Garratt ton puts Dumbleton through in Voneus Village Cup

CHARLIE Garratt was dismissed for exactly 100 for Dumbleton who brushed past Bretforton by 140 runs to reach the Worcestershire area final in the Voneus Village Cup.

The opener faced 124 balls, cracking 12 fours and a six, while there was also an unbeaten 52 from Matt Nicholson as Dumbleton, the 2022 champions, piled up a total of 259-5 after winning the toss away from home.

Bretforton were then restricted to a reply of 119-9, Aaron Tomson capturing 4-25 from 5.4 overs while there were also two wickets apiece for Ollie Horne and Myles Holland.

Dumbleton will now be away to Quatt or Astwood Bank on June 9.

The Gloucestershire group semi-finals take place on Sunday with Apperley hosting Painswick and Marshfield entertaining Frocester, while in the Herefordshire & Powys pool, Aston Ingham will be home to Colwall. All matches start at 1pm.

GOLDEN Hill will on Sunday (1pm) entertain cross-city rivals Bristol in the group semi-finals of the ECB National Club Championship. The winners will welcome Penzance or Helston for a place in the first national round.

THE boundaries at Downend’s postage stamp sized-ground have rarely looked shorter after a barrage of big hitting in an entertaining WEPL T20 triangular qualifier.

A day of non-stop action got underway with Tristan Jungbauer thumping 78 off only 29 balls (four fours, nine sixes) as Bishopston chased down a target of 149 against the hosts in only 13 overs.

Lesego Senokwane then took centre stage with 91 from just 49 (13 fours, four sixes) for Golden Hill who saw off Bishopston by 35 runs despite the late efforts of Will Thirkell whose unbeaten 49 from 22 featured two fours and five sixes.

And Golden Hill then booked a place in the next stage with a 51 run victory over Downend after piling up 253-7 which included 72 from Cyrus Shafi (47 balls, five fours, five sixes), Sam Brooks’ 61 off just 26 (five fours, five sixes) plus skipper Daz Ahmed’s powerful 46 off 21 (four fours, four sixes).

These two wins put Golden Hill into the next stage of a qualifying competition to produce a WEPL representative in the first national round of the ECB Club T20.

Also through are Bristol West Indian Phoenix, Twyford House, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Clevedon, Wembdon, Chippenham and Swindon.

Only one first round qualifier remains to be completed, and it takes place on Sunday with Painswick hosting Cheltenham and Hatherley & Reddings (10 am on).

These ten winners will be joined in the next stage by six seeded clubs – Bath, Bedminster, Bridgwater, Bristol, Frocester and Potterne.

The four groups of four in the next stage (straight knock out) will be announced shortly with the winners progressing to WEPL finals day.

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