Nar­row vic­tory Bowlers to the res­cue again in one-run thriller

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

CHEL­TENHAM over­came Cleve­don by the small­est of mar­gins as the bowlers came to the res­cue for the sec­ond week run­ning in a last over thriller at the Vic­to­ria Ground.

The win saw Chel­tenham reg­is­ter a hat-trick of vic­to­ries for the first time this sea­son.

After win­ning the toss un­der cloudy skies and with rain fore­cast through­out the day, Chel­tenham elected to bat first but were soon left to rue the de­ci­sion as Dan Wil­liams (5-30) blew the top or­der away as Chel­tenham limped to 45-6.

Cap­tain Nick Evans (52) stood firm through­out the open­ing burst as he and Nathan Hooker (30) re­built the in­nings but when both bats­man were dis­missed the hosts were soon bowled out for 124.

With the game be­ing re­duced to 40 overs a side, Chel­tenham knew they would have to bowl Cleve­don out to snatch an­other win from an un­likely po­si­tion, a trait they have been ac­cus­tomed to this sea­son.

George Pritchard (3-23) gave his team the per­fect start with his three early wick­ets putting the hosts on the front foot and when Sam Did­cote (2-26) claimed two more, Chel­tenham were in con­trol re­strict­ing the vis­i­tors to 57-5.

A sixth wicket stand of 50 from skip­per Jacob Lin­tott (29) and Will Car­pen­ter (20) took the score to 107-6 and with only 18 runs re­quired for the win Cleve­don were in con­trol.

But two more quick wick­ets feel leav­ing Cleve­don 111-8 but Wil­liam Thirkell (9) came in and smashed a huge six be­fore gift­ing away his wicket leav­ing the vis­i­tors need­ing two runs from the fi­nal over.

Cleve­don’s ear­lier hero Wil­liams was

left the man on strike and he was ad­judged to have been caught down the leg side to Michael Kelly, thus spark­ing ju­bi­lant cel­e­bra­tions.

Stroud sea­son’s looks set to end in rel­e­ga­tion after de­feat to league lead­ers Thorn­bury left the club bot­tom and 50 points adrift of fel­low strug­glers Dum­ble­ton whose game with Burbage was aban­doned.

Stroud would need to see a com­plete turn­around in re­sults after only record­ing one win from 13 matches how­ever gave Thorn­bury a good run for their win after fifties for Luke (62) and Dan Davies (60) saw the vis­i­tors set 246.

De­spite a re­silient 90 from Stroud’s Kee­gan Petersen and 48 from Chris Job, Stroud fell 19 runs short as Danny Slade (4-54) picked up wick­ets at cru­cial times.

Tewkes­bury picked up a much needed win in seven at­tempts as they live to fight an­other day in WEPL Glouces­ter­shire.

Will New (3-20) and Adam Brookes (3-22) got the vis­i­tors off to a fly­ing start against Pain­swick as David Boon (41) was the only bats­man to of­fer any re­sis­tance en-route to be­ing bowled out for 100.

Tewkes­bury made tough work of the chase de­spite get­ting off a solid start, Pain­swick’s Jack Hob­bis

(5-17) tore through the vis­i­tors mid­dle or­der but cap­tain Tom All­coat (28*) saw his side over the line.

Hather­ley & Red­dings re­main the only un­beaten side in the WEPL di­vi­sions as they opened up a 65

point ad­van­tage and ef­fec­tively wrapped up the ti­tle after Bour­ton Vale’s match with Corse & Staunton was aban­doned.

Half cen­turies for Nipuma Ga­m­age (65) and Thomas Wil­son (63*) saw Red­dings post 265-7, Tom

Wil­shaw (4-61) the pick for home side Glouces­ter.

The home side threat­ened in the chase putting on 66 for the first wicket then look­ing well set at 154-3 how­ever Max Kelly (4-37) and An­dre Soma (3-29) tore through the rest of the or­der as Glouces­ter slipped to 202 all out.

Chel­tenham Civil Ser­vice got back in the mix with only 25 points sep­a­rat­ing third and ninth placed Fro­ces­ter II.

Watch­ful knocks from Jordan Rouse (65) and George Lead­bet­ter (56) guided Ser­vice to 180-8 from their 50 which proved a win­ning score after Richard Robin­son (7-29) ripped apart the Cirences­ter or­der as they were dis­man­tled from 74-3 to 122 all out.

Rock­hamp­ton got their sea­son back to win­ning ways after record­ing a seven-wicket vic­tory over Fro­ces­ter II.

Sam Steel bat­ting for Hather­ley and Red­dings against Glouces­ter

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