Frenchay ease to Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy glory

PRAFUL Waghela starred with bat and then ball as Frenchay eased to an 82-run win over holders Langford in the final of the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy at Frocester.

The opener totally dominated Frenchay’s challenge of 229 all out with a tremendous innings of 118 off 107 (20 fours) with Paul Burgess (36) the next highest scorer.

And he followed up with figures of 4-6 – including three caught-and-bowled victims – to help close out the victory in front of a large crowd at Pounds Close.

Frenchay did not have things all their own way in the baking hot conditions with Jack Brown and Ali Main both capturing three wickets apiece for Langford who then made an extremely assured start to their reply.

The Gloucestershire County League side appeared to be in full control at 84-1 but the dismissal of opener Tom Stevens, off skipper Alex Stell, for 26 gave Frenchay an opening.

And the fall of captain Harry Stevens, who batted with great authority and power for 71 off 56 (six fours, four sixes) precipitated a collapse from 122-3 to 147 all out.

BISHOPSTON host Hatherley & Reddings on Sunday in the semi-finals of the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Cup (1pm). The winners will face Bedminster in the final at the Seat Unique Stadium on September 10.

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