Week 18 Gloucestershire County League review

ROCKHAMPTON are heading back to WEPL as champions of the AMS Gloucestershire County League after a dramatic final day of the season.

Langford started the day in pole position with a 12-point lead but slipped up by six wickets at home to bottom side Apperley, Sam Fitzmaurice claiming 4-37.

And this result enabled Rockhampton, who were relegated from WEPL last year, to surge into top spot courtesy of a nine-wicket humbling of Lydney who were dismissed for 68, Tiger Sherred-Isles finishing with a terrific return of 6-12 from 8.2 overs.

Langford, despite the disappointment of defeat, finished second and now look forward to a first-ever season in WEPL.

One of the innings of the day came at Westbury-on-Severn where Devin Rogers finished unbeaten on 121 from 132 (15 fours, two sixes) to pave the way for a 155-run victory over struggling Poulton.

Thornbury 2nds clinched the Division Two title with a two-wicket success at Redmarley despite the considerable efforts of Andy Green who bagged 6-30 from nine.

Great Rissington lost by 76 runs at home to Cheltenham 2nds but still finished as runners-up.

The Division Three crown went to Tewkesbury 2nds who were six-wicket home victors against Cinderford St John with second-placed Tetbury also ending on a high, edging Hatherley & Reddings 2nds by 33 runs.

Dumbleton 2nds ensured an unbeaten record as Division Four champions after defeating their Corse & Staunton counterparts by 74 runs.

And Chipping Sodbury 2nds finished second courtesy of a better net run rate, edging Stroud 2nds for the promotion place after finishing level on points.

Division Five champions Quedgeley & Hardwicke ended their season on a losing note, succumbing by 11 runs at home to Parkend while Charlton Kings 2nds sealed the runners-up position with a 15-run home success against Cirencester 2nds, Chris Burrow hitting 80.

The Division Six champions are Down Hatherley following an eight-wicket home triumph against Eastcombe, taking the crown by a solitary point from Cheltenham 3rds who edged out Gloucester 2nds for the runners-up slot with a 199-run pounding of relegated Oaksey, Sathya Prakash capturing 4-17.

Runaway Division Seven champions King’s Stanley were another side to end the summer with an unbeaten record after thumping Aston Ingham 2nds by 149 runs, Jack Kimber hitting 93 and James Weir claiming 5-12 from eight.

And Langford 2nds ended as runners up, completing an excellent overall season for the village club, following a six-wicket victory away to Stone, Jack Brown taking 4-12 from eight and Tom Stevens unbeaten on 77.

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