Week 12 Gloucestershire County League review

DANNY Pointon smashed a match-winning unbeaten 150 for Witcombe who nipped past Lydney 2nds by four wickets with only four balls to spare for a memorable victory in Division Five of the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.

Pointon’s knock was the highest individual score to date this season in the league and so dominated his side’s chase towards 238 that the next highest scorer was captain Alex Fisher on 27!

Earlier, opener Adam Slee was dismissed for exactly 100 – caught off Pointon who claimed 2-46 – as Witcombe stayed second behind leaders Churchdown who were five-wicket victors at Cirencester 2nds.

Cam, meanwhile, ended their long wait for a first win of the campaign in Division One with a six-wicket success away to Aston Ingham.

Jack Carpenter’s unbeaten 47 lifted the home side to 173-7 which proved to be well within range for Cam with Ed Paddock (43 not) leading the charge.

Second last Westbury-on-Severn ended a run of five successive setbacks with a 54-run triumph away to Poulton.

Star of the show was opener Alex Gray who compiled 120 off 108 (11 fours, six sixes) in a total of 239-2 before Poulton were pegged back to 185-7.

Tewkesbury, who were top at the start, slipped up by one wicket at Lydney for whom Alex Gooding shone with an unbeaten 44 from 70.

This result allowed Charlton Kings to take over at the top courtesy of a 229-run canter at home to Kingsholm.

Benny Ellis and Liam Brignull both hit 69 in an imposing 306-5 ahead of Kingsholm melting to 77 all out against Jonny Hardman (4-29), Andy Bower (3-8) and Matt Luxton (3-27).

Division Two leaders Hawkesbury Upton were humbled by nine wickets at home to Langford for whom Jeremey Kirby (75 not) and Harry Stevens (64 not) starred.

New leaders Chipping Campden were three-wicket victors at Great Rissington, Jac Johnson Fisher claiming 5-30.

Gloucester AIW Sports are off the foot of the table thanks to a three-wicket success at Woodmancote, Junaid Patel taking 3-36.

Bowling performance of the day came in Division Three where Nathan Awford captured 5-18 from eight to seal a 27-run victory for Newent at home to Bourton Vale 2nds.

Jack Harrod battered an unbeaten 97 off only 52 balls (11 fours, five sixes) for Cheltenham Civil Service 2nds who dispatched their Corse & Staunton counterparts by 160 runs in Division Four.

James Burrows finished with 4-23 from eight for Division Six leaders Kingsholm who trumped nearest rivals Quedgeley & Hardwicke by nine wickets.

And Division Seven pacesetters Eastcombe were seven-wicket victors away to Painswick 2nds, Lloyd Green’s 4-16 catching the eye.

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