TRULL have set their sights on continuing their progress after securing their fourth promotion in as many seasons.

The club’s first XI recorded their 15th straight win on Saturday, beating North Newton by four wickets thanks to half-centuries from Andy Clark (64) and Keith Ford (83).

Earlier, Greg Walters had taken 2-58 as the Newts posted 253-4 – Andrew Jenkins scoring 69, Carl Clemenson 65no and Cameron Street 66.

That wasn't quite enough, though, as despite Miles Barham claiming 3-51, Clark and Ford's half-centuries set the platform for Brian Stone (39no) and Danny Parsons (9no) to see Trull home in 37.5 overs.

Trull chairman Richard Lines, one of several figures at the club formerly involved with Bishops Lydeard, said: “We have had an exceptional few years.

“I joined the club eight years ago and we moved from the West Somerset League into a low level in the Somerset League.

"We have built steadily since then and I am very pleased with what we have achieved.

“As well as the promotions, we were named Somerset Cricket League club of the year in 2016 and 2018, which is a great achievement for a small club.

“Teams enjoy coming to play us and playing on a good wicket.

"This season, we lost our first two games but once we got our regular squad back together we haven’t stopped winning.”

Next up is the Premier Division, a challenge Trull are relishing.

“For the past couple of years I have thought we may have found our level,” Lines said.

“But the players are ambitious and plenty of them want to keep going to an even higher level.”

Asked whether Trull could, in the longer term, compete on a level playing field with Taunton’s ‘big three’ (Taunton, St Andrew’s, Deane), Lines said: “It is very difficult, as their depth of resources is so much greater.

"We don’t currently have a youth set-up, which we will be correcting, and next year we will be on a par with Staplegrove.

“We certainly wouldn’t fear playing the big three but the depth within the clubs is so different.”