Tewkesbury homing in on Trophy progress

TEWKESBURY will be home to Gloucester AIW on Sunday while Langford will welcome Almondsbury in the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy.

Chipping Sodbury received a walk-over when Stroud 2nds pulled out of the competition, and will now be away to Golden Hill 2nds in the first round.

Opener Callum Nicholls (pictured, image courtesy Brian Rossiter) top scored with an unbeaten 92 and George MacDuff hit 51 for Painswick who eased past Oldbury-on-Severn by nine wickets in the Voneus Village Cup.

Oldbury reached 184-9 from their 40, Isaac Elkins capturing 4-39 from his eight, to pave the way for a comfortable win.

Painswick are now through to the Gloucestershire group semi-finals where they face a trip to Rockhampton, 18-run victors away to Corse & Staunton.

George Driver-Dickerson’s 51 and 32 from Chris Willoughby helped the Rams total 167-9, Callum King and Bertie Wyatt bagging three wickets apiece.

Corse then came up short as Martin Cropper (4-34 from seven) and Chris Pearce (2-21 from five) turned the screw.

The other county semi-final will see Cam, five-wicket victors at Apperley, host Frocester who had a walk-over against Winterbourne.

Dumbleton are through to the last four in the Worcestershire group after Bredon conceded, and Langford reached the Oxfordshire semi-finals on number of wickets lost against Oxford Downs.

Both sides totalled 190, but Langford clinched the spoils as they lost seven wickets compared to eight by their visitors with a final ball run out proving decisive.

Approaching the 35th over with 58 runs needed to win, Oxford’s Prav Chahal scored a quickfire 45 from 22 deliveries to drag his side to within touching distance of victory. However, with two needed off the final ball, Chahal could only score a single as partner Nick Rivett was run out attempting a second.

Earlier, Jeremy Kirby and Tom Stevens scored half-centuries for Langford.

Two further WEPL T20 triangulars, meanwhile, are scheduled for Sunday.

Hatherley & Reddings will host Frocester and Bristol West Indian Phoenix, while Bristol are set to welcome Golden Hill and Knowle.

One WEPL side from a total of 36 entries will eventually progress to the national stages of the ECB National Club Twenty20.

Already through to the second local round are Gloucester, Thornbury, Bedminster, Taunton St Andrews, Bath and Trowbridge.

A busy day of knock out action continues with Cheltenham hosting Bedminster (1pm) in the ECB National Club Cup.

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