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CRICKET: King’s Stanley rise again with an emphatic victory over Charfield

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King’s Stanley is on the march again after being on the brink of folding.

The team captained and galvanised by the experienced Gavin Dean came out on top against Charfield.

Winning the toss, Stanley saw their openers Ian Newns and veteran Stan Smith set about their task well until Smith was to fall to a mistimed drive and was well caught.

Joining Newns was footballer Jaime Bish who played some fantastic shots, including a huge six into the pub car park on his way to a rapid 31, only to fall attempting the same shot and was this time caught.

Rob Higgins then joined Newns and played well for another eye-catching 20, but failed to kick on when looking well set.

Newns batted sensibly to register his maiden 50 of the season and after he was out the lower order all contributed to give Stanley a more than respectable 214 from their 40 overs.

Charfield attempted to start brightly but some lovely deliveries by the evergreen John Thurton senior were too good and he again claimed another five-wicket hall thanks in part to a couple of smart catches from Jack Grant and Marcus Ashmead.

Ed Nash enjoyed a lovely debut with both bat and bowl and rightfully claimed a wicket with one that nipped down the slope leaving Grant to mop up the tail convincingly which left Charfield all out on 71.

King’s Stanley are continuing its search for players to help keep the club alive for this season and beyond and would welcome anyone to get in contact either through the club’s Facebook page or to attend training every Thursday at the ground from 5:30pm.

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