Week 8 Gloucestershire County League review

SAM Gough produced terrific figures of 5-18 from just eight overs to pave the way for Kingsholm to brush past Lydney by seven wickets in Division One of the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.

Lydney were always on the back foot after losing their first wicket without a run on the board as Jack Beck (3-33) and Ben Harris (2-11) also made their mark with the ball before James Boon (75 not) led the victory charge.

Leaders Charlton Kings were six-wicket home victors over Poulton, Jonny Hardman and James Williams both taking 3-14, while Tewkesbury remain second following a 40-run success at Cam, Freddie Humphries unbeaten on 59.

Mike Kelly (68 not) and Aled Howell (63) powered Cheltenham 2nds to an imposing 237-4 at Westbury-on-Severn who were rumbled for 154 in reply, Howell following up with a haul of 4-15.

Angus Bartlett bagged 3-8 for Aston Ingham who moved off the bottom of the table with a 36-run home triumph against Chipping Sodbury.

Chipping Campden, the Division Two pacesetters, were six-wicket winners at Langford, Sam Groves taking 4-29, and Hawkesbury Upton kept the pressure on with a seven-wicket victory at Woodmancote, Tim Chancellor capturing 3-1 from one action-packed over.

Sean Nicholson produced one of the innings of the day, finishing unbeaten on 100 off 77 balls (ten fours, three sixes) but it proved to be in vain as Oldlands went down by seven wickets against Bourton Vale 2nds in this Division Three clash.

Pete Lavis, meanwhile, was another centurion who also finished on the losing side.

The Stone captain compiled an unbeaten 107 but his fine knock was not quite enough as Stroud 2nds eeked out a one-run Division Five victory, Chris Browning finishing with a crucial 4-41 from eight.

Skipper Lewis Cook (97) and Ross Wakely (89) shared an opening stand of 185 for Whitminster who went on to thump Apperley 2nds by 142 runs in Division Six, Pars Ghadiali taking 4-27 and Adam Gibbs 3-18.

And Eastcombe marched on at the top of Division Seven with a 43-run home defeat of Parkend as Kevin Pring (4-20) and James Maxwell (4-26) made inroads.

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