Back-to-back wins Opening 196 stand paves way
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
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