It was an exciting weekend in the Gloucestershire County Cricket League this weekend and the Gloucestershire Cricket Board’s Steve Hill talks us through the key results and moments.
Nick Jayne was in fantastic all-round form for Ruardean Hill who continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 149-run win away to Down Hatherley in Division Seven of the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.
Jayne’s day began in style with 129 as his side piled up a useful 45-over total of 245-8, Paul Weaving weighing in with 79 as Matt Anderson and Jon Thompson captured three wickets apiece.
And Jayne was equally irresistible with the ball, finishing with figures of 5-19 as Down Hatherley folded to 96 all out.
Ruardean Hill find themselves in second place, just two points behind Whitminster who brushed past Poulton 2nds by 224 runs.
Ross Wakely led the charge with 137 and Pars Ghadiali was unbeaten on 89 in an imposing 277-2 before Poulton folded to 53 all out, Ghadiali taking 3-1 from four while Joe McGoldrick (3-3) and Robbie Helliwell (3-14) also shone.
Apperley are the only remaining unbeaten side in Division One following their 119-run home success which included 101 for Mike Provis.
Cheltenham 2nds, who were second at the start of the day, slipped up by two wickets at Chipping Sodbury for whom Josh Morris and Shane O’Neill shared an unbroken ninth wicket partnership of 38 to seal their side’s first win of the summer.
High-flying Lydney dispatched Redmarley by 47 runs, James Legge (73) and opener Mike Toolis (61) finding form, and 68 from Benny Ellis was crucial to Charlton Kings’ 23-run triumph at Poulton.
Thornbury 2nds continued their good start after being promoted with a 24-run home defeat of Kingsholm, skipper Marcus Wormwell leading from the front with 70.
Tim Dulson’s 105 was the highlight of Division Two leaders Aston Ingham’s 83-run home win over Shurdington while Cam are also three from three after overcoming local rivals Oldlands by 158 runs, skipper Ryan Malpass blasting 117.
Opener Jake Nickell hit 106 to see Hatherley & Reddings 2nds to a first win of the campaign, a seven-wicket home defeat of Chipping Campden while Matt King (4-37) and Paul Adams (4-40) bowled Woodmancote Saints to a 105-run home win over Cinderford St John.
Joss Beeley (3-22 from nine) was the pick of the attack for Hawkesbury Upton who edged out Woodpeckers by 42 runs for a third win in Division Three while Rockhampton 2nds also continued their unbeaten start with a 153-run triumph away to Frocester 3rds.
Mitch Thomas hit 96 at the top of the order for Great Rissington who slipped up by seven wickets at home to Langford for whom Henry Findlay-Wilson (70) and skipper Matt Clark (61) shared a match-winning stand.
James King (4-38) set up Tetbury’s six-wicket home win over Frampton-on-Severn, and Alex Pockett starred with 80 in Cranham’s 128-run defeat of Chipping Sodbury 2nds.
Captain Jack Cowles, meanwhile, was in inspirational form for Division Four leaders Newent against Dumbleton 2nds, hitting 54 and taking 4-40 in a 63-run success.
Bourton Vale 2nds also stretched their unbeaten record by downing Cheltenham Civil Service 2nds by 71 runs, skipper Andy Phillips leading the way with 154.
Dan Gadsden’s 100 for Birdlip & Brimpsfield was in vain as his side faltered by six wickets at home to Fairford, and Matt Cox’s burst of 5-25 ensured Tewkesbury 2nds thumped their Lydney counterparts by seven wickets.
In Division Five, Jack Tyrer (123) and Julian Jones (116) made hay for Corse & Staunton 2nds in a 172-run victory over Witcombe.
And in Division Six, opener Paul Paginton just missed out on a ton when he reached an unbeaten 96 for leaders Cricklade who trumped Lechlade by 160 runs, Andy Cox capturing 4-22.
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