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High-flying Painswick suffer six-wicket defeat



UNBEATEN Thornbury stormed 45 points clear at the top of WEPL Premier Two Glos/Wilts with a six-wicket triumph away to Painswick who started the day in second place.

The home side could muster only 154 after winning the toss, Luke Woolway top scoring on 63 as the wickets were shared by Gloucestershire’s Chris Dent (3-24), Robbie O’Donnell (2-26), Jack Worgan (2-28) and Harry Cornwall (2-33).

And opener Chris Gibson (61) then led the charge for Thornbury who are now nine from nine at the midpoint of the campaign.

Dumbleton are back up to second following a 156-run triumph at Chippenham which featured 66 from Tommy Boorman plus fine efforts in the field from Ross Martin (4-45), Ollie Horne (3-18) and Northamptonshire’s Alex Russell (3-21).

Cheltenham moved up to fifth courtesy of a seven-wicket win at Corsham, Josh Breed compiling an unbeaten 72, while Hatherley & Reddings succumbed to Avenbury by 32 runs.

In Premier One, Bishopston are up to seventh following a four-wicket triumph away to struggling Frocester while Bristol trumped Lansdown by seven wickets.

Bedminster inflicted a first defeat of the summer on Bath, Paul Muchall taking 2-40 and finishing unbeaten on 42 against his former team-mates.

Downend, the Premier Two Bristol/Somerset pacemakers, cruised in by eight wickets at Weston-super-Mare, Cani Gunaratnam bagging 5-45 from ten.

And Golden Hill remained in touch with a 58-run success at Wellington, skipper Daz Ahmed top scoring on 76 from 46.

Gloucestershire division leaders Tewkesbury crushed Corse & Staunton by 178 runs, Josh Barnes missing out on a century by just one run before three wickets apiece for Sanath Jayawardhana, Matt Stevens and Wade Ridsdale secured the spoils.

Gloucester remain second despite a 33-run setback at Chipping Sodbury for whom Jamie Wakefield took 4-45.

Charlton Kings were skittled for 69 and suffered a 177-run home thumping by Bourton Vale, Will Faulkner (6-23) and Max Shepherd (4-16) the danger men.

It was tighter at Langford where Stroud squeezed in by one wicket, and Frocester 2nds moved off the foot of the table with the same margin of victory away to Rockhampton, Jeewaka Sashin shining with a crucial unbeaten 63.

Bristol & North Somerset leaders Knowle were seven wicket home victors against Twyford House while second placed OB Westbury saw off struggling Stapleton by seven wickets.

Opener Max Trotman plundered 124 from 112 (21 fours) to point Brislington towards a 277-run home humbling of Bristol 2nds who were raced out for only 56, James Riley striking with figures of 6-21.

Bradley Stoke eased past Bath 2nd by 85 runs with half centuries from Owen Onslow, Shahzad Ahmad and captain Dan Laver while Steve Snell’s second successive century helped power Bedminster 2nds past Bristol West Indian Phoenix by 141 runs.


CHARLIE Bailey grabbed a hat-trick en route to fine figures of 5-35 from eight but still finished on the losing side as Hatherley & Reddings 2nds eased to a 72-run victory at Fairford in Division Three of the AMS Gloucestershire County League.

Bailey’s efforts helped restrict the visitors to a total of 203 which was dominated by opener Noah Bennett’s 134 from 106 (20 fours, one six) with the next highest scorer on 16.

Fairford then came up short as Nirvaan Jain and Aditya Rathore both claimed three wickets.

Leaders Dumbleton eased past Gloucester AIW by 28 runs, Charlie Garratt compiling 106 at the top of the order.

And at the other end of the table there was a first win for Cricklade who trumped Chipping Sodbury 2nds by four wickets, Chris Nicholas unbeaten on 70.

Division One leaders Aston Ingham were 38-run victors at Great Rissington, Anthony James top scoring on 62 while skipper Andy Weeks reached 108 as second placed Thornbury 2nds trumped Cirencester by 75 runs.

Tom Wand (74) and Chris Job (63) led the way as Division Two pacesetters Tetbury saw off nearest rivals Cheltenham 2nds by two wickets to open up a 22-point lead at the top.

Opener Dan Spence took centre stage with 106 off 104 (14 fours, two sixes) for Churchdown who coasted to a seven-wicket triumph against Corse & Staunton 2nds in Division Four.

Kingsholm 2nds, the leaders of Division Five, dispatched their Lydney counterparts by 130 runs, Caleb White (85) and opener John Veits (75) playing key roles.

And there was a first win in Division Six for Apperley 2nds who overcame fellow strugglers Tormarton by four wickets.

Steve Rice produced one of the spells of the day to finish with 5-13 from eight for Cam 2nds who remain top of Division Seven following a nine-wicket defeat of Oakridge.

And Eastcombe chased down a target of 247 at home to Painswick 2nds with 14 balls to spare, skipper James Maxwell unbeaten on 127 (11 fours, ten sixes).

Openers Ali Smith (93) and Steve Jones (63) gave Haresfield Gladiators a strong start away to Tetbury 2nds who rallied to complete a four-wicket victory, David Sharpe top scoring on 81.

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