Century opening stand puts Glo’shire O70s in charge

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Over 70s eased to a comfortable 83-run home victory against Wiltshire at Stroud, dominating with bat and then ball.

The home side rattled up 241-6 after winning the toss, Bill Lawrence (73) and Keith Daniels (40) sharing an opening stand of 118 before David Collinson (57 not) and captain Roger Beese (32) also found form.

Wiltshire, in reply, never recovered from losing a couple of early wickets to Rick Carmen (2-14 from five) while Dick Tugwell (2-21 from eight) and Ian Sergeant (2-17 from six) kept the pressure on to restrict the visitors to a reply of 158-8.

There was a first defeat of the summer for Gloucestershire O50s who slipped up by 84 runs at home to Staffordshire at OB Westbury.

There were two wickets apiece for Steve Bridge and Ryan Jamieson as the visitors were pegged back to 186-7, but Gloucestershire’s reply never really got out of second gear despite the efforts of Jon Tegg (36) and Ian Robson (23).

Elsewhere, the rain played havoc with the remaining fixtures which were either cancelled or abandoned.

Gloucestershire O50s’ second XI, meanwhile, topped their group with seven wins and one defeat, and have been rewarded with a home draw against Oxfordshire in the last 16 of the championship play offs.

The match will take place on Wednesday July 19 at a venue to be announced.



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