Week 13 Gloucestershire County League round-up

OLLIE Henson dug in for a patient 105 off 129 that helped pave the way for Aston Ingham to trump Chipping Campden by 90 runs and go top of Division One in the AMS Gloucestershire County League for the first time this season.

The opener struck 12 fours and a six to dominate his side’s total of 204-9 – the next highest scorer was extras on 25 – after losing the toss.

And the visitors then put the pressure on with the ball, led by Dan Smith (4-18 from nine), to close out a comfortable win and claim pole position with previous leaders Rockhampton going down by 65 runs at home to Langford who are now second.

Langford were on the back foot at 55-4 but rallied superbly to reach 250-8 thanks to Aaron Court (60), Jack Romanek (42) and James Hewlett (41).

Court (3-23 from eight) and Francis Bradley (3-38 from nine) then combined to bowl out Rockhampton for 185.

At the other end of the table, bottom side Apperley were 20-run home victors against Lydney, captain Rob Birch leading the way with 68.

In Division Two, Lawrence Barraclough’s 102 from 75 (14 fours, four sixes) saw Shurdington to a seven-wicket home success against Fairford.

Phil Cook’s spell of 4-14 from eight helped skittle Woodpeckers for 59 ahead of Tetbury romping to an eight-wicket win in Division Three.

Damien Bouwer pounded 135 for Chipping Sodbury 2nds who overcame their Stroud counterparts by 91 runs to go second in Division Four where opener Benn Pockett cracked 127 (17 fours, four sixes) in Cranham’s 47-run win on the road at Cheltenham Civil Service 2nds.

Raife Hackett was bowled one short of a century for Cirencester 2nds who went on to complete an 81-run success in Division Five at Oldlands.

Arcadians Nine Elms and Haresfield Gladiators tied a thriller in Division Six.

Captain Murali Ramachandran’s 61 lifted Arcadians to 188 all out after losing the toss, Astie Bolton taking 3-32 from seven before Haresfield were then restricted to 188-7.

Openers CJ Mclean (77) and Martin Collier (67 not), meanwhile, drove leaders Down Hatherley to a nine-wicket victory at home to Upton St Leonards after Chris Stuart had earlier captured 4-36 from eight.

Skipper Jamie Bish’s 112 helped power unbeaten Division Seven pacemakers King’s Stanley to 241-6 away to Poulton 2nds who then came up 118 runs short, Martyn Kimber and Gavin Dean taking three wickets apiece.

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