Breed’s ton in vain as Cheltenham still look for first win of season
CHELTENHAM’S search for a first Premier One victory of the season continues as Bridgwater eased to a sevenwicket victory at the Victoria Ground.
Overseas all-rounder Josh Breed continued his excellent form with the bat but his 101 was in vain as he became the second batsman in consecutive weeks to score a hundred and end on the losing side.
Bridgwater bowler Chris Skidmore backed up the decision to bowl first as his two early wickets left the hosts struggling on 16-2 but captain Nick Evans (31), looked to rebuild with Breed as the pair added 65 for the third wicket.
Two more quick wickets fell and Cheltenham looked in trouble at 106-5 however Michael Kelly (41) pushed the score towards 200.
Somerset’s Max Waller (2-50) accounted for Breed straight after the South African had brought up his century as Cheltenham stuttered to 233-9 from their 50 overs.
Luke Sellers (2-38) got the home side off to a good start and when Jason Oakes (35) was ran out Cheltenham were in the game with the visitors 116-3.
However an unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 121 between Kent’s Callum Haggett (90*) and Stuart Butt (67*) saw Bridgewater ease over the line with nine balls to spare.
Dumbleton made it back to back wins as they beat Biddestone by 44 runs in Premier Two Gloswilts.
Tom Clarkson (70) top scored, well supported by Mitch Hammond (58) and Scott Tremain (35) as the home side amassed 267-8.
Dumbleton captain Adam Stuart starred with the ball as his 4-43 helped his team over the line despite the best efforts of Biddestone opener Dwaine Perry (102)
Stroud went down by four wickets to unbeaten Burbage & Easton Royal as they set the visitors a testing 253 for victory after half centuries from captain Tom Horrell (74) and Paul Frape (53).
But an unbeaten 103 from captain and wicket keeper David Cope saw the visitors make light work of the target.
Frocester registered a first league victory of the season, beating Thornbury by two wickets.
Thornbury were reduced to 28-3 and finished on 184-9 before openers Callum Gegg and Chris Whincup put on with an attacking partnership of 92 in 17 overs.
Both fell with the total at 92 and Will Naish and Andy Solomons fell shortly after as Frocester
slipped to 158-7.
An invaluable 23 run partnership between debutant Jack Worgan and Ashley Davis, took Frocester to the brink of victory and Davis and Alex Russell secured the victory.
Hatherley & Reddings continued to impress in WEPL Gloucestershire as an unbeaten 102* from Tom Hage helped set up a 130 run victory over Cirencester.
Hage’s knock laid the platform as Hatherley set the visitors 276 and after opening spell of 3-12 from Daniel Jones, the target never looked in sight.
Nipuma Gamage (3-15) took the final three wickets Cirencester lost their last five batsman or 11 runs as Hatherley remained unbeaten and top of the table.
Gloucester hammered Tewkesbury by 171 runs as Ankit Patel (107) and a brutal 71 from 40 balls from David Hemmings helped the home side post a daunting 350-5.
Patel (3-31) chipped in with the ball as Tewkesbury slumped to 65-5 and never recovered as they were bowled out for 179.
Cheltenham Civil Service’s struggles continue as Charlie Garrett (4-33) helped bowl Bourton Vale to a tight eight-run win.
Joseph Madyembwa’s three wickets had put Service into a good position as the hosts were bowled out for 226.
The reply got off to a poor start as the visitors lost both their openers cheaply but Matthew Kelland (61) steadied the innings however Garrett took four crucial wickets as Service fell from 205-7 to 218 all out.
Frocester II failed to capitalise on a commanding position as a century stand between Ross Martin (71) and Nick Marment (38) helped save Painswick after Richard Cave (4-42) had the home side in trouble.
Jack Hobbis (4-31) tore the middle order apart as Frocester II were bowled out for 160 and the hosts’ reply got off to the worst of starts as Frocester looked set to bowl out the hosts cheaply before Martin’s knock saw Painswick home.
Corse & Staunton registered a first WEPL win as they claimed a 41 run victory over Rockhampton.
Jon Tegg (58) top scored for C&S as they set the hosts 217, then Matt Brown (3-29) took three quick wickets to turn the innings on its head as the Rockhampton where bowled out for 175.
Cheltenham skipper Nick Evans hit 31 against Bridgwater