Welcome win Breed’s spell seals a much-needed success
CHELTENHAM bounced back after last week’s defeat to secure a battling 44 run win over Lansdown to put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.
Josh Breed’s five wickets haul was the catalyst behind Cheltenham’s fightback as Lansdown capitulated from 165-3 to 195 when chasing 240.
Cheltenham elected to bat and built a promising platform before Kieran Smith (66) was one of four quick wickets to fall to leave Cheltenham stuttering on 145-5.
At 176-4 George Pritchard (69*) took the attack to Lansdown as the visitors were set a challenging 240.
The reply got off to a solid start before Gloucestershire’s Matt Taylor (19) tamely chipped Walker (1-38) to square leg and when Breed (5-55) had Jordan Smith (25) LBW the game was in the balance.
A third wicket stand of 106 between Oskar Kolk (59) and Brandon Allen (44) seemed to have swung the game in the
visitors’ favour however Breed dismissed both batsman which sparked a collapse of 7-30.
Dumbleton’s miserable run in Premier Two continued as they lost to Corsham by five wickets.
Mitch Hammond (59) and Daniel Holland (50) post passed fifty but lack of support and the loss of regular wickets saw the hosts bowled out for 206.
The chase was fairly straight forward for the visitors as Charley Reed (69) and Adam Mitchell (50) put on 100 for the opening stand as Tom Abbot (24*) seeing Corsham through to victory.
Hatherley & Reddings dismantled Cheltenham Civil service to keep their unbeaten run going and remain the only undefeated team in WEPL cricket.
After electing to bat Civil Service fell to 64-6 as Callum Stewart blew the hosts away with his four wickets costing just 15 runs in his 10 over spell as Service crumbled to 96 all out.
The chase never looked in doubt despite a slight wobble with Hatherley falling to 31-3 but they wrapped up victory in the 25th over.
Bourton Vale fell to a four-wicket defeat to Frocester II meaning they are now 39 points behind in second place.
At 181-4 Vale looked well set however Nathan Rose-innes (5-46) put the brakes on as Vale were all out for 226.
Ewan Gegg (49) saw the visitors ease home with 21 balls to spare.
Cirencester swept aside Tewkesbury despite the best efforts of Tom Allcoat.
Set 282 for victory Allcoat finished 104* but Tewkesbury ultimately fell 44 runs short of their imposing target.
There were much needed wins for Gloucester and Painswick.
Gloucester brushed aside Rockhampton by six wickets after bowling the visitors out for 177, Jack Whitting (99) falling painfully short of a century.
Sam Hewitt (4-36) helped Painswick bowl Corse & Staunton out for 202 with George Macduff (82*) ensuring the hosts got over the line by two wickets.
Hatherley’s Tom Hage batting against Cheltenham Civil Service
The bails fly as Gloucester wicketkeeper Scott Montgomery reacts to a wicket against Rockhampton