FRAMPTON-On-Severn consolidated their lead at the top of Division Three with a ten wicket pounding of Woodpeckers in the AMS Gloucestershire County League.
Dan Halsey (4-19) and Dan Huxstep (3-13, both from eight) combined to dismiss Woodpeckers for only 99 before Sam North (47) and Billy Curtis (37) wrapped up the points in less than 16 overs.
Fairford remain tucked right behind in second place thanks to five-wicket win away to Hatherley & Reddings 2nds who stay second. Matt Dyson (4-44) shone with the ball before captain Jon Welch (60 not) and Will Bowers (51) got Fairford over the line.
Ullenwood Bharat, fourth in a tight battle for the two promotion slots, held their nerve for a three-run triumph away to Tewkesbury 2nds. Captain Jitesh Thammisetti dominated his side’s 197-9 with a determined 82, Will New finishing with 5-29, ahead of the home side coming up just short despite Liam O’Brien’s unbeaten 56.
One of the innings of the day came in Division One where Jordan Rouse was unbeaten on 127 off 121 for Cheltenham Civil Service who romped in by 226 runs at Chipping Campden. Rouse shared a third wicket stand of 178 in only 24 overs with Robbie Baker (90) ahead of the home side wilting to 99 all out, George Leadbetter taking 5-13.
It was much tighter at Cheltenham 2nds where Hawkesbury Upton squeaked in by one wicket, Fletcher May contributing a crucial unbeaten 67 off 95.
Division Two leaders Lydney suffered a first defeat of the summer, succumbing by 20 runs at Great Rissington for whom Mitch Thomas hit an unbeaten 92 and took 3-41.
Cricklade, the Division Four pacesetters, saw off Frocester 3rds by eight wickets, Chris Nicholas unbeaten on 88. And Cheltenham Civil Service 2nds moved up two places to sixth courtesy of a six-wicket home defeat of Oldlands that featured Tony Pope’s burst of 4-4 from only 15 balls.
Whitminster are out of the bottom two in Division Five thanks to a ten-wicket romp at Birdlip & Brimpsfield.
And in Division Six, openers Mike Carratu (53 not) and Ben Hopkins (52) completed a nine-wicket win for leaders Quedgeley & Hardwicke at home to Hatherley & Reddings 3rds.
C J McLean’s unbeaten 106 plus four wickets apiece from Shane Trigg and Dan Yeates wrapped up a 218-run win for Down Hatherley at St Philips North in Division Seven while Arcadians Nine Elms stay top after dispatching Langford 2nds by four wickets, Bibin Varghese contributing a crucial unbeaten 40.