Week 15 Gloucestershire County League review

CJ Mclean smashed a memorable 200 not out – the highest individual score this season in the AMS Gloucestershire County League – for Down Hatherley who romped past Ruardean Hill by 191 runs in Division Seven.

The opener needed 11 from the final over to reach his double century, and got there with a single off the very last ball to spark great scenes of delight on the boundary.

Batting with tremendous concentration and determination on the hottest day of the year, Mclean made light of the energy-sapping conditions and frequent drinks breaks to set a Down Hatherley individual record.

In total, he faced 139 balls, striking 26 fours and a six to keep his side second and on course for promotion with three more rounds of games to go.

It was his fourth century of an unforgettable summer and helped his side pile up 319-2 from their 40 overs before Ruardean Hill wilted in reply to 128 all out, Luke Brick taking 5-9 and Chris Stuart 4-44.

Down Hatherley remain 16 points behind leaders Arcadians Nine Elms who dispatched third placed Tormarton by 134 runs, Aravind Kumar Singh top scoring on 84 while Bibin Varghese (3-4) and Saviyo Selastian (3-23) shone with the ball.

Captain Tom Cook and Dan Bye were in tremendous form for Oaksey who cruised to a 279-run home success over Chalford.

The pair shared a partnership of 246 before Bye was dismissed for 138 off only 89 (17 fours, eight sixes) while Cook was eventually out for 147 off 100 (11 fours, seven sixes) in a fantastic total of 409-2. Phil Head (4-22) then led the charge as the visitors were dismissed for 30.

Muhammad Akbar, meanwhile, finished with 5-7 from 4.1 overs for Birdlip & Brimpsfield who bowled out Lydney 2nds for 127 to seal a 33-run home triumph in Division Five.

Struggling Whitminster turned the tables on leaders Kingsholm 2nds for a superb six-wicket win, opener Ross Wakely top scoring on 93.

Unbeaten Quedgeley & Hardwicke stay clear at the top of Division Six following an eight-wicket home success against Eastcombe, Sam Huggins unbeaten on 59. And second-placed Parkend romped in by nine wickets at Stone, Ryan Burris inflicting the damage with a return of 5-18.

In Division One, third-placed Hawkesbury Upton emerged 59-run home victors over Cheltenham Civil Service who remain second, Alistair Bell (62) and Fletcher May (61 not) producing important innings.

Chipping Campden climbed out of the bottom two with a 15-run victory at Westbury-on-Severn while Cheltenham 2nds boosted their hopes of staying up with a four-wicket home defeat of Poulton, Chris Williams hitting 71.

Lydney have one foot back in Division One after romping to a ten-wicket trouncing of Gloucester AIW Sports to consolidate their lead in Division Two, Tom Legge (90) and Alex Nelmes (58) taking starring roles.

Frampton-on-Severn are up to second in Division Three courtesy of a 65-run triumph at Woodmancote completed while promotion rivals Hatherley & Reddings 2nds were succumbing to a 130-run reverse away to their Tewkesbury counterparts,

Mathew Halsey (3-13) and Jason Huxstep (3-23) shone for Frampton while Dom Webb (4-33) and Brendan Low (3-12) dominated for Tewkesbury.

Cricklade moved closer to another promotion with an eight-wicket victory away to Cheltenham Civil Service 2nds, Cameron Baden (4-13) and Angelo Rigali (3-4) the heroes.

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