Week 10 Gloucestershire County League round-up

MARCUS Ridal finished with 6-29 from eight as he helped pave the way for Apperley 2nds to trump Quedgeley & Hardwicke by seven wickets in Division Seven of the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.

The home side struggled to total 114-9 from their 40 before opener Steve Best (50) ensured Apperley banked the points with almost ten overs to spare.

John Veits, meanwhile, batted all 40 overs to finish unbeaten on 115 for Kingsholm 2nds who completed a 104-run home defeat of Ruardean Hill.

Fellow opener Russell Beacham (48) helped their side reach 225-3 ahead of Ruardean Hill finishing well short, Paul Engelbrecht finishing with 4-4 from four overs.

Opener Josh Middlecote (118) and Scott Ayres (95) powered Parkend to 339-4 at home to Bourton Vale 3rds in Division Seven. Arran Parsons (3-18) and Ayres (3-32) then bowled their side to a 224-run victory.

Two more bowlers in form were Dave Leith (5-25) and Mark Hayes (4-23) for Chalford who were 79-run winners away to Oaksey.

Division One pacesetters Tewkesbury made it six in a row courtesy of a low scoring 10-run home defeat of Cheltenham 2nds.

Hassan Dahar (4-7 from four) and Ziyarmal Niazi (3-15 from six) combined to dismiss the leaders for 87, but Tewkesbury then gave nothing away with the ball to wrap up the points, Louis Whitmore, Alex Oliver, Brandon Coates and Wade Ridsdale finishing with two wickets apiece.

Hawkesbury Upton are the new leaders of Division Two thanks to a seven-wicket home victory against Hatherley & Reddings 2nds while Chipping Campden, top at the start of the day, slipped up by two wickets at Redmarley.

Mark Beale’s haul of 5-39 paved the way for Division Three leaders Rockhampton 2nds to see off Newent by two wickets.

And in Division Four, opener Adam Robson was caught for 99 for Corse & Staunton 2nds who inflicted a first defeat of the summer on their Tewkesbury counterparts, by 71 runs, to stay well in the mix for promotion in a particularly tight competition.

Churchdown, the Division Five leaders, were 66-3 in the 21st over when rain forced their clash against Charlton Kings 2nds (179-8) to be abandoned.

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