the Premier One.

After a merciless match, Bridgwater stood triumphant with 259 for 9 in 50 overs, leaving Burbage & Easton drawing their last breath at 205 in 46 overs – a solid win by 54 runs.

Alex Eckland won the toss for Bridgwater.

In the opening sequence, James Regan, Luke Pearson-Taylor, and Harminder Singh geared the hosts off to a positive start, scoring a combined 75 points in the first 13 overs.

Meanwhile, former Somerset professional, Peter Trego bowled Pearson-Taylor for 12.

However, Regan (38) and Singh (38) constructed a sound foundation for their side, pushing the score up to 92.

Despite the visitors' commendable bowling performance, both batsmen fell shortly after.

Bridgwater's in-form duo, Charlie Sharland and Alex Eckland, painstakingly reconstructed the innings amidst challenging conditions posed by Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Peiris and former Kent left armer Adam Ball.

Sharland made a critical contribution of 25 before falling victim to Ball, who caught him at the boundary.

Nevertheless, Eckland found a steady partner in Mike Coles.

Together, they added 55 more to Bridgwater's score which crossed the 200-mark.

Ryan Thorpe brought in the much-needed momentum, smashing a bold 51 off just 19 balls, lifting Bridgwater to 259 for 9.

Following Bridgwater's exceptional tea time, they met with an unfortunate start.

However, Bridgwater’s new ball duo, Matty Burton and Pearson-Taylor, managed to reduce Burbage to a disheartening 4 for 3 in the first 4 overs.

Yet, Trego seemed to be in good form, alongside supporting partner Herb Berridge, who reclaimed 62 runs for the 4th wicket before being dismissed by Dan Williams.

Burbage then witnessed a quick fall from 66 for 4 to 79 for 5 following the dismissal of their captain Cope.

Burbage's former Kent professional, Adam Ball attempted rescuing the situation by bolstering the lower order.

Despite the commendable efforts of Burbage's players, Bridgwater's Pearson-Taylor and Burton secured the final two wickets, sealing Bridgwater's victory.

This weekend, Bridgwater will be hosting Bishopston, with the match starting at 10.30am due to the Euro 2024 football match.

This much-awaited match also marks the return of Carlos Brathwaite from his World Cup duties.

While on July 3, Bridgwater will host Wellington for the quarter-final of the Somerset Major Cup, starting at 6pm.