Week 10 West of England Premier League review

GLOUCESTER trumped struggling Rockhampton by 40 runs, Tom Morris claiming 3-21 from seven, to stay in touch with leaders Tewkesbury in WEPL’s Gloucestershire division.

Heavy overnight rain and wet conditions meant this was a 36 overs per side encounter. And visitors Gloucester took the initiative by reaching 175-9 with Jack Whiting (42) and Dan Brabham (40 not) top scoring against Jack Benkenstein (3-45).

Rockhampton, in reply, were soon on the back foot at 29-3 before struggling to 136 all out.

Only one other game was possible in this division, Tewkesbury emerging five-wicket winners away to Langford.

The home side battled their way to a total of 152-9 off 35 before Tewkesbury chipped away at their target to remain clear after ten rounds of matches.

In Premier One, no play was possible in Frocester’s home date against Bedminster while Bishopston lost by 107 runs away to a Bridgwater side that featured former West Indies T20 captain Carlos Braithwaite, and Bristol were downed by eight wickets at Potterne.

Downend, the leaders of Premier Two Bristol/Somerset, slipped up by 84 runs at home to Midsomer Norton despite the considerable efforts of Cani Gunaratnum who bagged 6-41.

And Golden Hill missed a golden opportunity to close the gap with a 57-run reverse at Clevedon.

Premier Two Glos/Wilts pacesetters Thornbury were washed out away to closest rivals Dumbleton, and no play was possible also in the Painswick-Royal Wootton Bassett and Chippenham-Hatherley & Reddings games.

Weather conditions were kinder for teams in the Bristol & North Somerset division where four results were possible.

Bottom side Stapleton kept alive their hopes of wriggling out of trouble with a much needed four-wicket home success over Twyford House which featured fine figures of 5-18 from six for Babar Pervais.

Leaders Knowle were seven-wicket home victors against Bath 2nds, opener Jake Huffman unbeaten on 58, while Brislington trumped Bradley Stoke by 95 runs, Chris Munden (71) and Ryan Aingworth (4-41) taking centre stage.

Bedminster 2nds lost by four wickets at home to neighbours OB Westbury while the Bristol 2nds-Bristol West Indian Phoenix match was called off.

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