Week 13 WEPL review

LOUIS Gegg turned in a fine all-round display as Stroud stunned high-flying Thornbury by nine wickets in WEPL Premier Two Glos/Wilts.

Thornbury, pushing hard for promotion in their 150th year, were pegged back to 207-8 by Gegg (5-27 from nine) as Dan Lezar top scored on 57.

And Gegg (63) then played a crucial supporting role in an unbroken stand of 151 with Ishan Mulchandani (93 off 78) to give Stroud vital breathing space in their battle to avoid relegation.

Quickest win of the day came at Frocester who skittled Burbage & Easton Royal for 62 and then took only 9.5 overs to bank maximum points.

Dumbleton suffered an eight-wicket home reverse against Marshfield while Hatherley & Reddings slipped up by nine runs at home to bottom side Biddestone.

In Premier One, Downend were bowled out for 86 and a 61-run home setback against high-flying Clevedon while Bedminster were beaten by 83 runs at Lansdown and Cheltenham came off second best by 132 runs at leaders Potterne.

Premier Two Bristol/Somerset leaders Bristol continued their unbeaten run with a 115-run home defeat of Midsomer Norton.

Rain meant this was a 21-over contest, opener Nic Halstead-Cleak hammering an unbeaten 104 off 69 (11 fours and a six) in a total of 204-4.

Norton’s reply never got out of the first gear and the visitors finished well short at 89-8.

Winterbourne continued their move up the table with a third successive win as they brushed past North Perrott by three wickets.

The Somerset side were bowled out for 142 as captain George Ford (3-20) and James Williams (3-26) struck.

Rain meant Winterbourne were set a revised target of 139 from 38 overs before Ford (41) and Ben Parker (36 not) got the job done.

Cirencester completed a memorable 149-run home win in the Gloucestershire division after skittling Rockhampton for only 43, Louis Sabbath-Holt (4-8) and Jamie Jamieson-Black (3-8) inflicting the damage.

Leaders Corse & Staunton were 62-run home victors over Frocester 2nds, Kiran Chakraborty taking 3-6, while Gloucester dispatched Apperley by six wickets, Tom Morris and Scott Davies taking three wickets apiece before Jack Whiting and Dan Brabham contributed half centuries.

Bourton Vale trumped Painswick by six wickets, and bottom side Thornbury 2nds made it two in a row with a 21-run home success over Cheltenham Civil Service.

Promotion-chasing Golden Hill overcame Knowle by seven wickets in Bristol & North Somerset while nearest rivals Twyford House – their opponents on Saturday – recorded an eight-wicket win away to Brislington.

Bristol West Indian Phoenix lost by six wickets at Congresbury, bottom side Stapleton won by three wickets at Keynsham and OB Westbury were 26-0 at home to Bristol 2nds when play was abandoned because of rain.

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