West of England Premier League

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The West of England Premier League (WEPL) is the top level of competition for recreational club cricket in the West of England and is a designated ECB Premier League.[1]

Since its inception in 1999, the most successful club has been Bath, having won the Premier One title on eleven occasions. The only other clubs to have won the title on more than one occasion are Frocester (2007, 2014 and 2015) and Taunton St Andrews (2001 and 2009).

The Premier Division One clubs for 2018 are: Bath, Bedminster, Bridgwater, Bristol, Clevedon, Downend, Frocester, Goatacre, Potterne, and Taunton St Andrews.

Structure[edit]

The WEPL covers the counties of Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and is the top tier of the pyramid structure of leagues in the area. The league has seven divisions, with the top league, Premier One covering the entire region, and the remainder covering more localised areas. The seven divisions each have ten teams, and are split into three distinct 'tiers':

 
 
 
 
 
 
Premier One
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Premier 2 Bristol & Somerset
 
 
 
 
 
Premier 2 Gloucestershire & Wiltshire
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bristol & N.Somerset
 
Somerset
 
Gloucestershire
 
Wiltshire
 


The structure changed after the 2015 season by eliminating Premier Division Two, so that the winners of the Bristol and Somerset Division and the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Division are now promoted directly into Premier Division One.

There are four feeder leagues serving the WEPL, each having a direct link with one of the lower divisions as follows:

Winners[edit]

1999–2006[edit]

Year First tier Second tier Third tier Fourth tier
Premier One Premier Two Bristol & Somerset Glos & Wilts Bristol & N. Som Somerset Glos & Wilts Two
1999 Bath (1)
2000 Bath (2)
2001 Taunton St Andrews (1)
2002 Keynsham Taunton Westlands Sports Frocester Hanham Glastonbury Trowbridge
2003 Bath (3) Frenchay Glastonbury Winget Claverham Taunton Deane Lydney
2004 Cheltenham Glastonbury Taunton Deane Stroud Winterbourne Uphill Castle Swindon
2005 Bath (4) Frocester Bridgwater Trowbridge Westbury and District Winscombe Gloucester City Winget
2006 Bath (5) Weston-super-Mare Knowle Westbury and District Timsbury Minehead Marshfield

2007–2015[edit]

In 2007 Gloucestershire/Wiltshire Two was replaced by separate divisions for Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Year First tier Second tier Third tier Fourth tier
Premier One Premier Two Bristol & Somerset Glos & Wilts Bristol & N. Som Somerset Gloucestershire Wiltshire
2007 Frocester Downend Lansdown Warminster Winterbourne Winscombe Rockhampton Wootton Bassett
2008 Bath (6) Bristol Taunton Chippenham Bedminster Ashcott and Shapwick Stroud Lechlade
2009 Taunton St Andrews (2) Taunton Ashcott and Shapwick Westbury and District Old Bristolians Westbury Chard Hatherley and Reddings Potterne
2010 Bath (7) Downend Bristol West Indians Gloucester City Winget Bishopston Uphill Castle Dumbleton Goatacre
2011 Bath (8) Gloucester City Winget Chard Goatacre Chipping Sodbury Midsomer Norton Painswick Winsley
2012 Bridgwater Ashcott and Shapwick Minehead Cheltenham Frenchay Street Dumbleton Lechlade
2013 Bath (9) Taunton Deane Clevedon Potterne Chew Magna Wembdon Tewkesbury Swindon
2014 Frocester (2) Ilminster Taunton Lechlade Lansdown Frome Apperley Burbage and Easton Royal
2015 Frocester (3) Potterne Bedminster Rockhampton Claverham (Yatton) North Perrott Dumbleton Trowbridge

2016 to date[edit]

In 2016 Premier Two was eliminated, and there were now two divisions in the second tier and four divisions in the third tier.

Year First tier Second tier Third tier
Premier One Bristol & Somerset Glos & Wilts Bristol & N. Som Somerset Gloucestershire Wiltshire
2016 Bath Bedminster Lechlade Claverham (Yatton) Glastonbury Hatherley and Reddings Westbury and District
2017 Bath Taunton St Andrews Goatacre Midsomer Norton Weston super Mare Dumbleton Trowbridge

Performance by season from 1999[edit]

Key
Gold Champions
Red Relegated
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Ashcott and Shapwick 7 10
Bath 1 1 3 3 1 2 1 1 4 1 4 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 x
Bedminster 7 x
Bridgwater 8 8 6 2 3 1 5 5 7 5 8 x
Bristol 1 2 6 3 8 9 8 8 7 6 3 7 8 6 4 x
Bristol West Indians 6 8 9 8 10
Cheltenham 2 4 5 2 1 7 6 7 10
Chippenham ? 3 9
Clevedon 2 5 2 x
Clifton Flax Bourton 1 ? 7
Corsham 2 5 6 6 5 6 4 5 5 8 4 8 6 4 3 10
Downend ? 6 10 9 7 10 5 3 6 4 6 8 5 x
Frenchay 3 10
Frocester 4 1 3 3 4 2 8 2 1 1 2 3 x
Glastonbury 2 3 5 2 7 10
Gloucester City Winget 10
Goatacre x
Ilminster 9 7 10 10
Keynsham ? 8 7 1 6 4 3 8 9 9
Knowle 8 9 9
Lansdown ? 10
Lechlade 9
Optimists 1 ? 10
Potterne 4 6 x
Stroud ? 11
Taunton 7 5 5 9 9 10
Taunton Deane 6 4 9 3 9
Taunton St Andrews 5 1 7 4 7 4 2 2 6 1 3 6 5 4 8 5 9 x
Thornbury ? 4 5 4 8 10 7 10 10
Trowbridge ?
Weston super Mare 9 10 3 5 2 7 9 9
[2] [3] [4][5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]
^1 — Clifton Flax Bourton went out of existence after the 2001 season; many of their players then joined Optimists (originally an offshoot of Clifton) who adopted the name Optimists and Clifton, and changed their name to Bristol in 2005

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