CORNWOOD were on the receiving end of a 118-run battering by Sandford, who wanted a bounce-back win after losing to their unbeaten record to Bradninch & Kentisbeare.

The Wood had been hoping to wipe out the seven-point differential between Sandford at the top but to no avail.

Sandford made 260 all out in the last of their 50 overs with Aryan Lakra and skipper Jackson Thompson both making half-centuries.

No one got as far as 40 for Cornwood, who were bowled out for 142, largely by Lakra and Thompson.

Elliott Staddon, the Cornwood captain, said: “We were beaten by the better side on the day.

“We let Sandford get too many in the first innings and their spinners made it tough to score and built pressure on the chase.”

Cornwood may have lost this particular battle, but there is plenty of time for a counter offensive.

“There are areas to improve on but there is a lot of the season left,” said Staddon.