Slee­man and Stone lay the foun­da­tions for Lyd­ney’s em­phatic win

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

» LYD­NEY re­cov­ered from an un­promis­ing 16-2 to to­tal 251-4 at home to pro­moted Glouces­ter AIW Sports and pave the way for a com­mand­ing 214-run Divi­sion One vic­tory on the open­ing day of the Greene King IPA Glouces­ter­shire County League cam­paign.

Henry Slee­man fin­ished un­beaten on 84 and shared an un­bro­ken stand of 138 with Jor­dan Stone (67) after Jack Knox had ear­lier dug in for an im­por­tant 57.

Lyd­ney then found a test­ing line and length with the ball as AIW were rushed out for only 37 by Corey Not­ley-barnard (4-19) and Jack O’con­nell (3-16, both from nine).

Apperley cruised in by eight wick­ets at Thorn­bury II who were dis­missed for 81, while Sau­rav Ka­math (5-18) and Liam Brignull (3-16) set up Charl­ton Kings’ five-wicket home vic­tory against Red­mar­ley.

Matt Cay­less steered King­sholm to a tense two-wicket win at Chip­ping Sod­bury with an un­beaten 43, opener Sam Warner con­tribut­ing 55, while Tom Cum­mings (4-37) and Udit Talati (3-29, both from nine) shone for Chel­tenham 2nds who edged Poul­ton by 43 runs.

West­bury-on-sev­ern, bid­ding to bounce straight back to Divi­sion One, held their nerve for a six-run tri­umph at Cin­der­ford St John.

Dan Hock­a­day (34) and opener Ian Dunn (33) were the only men to shine in Chel­tenham’s chal­lenge of 127 be­fore Greg Ar­tus (5-25 from nine) put the skids un­der Saints.

Karl Lin­ney’s 5-25 from nine saw Divi­sion Two new­com­ers As­ton Ing­ham to a 140-run suc­cess away to Hather­ley & Reddings II while Chip­ping Cam­p­den, also pro­moted, won by 43 runs at Old­lands thanks to Dan Moore’s haul of 4-26.

In Divi­sion Three, Framp­ton-on­sev­ern rushed past Fro­ces­ter III by ten wick­ets. Dan Halsey (3-15 from nine) was the pick of the at­tack be­fore Lee Driver-dick­er­son (55) led the Framp­ton charge.

Open­ers Ge­orge Bai­ley (78) and Jer Westwood (77) starred in Hawkesbury Up­ton’s 47-run vic­tory at Great Riss­ing­ton while Lang­ford suc­cumbed by two wick­ets away to Rock­hamp­ton 2nds for whom Will Brisco captured 3-38, and Alex Evans and Ryan Walker bagged three wick­ets each for Tet­bury who downed Chip­ping Sod­bury 2nds by six wick­ets.

Birdlip & Brimps­field, pro­moted to Divi­sion Four, kicked off with a 132-run home vic­tory against Chel­tenham Civil Ser­vice II, Kent Par­tridge, Ge­orge Smith and Ge­orge James pock­et­ing three wick­ets apiece.

Paul En­gle­brecht’s 5-10 could not stop Dy­mock se­cur­ing a low-scor­ing one-wicket win at home to Dum­ble­ton II while captain Jack Cowles plun­dered 103 off 104 (13 fours and a six) for Newent, who romped in by 178 runs at home to Fair­ford.

In Divi­sion Five there were wins for new­com­ers Charl­ton Kings II and Cirences­ter II, over King’s Stan­ley and Hares­field Gla­di­a­tors, re­spec­tively.

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