Nerves of steel King­sholm pull off thrilling last-over win

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET -

KING­SHOLM dis­played nerves of steel to com­plete a last-ball one-wicket home win over lead­ers Ap­per­ley in a ti­tanic Greene King IPA Glouces­ter­shire County League Divi­sion One strug­gle.

The last over of the game be­gan with King­sholm still need­ing four runs for the win and Ap­per­ley two wick­ets.

A wicket fell off the first de­liv­ery but the fi­nal pair­ing of Sam Gough and Jack Beck still man­aged to scrape home with the help of two wides.

Ap­per­ley, who went into the game with a per­fect three from three record, to­talled 272-8, Matt Long top scor­ing on 79 while Harry Em­mett (80) and opener Sam Warner (69) were amongst the runs for King­sholm.

Lyd­ney con­tin­ued their strong start with an eight-wicket win away to Chel­tenham II, opener Mike Too­lis (85) and Jake Bonser (54) shar­ing an un­bro­ken stand of 134.

Thorn­bury II over­came Red­mar­ley by 77 runs, Josh Slade cap­tur­ing 4-37, Poul­ton de­feated Glouces­ter AIW Sports by 55 runs and there were three wick­ets apiece for seamer Josh Mor­ris and spin­ner Jamie Ren­dell as Chip­ping Sod­bury charged past Charl­ton Kings by seven wick­ets.

Cam are the only re­main­ing

un­beaten side in Divi­sion Two af­ter dis­patch­ing Ul­len­wood Bharat by eight wick­ets while pre­vi­ous pace­set­ters As­ton Ing­ham lost by 64 runs at Chip­ping Cam­p­den, Jack Groves and Matt Rose both tak­ing three wick­ets.

Paul Adams (5-13) and Craig Kib­ble (5-32) bowled out Old­lands for only 51 be­fore Cin­der­ford St John can­tered to a 10-wicket tri­umph while Shur­d­ing­ton were three-wicket vic­tors over Wood­man­cote Saints and West­buryon-sev­ern de­feated Hatherley & Red­dings II by 55 runs.

Hawkes­bury Up­ton are the new Divi­sion Three pace­set­ters af­ter crush­ing Fro­ces­ter III by 186 runs. Open­ers Ge­orge Bai­ley (144) and skipper Jer Westwood (137) took their side to an im­pos­ing 311-3 be­fore Fro­ces­ter were bowled out for just 125.

Hawkes­bury edged above Rock­hamp­ton III who beat Tet­bury by 44 runs.

Framp­ton-on-sev­ern were skit­tled

for 87 by Great Riss­ing­ton who romped in by six wick­ets, Wood­peck­ers saw off Chip­ping Sod­bury II by 119 runs, and Henry Find­lay-wil­son was un­beaten on 92 in Lang­ford’s eight-wicket success over Cran­ham.

Newent marched on at the top of Divi­sion Four with an eight-wicket win at Stone, Alex Gray un­beaten on 106 (12 fours, five sixes) while also four from four are Bour­ton Vale 2nds, 162run home con­querors of Dy­mock.

Robin Church­man (5-39) and Tommy Boor­man (109 not) dom­i­nated Dum­ble­ton II’S six-wicket vic­tory over their Tewkes­bury coun­ter­parts, and there were also wins for Fair­ford and Birdlip & Brimps­field, over Chel­tenham Civil Ser­vice II and Lyd­ney II, re­spec­tively.

Divi­sion Five lead­ers Chel­tenham III edged Minch­in­hamp­ton by nine runs while Glouces­ter II re­main sec­ond fol­low­ing a 109-run de­feat of King’s Stan­ley.

Divi­sion Six pace­set­ters Crick­lade had a re­turn of 4-17 from Greg Davies in a 128-run success at Hard­wicke.

And in Divi­sion Seven, Pars Gha­di­ali (4-32 from nine) and cap­tain Lewis Cook (65) shone for lead­ers Whit­min­ster who eased in by eight wick­ets against Bour­ton Vale III.

Ross Tominey bats for King­sholm

Gavin White in watch­ful mood for King­sholm

Matt Long sends down a de­liv­ery for Ap­per­ley. He top-scored for them with the bat, mak­ing 79

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