Back-to-back wins Open­ing 196 stand paves way

Gloucestershire Echo - - CRICKET - gloslives­[email protected]­plc.com Tom QUIN­TON

CHEL­TENHAM sealed back to back wins for the first time this sea­son as an open­ing stand of 196 paved the way to a 49-run vic­tory over Bris­tol.

Kieran Smith (104) scored his first hun­dred of the sea­son as he and Alex Mil­lard, who fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of a first WEPL hun­dred with 97, were the back­bone of Chel­tenham’s 293-8.

Glouces­ter­shire’s Gareth Rod­er­ick also made a quick­fire 45.

The vis­i­tors chase got off to a fly­ing start the 50 was brought up in no time but Josh Breed (3-44) put the brakes on the in­nings and George Pritchard picked up four quick wick­ets (4-37) as Bris­tol were bowled out for 244.

The win see’s Chel­tenham climb one place and move 23 points above bot­tom placed side Taun­ton St An­drews.

Dum­ble­ton fell to a big home loss to Fro­ces­ter thanks to a 205 third-wicket stand be­tween Will Naish (120) and Uzi Qureshi (95) which moved them into third place.

Open­ing pair Ed Bragg and Will Sharp both picked up four wick­ets.

The chase never got go­ing for Dum­ble­ton as reg­u­lar wick­ets were lost on route to be­ing bowled out for 180, Ben Tegg (74) the only bats­man to offer any real re­sis­tance as they went down by 132 runs.

Stroud picked up a much-needed first league vic­tory of the sea­son as they beat Bid­de­stone by three wick­ets thanks to a su­perb all round display from over­seas player Kee­gan Petersen.

He claimed 5-46 as Bid­de­stone were re­stricted to 207-9 and the South African then hit 77 as he and Will Gold­ing (35*) saw Stroud over the line.

Hather­ley & Red­dings kept their Glouces­ter­shire di­vi­sion un­beaten record in­tact as they reg­is­tered a hard fought three-wicket vic­tory over Rock­hamp­ton.

Tris­tan Jung­bauer (89) was the back­bone of the in­nings as they were bowled out for 204 with H&R bowlers Cal­lum Stew­art (4-31) and An­dre Soma (3-18) do­ing the ma­jor­ity of the dam

age.

The re­ply for off to a solid start as 89 was put on for the first wicket how­ever a slight wob­ble saw the vis­i­tors slip to 166-6 how­ever Stew­art backed up his ear­lier wick­ets with an un­beaten 30 to keep his side top.

Fro­ces­ter II chased down 277 against Glouces­ter in an en­ter­tain­ing af­fair at Pounds Close.

David Hem­mings’ 70 was the stand out per­for­mance in Glouces­ter’s in­nings as he was well sup­ported through­out the or­der although no other bats­man passed 50.

At 84-3 the Fro­ces­ter chase looked daunt­ing how­ever a stand of 163 be­tween Chad Trainor (91) and Fin Dixon (97*) saw the hosts chase down their tar­get with 22 balls to spare.

Chel­tenham Civil Ser­vice’s rot­ten form con­tin­ued as Jor­dan Rouse (99) fell one short of a cen­tury in a eight­icket loss to Corse & Staunton.

Af­ter elect­ing to bat Ser­vice looked well set at 215-5 but lost their last fivewick­ets for 11 runs.

In re­ply Ed­ward Gooden (103*) backed up his ear­lier four wick­ets as Corse & Staunton cruised home.

Tewkes­bury prop up WEPL Glos as they were flat­tened by nine wick­ets against Bour­ton Vale at Gan­der Lane.

Some eco­nom­i­cal fig­ures saw Vale re­strict the hosts to 129-9 from their 50 overs as Andy Phillips (60) made light work of the mod­est tar­get as Vale flew home in the 23rd over.

A last wicket stand of 53 cost Pain­swick as Cirences­ter in­flicted a 40 run win to push them up the ta­ble.

Chas­ing 183, Tom Ful­lalove (6-27) tore through the Pain­swick or­der as the hosts lost their last seven wick­ets for just 24 runs.

Cirences­ter’s Alex Bin­nie is about to be run out against Pain­swick

Reece Mor­ris bowl­ing for Pain­swick

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