Taunton beat Downend in WEPL despite Jackson’s hat-trick in 9-27 spell

It was an exciting weekend in the West of England Premier League this weekend and the Gloucestershire Cricket Board’s Steve Hill talks us through the key results and moments. 

Matt Jackson finished with career-best figures of 9-27, including the hat-trick, but Downend were still unable to overcome Taunton St Andrews who ran out 44-run victors in Premier One of the Courage West of England Premier League.

The 39-year-old sparked a Saints collapse from 124-1 to 165 all out thanks to a wonderful spell of seam bowling.

But Downend also struggled on home territory, despite the efforts of captain Jordan Garrett (39) and Matt Crawford (24), and eventually fell well short.

Bristol slipped to a nine-wicket home reverse against Bath, but Bedminster are up to third after completing a nerve-tingling three-run victory away to newcomers Cheltenham.

The Bristol side’s challenge of 207-8 owed much to a seventh wicket partnership of 88 between Matt Brewer (55) and captain Tom Smith (50 not), George Pritchard claiming 4-55.

And Cheltenham, seeking their first win of the summer, then came up just short as paceman Adrian Neill (3-30), seamer Jack Gibbs (2-38) and Smith (2-41) kept the pressure on.

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In Premier Two Bristol/Somerset, Gloucestershire’s Benny Howell starred with 102 in Bishopston’s five-wicket home success over Taunton.

And county colleagues James Bracey (125) and Chris Dent (63) saw Winterbourne to an eight-wicket home thumping of Shapwick & Polden.

Frocester made it three wins in a row in Premier Two Glos/Wilts after trumping Goatacre by eight wickets while Thornbury dispatched Dumbleton by 114 runs with openers Dan Lezar (86) and Dan Davis (85) leading the way.

But promoted Stroud are still looking for their first win after finishing seven runs short at home to Trowbridge.

Hatherley & Reddings stretched their 100 per cent record in the Gloucestershire division to five outings, comfortably outplaying Painswick by 102 runs, Tom Hage contributing 86 and Nipuna Gamage taking 4-6 as the newcomers folded from 107-3 to 126 all out.

Ryan Newhook (4-18) starred as Cirencester were rumbled for 75 and a 138-run home setback against Bourton Vale while Corse & Staunton edged Frocester 2nds by one wicket and Rockhampton were one-run home victors over Tewkesbury.

In the final game, there were three wickets apiece for Will Fell and George Leadbetter as Cheltenham Civil Service saw off Gloucester by 17 runs.

Iraq Thomas, who smashed a 21-ball T20 century in his home country of Tobago in 2016, was unbeaten on 93 off just 37 deliveries for Bristol West Indian Phoenix  who overcame Twyford House by 57 runs.

Bristol 2nds are five from five following a 26-run win away to their Bath counterparts, captain Archie Fellowes top scoring on 45.

Next up for Bristol is a trip to Frenchay who were bowled out for 58 in a 198-run thumping at Knowle.

South African Darryl Losper’s 93 off 101 balls plus 62 from Jack Weston saw the home side to a total of 256-9 before Frenchay folded to Sam Britton (5-22).

Brislington made it two in a row with a five-wicket success away to newcomers Timsbury, and Stapleton were edged by 48 runs by Congresbury.


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