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Howzat! Steve Hill’s cricket review

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JONO Jamieson-Black produced one of the innings of the season, plundering 169 off only 117 for Cirencester who kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation from WEPL’s Gloucester division with a a 136-run triumph away to Frocester 2nds.

The visitors, who lost the toss, lost an early wicket but rallied superbly to eventually pile up 347-6 from 45 with Jon and brother Jamie sharing a stand of 216 for the third wicket.

Jono thumped 21 fours and seven sixes while Jamie’s 88 from 65 included seven fours and six sixes.

In reply, Frocester were soon on the ropes at 45-6 but were eventually all out for 211 thanks mainly to No 10 Tom Drake’s 71 from 35, Charlie Brook claiming 4-45.

Ciren moved off the foot of the table but still trail eighth-placed Charlton Kings by 15 points with three rounds of matches to go.

Kings stayed out of the bottom two with a 54-run home win against Stroud, James Williams top scoring on 88.

Cheltenham Civil Service are now propping up the table after suffering a heartbreaking one-wicket home reverse against leaders Tewkesbury.

Brad Attwood’s 52 helped Civil Service total 190, and it was very nearly enough as the promotion favourites then had to work hard for the spoils, George Leadbetter claiming 3-28.

Dumbleton were 110-run victors at Bourton Vale, captain Ross Martin dismissed for exactly 100, and Chipping Sodbury trumped Gloucester by five wickets.

Frocester consolidated fifth place in Premier One with a 136-run caning of Taunton Deane, captain Will Naish top scoring on 53 and Ryan Kilmister claiming 4-26 from eight.

And Bedminster edged Taunton St Andrews by 29 runs, Max Tryfonos following up a ten-wicket haul during the week for Cornwall with a return of 4-38.

Bishopston and Golden Hill continue to battle it out at the top of Premier Two Bristol/Somerset for the one promotion place.

Leaders Bish thumped Downend by nine wickets in a 20-over contest and Golden Hill were five-wicket home winners against Midsomer Norton.

The two rivals meet on August 26 in a clash which will go a long way towards deciding who will be bound for Premier One next year.

It’s also very tight at the top of Premier Two Glos/Wilts with only three points between the leading three sides.

Pacesetters Thornbury went down to a surprise two-wicket defeat at Marshfield, and Hatherley & Reddings slipped from second to third following a six-wicket home setback against Corsham.

Cheltenham, meanwhile, were seven-wicket winners at bottom side Corse & Staunton.

Milo Ayres smashed 158 off only 88 (17 fours, ten sixes) for Brislington who romped past Bristol & North Somerset leaders Congresbury in a rain-hit clash by five wickets.

Winterbourne edged out of the bottom two for the first time this season with a five-wicket victory at neighbours and fellow strugglers Frenchay.

Bristol West Indian Phoenix saw off Knowle by five wickets, and Twyford House completed a four-wicket triumph at Bristol 2nds, Alex Wilson thrashing an unbeaten 52 off just 23 (five fours, four sixes).

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ROSS Wakely pounded an unbeaten 169 – the highest individual score this season in the AMS Gloucestershire County League – for visiting Whitminster who trumped Parkend by 69 runs in Division Five.

Wakely’s superb innings dominated his side’s imposing total of 279-6 after losing the toss, Tim Andrew capturing 4-53.

In reply, Parkend were eventually dismissed for 210 in the 38th over to remain in the bottom three.

At the other end of the table, leaders Quedgeley & Hardwicke rushed past Oldlands by 129 runs, skittling their visitors for just 65 as Ellis Waugh (3-1 from two) and Adam Hopkins (3-29 from eight) led the charge.

Aston Ingham, the Division One pacesetters, eased past Kingsholm by eight wickets, opener Angus Bartlett top scoring on 78, while second-placed Langford were 86-run victors at Lydney, Ollie Perks banking 3-17 from four.

In Division Two, Cam wasted no time in racing to a nine-wicket home triumph against Newent who were shot out for 42 by Alex Atkinson (5-27) and George Dolling (4-11, both from nine) ahead of securing a nine-wicket triumph.

Opener Duan St Arnaud (117) paved the way for leaders Great Rissington to defeat Shurdington by 94 runs while Craig Stow’s spell of 5-34 from nine was a highlight of Redmarley’s three-wicket success away to Cheltenham 2nds.

There was a remarkable finish in Division Three where Cinderford St John edged Cricklade by just one run.

Saints were all out for 160, Mark House (42) top scoring against Adam Robbins (5-47), before in reply Cricklade appeared to be in full control at 152-5, Alex Kill hitting 52.

But five wickets then fell in quick succession as Saints turned the screw for a memorable win.

Matt Petherick (5-12) shone for Stroud 2nds in a ten-wicket home thumping of their Kingsholm counterparts in Division Four where opener Matt Nicholson top scored on 104 for leaders Dumbleton 2nds in a 126-run home victory against their Frocester rivals.

Unbeaten Divison Six pacesetters Down Hatherley were 21-run victors in a 24-over contest at Tormarton.

And King’s Stanley also extended their unbeaten run in Division Seven with a 114-run success away to Hatherley & Reddings 3rds, Paul Frape hitting 79 and James Weir 78 before James Harley (3-9) and Martyn Kimber (3-39) got to work.

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