Nar­row de­feat Chel­tenham edged out in sea­son’s opener

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

CHEL­TENHAM’S re­turn to the West of Eng­land Premier One ended in a two-wicket de­feat by Pot­terne at the Vic­to­ria Ground, writes Tom Quin­ton.

Newly captain Nick Evans missed the game through in­jury mean­ing Kieran Smith took charge, how­ever his team were soon in trou­ble at 16-5.

Josh Breed (80) re­built Chel­tenham’s in­nings as they reached 165-7 from their 50 overs.

Chel­tenham got off to a promis­ing start with the ball as Pot­terne slipped to 9-2 then 51-3.

Sam Did­cote (4-32) came close to bowl­ing Chel­tenham to vic­tory when he had Jake Good­win (61) caught with a fur­ther 32 runs needed for vic­tory but the Pot­terne lower or­der stood firm as they crossed the line in the 38 th over.

In the Glos/wilt­shire divi­sion,

Dum­ble­ton lost by 15 runs to Chip­pen­ham.

Chip­pen­ham fell to 70-2 be­fore Peter Hick­er­ton (78) and Ralph Hard­wick (72) set the hosts 237 for vic­tory, Will Sharpe (4-44) star­ring for Dum­ble­ton.

Hard­wick (3-36) then took two early wick­ets to leave Dum­ble­ton reel­ing on 11-2 but Mitch Ham­mond (52) and Edd Bragg (32) got the in­nings on track but Hard­wick re­turned to dis­miss Scott Tre­main (38) as Dum­ble­ton were bowled out for 221.

It was a day to for­get for the pro­moted clubs to the Glouces­ter­shire divi­sion with Pain­swick and Corse & Staunton bowled out for un­der 100 in de­feats by Glouces­ter and Rock­hamp­ton.

Tewkes­bury beat Chel­tenham Civil Ser­vice by five wick­ets.

Adrian Mayes (61) was the main­stay of the Ser­vice in­nings as they closed on 197-7, Adam Brookes (3-32) the pick of the bowlers be­fore a 70 run fifth-wicket stand be­tween Tom All­coat (51*) and Alex Oliver (46) eased Tewkes­bury to vic­tory.

Cirences­ter beat Fro­ces­ter II by six wick­ets. Will Helmke (55) was the main­stay of the Fro­ces­ter in­nings as Jock Jamieson-black (3-35) pegged back the mid­dle or­der.

A 95-run third wicket stand be­tween broth­ers Jamie (62*)and Jono (47) Jamieson-black saw Cirences­ter cruise over the line in the 42nd over.

Hather­ley & Reddings got off to a win­ning start as they recorded a four­wicket vic­tory over Bour­ton Vale.

Vale lost reg­u­lar wick­ets on their way to 179-9, and Hather­ley made light work of the chase as they reg­is­tered a win in­side 30 overs.

Tom Drake bowl­ing dur­ing his spell of 4-29 for Fro­ces­ter against Bid­de­stone

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