Week 4 WEPL review

OPENER Dan Holland finished unbeaten on 179 for Dumbleton who cruised to an 82-run victory away to newcomers Tewkesbury in WEPL’s Gloucestershire Division.

The Worcestershire Academy batter faced 156 balls and hit 22 fours and three sixes in a career-best innings that helped power the village side to 321-6.

And Holland wasn’t finished as he followed up with a return of 3-30 from ten as Tewkesbury’s reply faded to 239 all out.

Holland, incidentally, has made a remarkable start to the WEPL season and after only four weeks has already scored 431 runs following 140 against Frocester 2nds, 55 not out verses Rockhampton and 57 against Painswick.

Painswick (main picture, image courtesy Brian Rossiter) remain in pole position after a six-wicket home defeat of promoted Charlton Kings, Luke Woolway top scoring on 77 while Scott Montgomery’s 64 steered Gloucester to a four-wicket triumph at Apperley.

Ryan Hill (4-30 from ten) and opener James Vlaeminck (106 not off 65, 15 fours, four sixes) shone as Bourton Vale dispatched Rockhampton by eight wickets, and Cirencester trumped Frocester 2nds by 35 runs, opener Jonnie Gunn (120) and Declan Rugg (4-45) starring.

Cheltenham made it three in a row in Premier Two Glos/Wilts, hammering Stroud by nine wickets with Luke Sellers (3-19) and Gareth Roderick (76 not) dominating.

Opener Matt Cox hit 113 for promoted Corse & Staunton who trumped Hatherley & Reddings by 28 runs while Frocester came up 33 runs short away to unbeaten leaders Marshfield.

In Premier One, Thornbury succumbed by 74 runs at Clevedon while Bedminster made it four in a row with an eight-wicket home triumph against Lansdown, Gloucestershire’s Tom Price (84) and Max Tryfonos (66) sharing an unbroken stand of 130.

Bristol, the Premier Two Bristol/Somerset leaders, overcame Shapwick & Polden by five wickets, and Bishopston moved up to third with a 188-run thrashing of Frome, Angus McKenzie capturing 5-16 from eight.

Zeeshan Malik’s return of 3-25 was a highlight of Golden Hill’s 51-run win at Ilminster, Ben Parker hit a patient 94 in Winterbourne’s 26-run home success over Midsomer Norton and Downend went down by 73 runs at Weston-super-Mare.

Knowle edged Twyford House by 13 runs at the top of Bristol & North Somerset where openers Charlie Brain (89 not) and Will Thomas (77) steered Brislington a nine-wicket defeat of Bath 2nds.

Shazil Mustafa’s 118 helped Bristol 2nds break their duck with a seven-wicket home victory over neighbours OB Westbury for whom Fin Yates’ unbeaten 111 proved to be in vain.

Mark Coombes (77) and Joe Shean (53) guided Bedminster 2nds to a five-wicket win away to  Bradley Stoke for whom Owen Onslow’s 43 off 21 included five sixes.

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