Week 5 WEPL review

TEENAGER Stanley Brown produced a fine display with ball and then bat for Cheltenham who completed a low-scoring four-wicket win at Downend in Premier One of the West of England Premier League.

The Gloucestershire Academy all-rounder helped spark a Downend collapse from 53-1 to 84 all out with a fine spell of 5-12 from seven overs of seam, spinner Max Shepherd weighing in with a return of 3-18 from five.

Matt Jackson then did all he could to pull the result out of the hat for Downend with a testing spell of 4-19 from nine as Cheltenham slipped to 45-5 and then 59-6.

But just as Downend began to dream of an unlikely victory, Brown steadied the ship with a mature unbeaten 28 to close out the result.

Steve Snell plundered 143 for Bedminster who ended their search for a first win of the summer with a 190-run victory away to Bridgwater who started the day top of the table.

Snell blasted 14 fours and six sixes off 119 balls, sharing an opening stand of 178 with Max Tryfonos (84 off 81) for the Bristol visitors who got off to a turbo-charged start.

Sai Kamuni then smashed an unbeaten 59 off just 23 deliveries (five fours, five sixes) to help Bedminster pile up an imposing 375-5 off their 45.

And it proved to be well out of reach for Bridgwater as captain George Drissell (3-37), brother Harry (2-18) and Kamuni (2-15) kept the squeeze on.

Frocester, meanwhile, completed a five-wicket success at home to Thornbury with a ball to spare.

Gloucestershire’s Jack Taylor crunched 109 off 78 (12 fours, six sixes) while captain Marc Lezar’s 53 lifted Thornbury to a total of 262.

Frocester’s reply owned much to openers Ewan Gegg (86) and Masoor Khan (52) while Uzi Qureshi’s 71 kept the village side on course for a derby triumph.

It was just as tight at Dumbleton where the home side squeezed in by one wicket at home to Goatacre, Dan Holland bagging 4-34 – including the wicket of Gloucestershire’s Benny Howell – before Will Sharp and Tom Green shared an unbroken final wicket partnership of 30 to seal the points.

And it was a similar story at Hatherley & Reddings where Hamza Shahzad and Henry Perks put on 27 for the final wicket to clinch the narrowest of wins over Burbage & Easton Royal.

Islamnabi Ahmadzai finished with 4-33 from nine for Stroud who secured their first win of the summer, edging Marshfield by 15 runs.

Josh Shaw produced a devastating burst of 6-14 from seven overs as Bristol inflicted a stunning first defeat of the summer on Premier Two Bristol/Somerset leaders Weston-super-Mare.

The Gloucestershire seamer rattled through the top order as Weston collapsed to 52 all out and a 212-run reverse after starting the campaign with four successive wins.

Winterbourne suffered a nine-wicket reverse at Taunton St Andrews but Bishopston trumped Frome by two wickets.

Golden Hill held on for a thrilling two-run home triumph against Twyford House in Bristol & North Somerset, Tayyab Riaz starring with an unbeaten 100 and then bowling a terrific final over to ensure the win.

Bristol 2nds remain top courtesy of a 28-run success at Keynsham which featured an unbeaten 61 for skipper Alan Hunt.

Knowle were six-wicket victors away to Congresbury, Milo Ayres’ unbeaten 68 guided Brislington to a three-wicket home defeat of Stapleton and OB Westbury also opened their account, edging Bristol West Indian Phoenix by 17 runs.

In the Gloucestershire division, skipper Jamie Jamieson-Black’s unbeaten 114 saw Cirencester to an eight-wicket success at Gloucester while there were also wins for Corse & Staunton, Cheltenham Civil Service, Bourton Vale and Thornbury 2nds.

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