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HOLDERS Bedminster are through to the second round of the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Cup following a high-scoring 20-run home victory against Hatherley & Reddings.

Abid Taniwal (82 from 55), Muhammad Tayyab Nasir (63 from 22), George Davey (54) and Ben Cunliffe (8751) powered the Bristol side to an imposing 330-8.

And Hatherley only just came up short thanks to the efforts of Joel Price (100 from 76), Tom Hage (63 from 30) and James Burton (56), Tayyab Nasir following up with a return of 3-48.

Also into the next round are Charlton Kings who returned home with a seven-wicket success at Winterbourne.

Ed Birkett’s return of 5-25 from eight restricted Winterbourne to just 131 all out before Anthony McLaughlin (46 not) led the charge for Kings.

Ties scheduled for Sunday include Bristol home to Chipping Sodbury, Frocester hosting Bishopston and Golden Hill entertaining cross-city rivals Twyford House.

Kingsholm, meanwhile, eased past Golden Hill 2nds by 121 runs to reach the third round of the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy.

Skipper Matt Cayless led from the front with a terrific unbeaten 137 off 105 (19 fours, three sixes) while Dom Court contributed 59 to a 40-over total of 272-8,  Will Schofield finishing with 3-42 from eight.

Luke Bond then led Kingsholm’s charge with the ball, grabbing 4-51 including the wickets of Simon Hygate (40) and John Colley (35) as the home side folded to 151 all out.

Kingsholm now travel to Pucklechurch on Sunday when Langford host Gloucester AIW and Lydney are home to Hambrook.

CAPTAIN Will Naish took centerstage with two stand-out performances as Frocester won their way through to the WEPL semi-finals in qualifying for a place in the national rounds of the ECB National Club Twenty20.

The all-rounder crashed an unbeaten 113 off only 60 (nine fours, nine sixes) as his side chased down a target of 214 against Painswick with four balls to spare.

And he followed up with figures of 4-12 from four as Stroud were then restricted to 122-9 ahead of Frocester romping in by eight wickets with more than 11 overs to spare.

Also into the last four are Bristol who dispatched hosts Congresbury by seven wickets and then overcame Golden Hill by 92 runs.

Captain Louie Shaw’s 65 ensured Bristol prevailed against Congresbury while Nic Halstead Cleak paved the way for the Golden Hill win by hammering an unbeaten 108 from only 70 (13 fours, two sixes) before Richi Panchal pounced with a return of 4-9.

Bath went through with a comfortable win over Chippenham after Trowbridge withdrew from their group, and that means the final semi-final place is between hosts Bridgwater, Lansdown and Taunton St Andrews who meet on July 9.

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