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HOWZAT! Steve Hill’s cricket round-up

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TIM Griffiths grabbed two crucial wickets in three balls to clinch Charlton Kings a tense five-run home victory over Gloucester in WEPL’s Gloucestershire division.

The visitors appeared to be edging towards the spoils at 284-8 as they closed in on a rain-calculated target of 292 with ten deliveries left.

But Griffiths then had John Barlow caught and, after conceding two runs off the next ball, bowled Thom Wilshaw to seal the spoils and move Kings up a place to fourth.

Opener Sam Hewitt (80) and Dan Brabham (72) had earlier given Gloucester’s reply a bright start while Tom Collinson kept his side in contention with a breezy 46 from 33 before falling victim to Gavin Williams, setting up the dramatic finish.

The day began with Andy Downes top scoring on exactly 100 off 120 (nine fours, five sixes) and fellow opener Dave Boon struck 48 in Kings’ challenge of 288 from 44.

Leaders Tewkesbury eased past Stroud by eight wickets to make it seven from seven, opener Tom Stevens unbeaten on 105 from 111 (12 fours, five sixes) after Sanath Jayawardhana’s fine burst of 5-25 from eight.

Promoted Langford made it two in a row, dispatching Rockhampton by five wickets after Matt Bicker’s superb 5-27 from nine, while Corse & Staunton edged Frocester 2nds by two wickets and Bourton Vale were six wicket victors at Chipping Sodbury.

In Premier One, Frocester slipped to the foot of the table after suffering a sixth successive setback, succumbing by 69 runs at home to Taunton St Andrews.

Bishopston went down by one wicket in a thriller at Potterne, despite the efforts of opener Tristan Jungbauer (68) and Dan Harris (4-35 from ten) while Bedminster slipped up by 36 runs at home to Lansdown.

Bristol’s home clash with Burbage & Easton Royal fell victim to the weather.

Thornbury, the Premier Two Glos/Wilts pacesetters, marched on with a seven wicket win in a 20-over contest at Hatherley & Reddings while Dumbleton moved up a place to second despite a one-wicket reverse at Goatacre where captain Myles Holland compiled an unbeaten 110 off 137 (four fours, ten sixes).

Cheltenham went down by a wicket at home to bottom side Avebury but Painswick trumped Corsham by six wickets, brothers Matt (4-47) and Jon Conolly (3-37) both shining.

Downend remain top of Premier Two Bristol/Somerset following an 89-run victory at Clevedon while third placed Golden Hill saw off Taunton Deane by nine wickets, Jacob Stevenson finishing with 4-15 from nine.

Knowle stretched their 100 per cent record to seven outings in Bristol & North Somerset, veteran opener Mark Coombes unbeaten on 103 off 117 (12 fours, one six) and Sam Bendall claiming 6-25 from eight.

At the other end of the table, there was a first win for Stapleton who eeked out a one-wicket victory at home to Bristol 2nds while Bristol West Indian Phoenix trumped Bradley Stoke by seven wickets.

Inbetween the showers, Brislington defeated in-form OB Westbury by five wickets but Twyford House suffered a five wicket home setback against Bath 2nds despite captain Rich Trotman’s unbeaten 98.

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KING’S Stanley edged previously unbeaten Arcadian Nine Elms by 32 runs and, in the process, leapfrogged their rivals to go top of Division Six of the AMS Gloucestershire County League.

Josh Gray (45 not), Lachlan Gibson (35) and skipper Jamie Bish (32) top scored as the visitors reached 175-7 after losing the toss.

And it proved to be enough as Arcadian Nine Elms were dismissed for 143, Jack Clement, Liam Terrel and James Harley capturing two wickets apiece.

Langford 2nds consolidated third place with a six wicket success in a rain-affected clash at Winchcombe, Scott Haley unbeaten on 61.

Division One leaders Thornbury 2nds trumped Cheltenham Civil Service by seven wickets, opener Ed Webb unbeaten on 76.

And closest rivals Aston Ingham were three-run home victors in a rain-hit clash against third-placed Hawkesbury Upton for whom skipper George’s Bailey unbeaten 107 from 135 (13 fours, two sixes) proved to be in vain.

Cheltenham 2nds, the Division Two pacesetters, were 18-run victors away to their Tewkesbury counterparts, Mohammed Rahman contributing a crucial unbeaten 68 and taking 2-15 from six.

And an unbroken stand of 77 between Luke Smith (83) and Hugh Leeke (53) set up Apperley for a 71-run home triumph over Shurdington.

In Division Three, leaders Dumbleton 2nds held off Chipping Sodbury by 12 runs, opener Lewis Rollinson unbeaten on 104 from 131 (13 fours).

And Rohit Makena produced one of the bowling spells of the day to bag 5-16 from 5.2 for Ullenwood Bharat to seal a 34-run triumph at Fairford.

Leaders Bourton Vale 2nds brushed past Frocester 3rds by nine wickets in Division Four, and opener Ali Parker (79) and 3-38 from George James helped Charlton Kings 2nds forge a 24-run triumph away to Churchdown.

Whitminster made it seven from seven at the top of Division Five, Ben French unbeaten on 55 in a four wicket home defeat of closest rivals Cheltenham 3rds.

And at the other end of the table, there was an emphatic first success for Cheltenham Civil Service 2nds who romped past Down Hatherley by nine wickets, opener Adrian Mayes unbeaten on 70.

Cam 2nds, the Division Seven leaders, pulled clear of second placed Tetbury 2nds with a 19-run away victory while Hatherley & Reddings 3rds, third at the start of the day, lost by five wickets at Eastcombe.

And an unbeaten 50 from opener Paul Weaving helped Ruardean Hill to an eight-wicket home success over Oaksey.

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