Week 8 WEPL review

CALLUM Gegg’s first hundred of the season proved to be in vain for Stroud who succumbed to a five-wicket defeat against Frocester, for whom brother and fellow wicketkeeper Ewan top scored on 84!

Stroud’s total of 203-8 in this WEPL Premier Two Glos/Wilts derby was totally dominated by opener Callum who was eventually caught for 107 after facing 116 balls and hitting 14 fours along with three sixes.

Frocester paced their reply nicely to secure the spoils with five balls to spare, Ewan compiling his 84 off 119 deliveries at the top of the order while Will Naish celebrated his 18th birthday with 50 from 48.

Our terrific main image, by Brian Rossiter, shows Callum on the attack, watched by Ewan.

Openers Dan Holland and Finn Brabham shared a double century partnership for Dumbleton who overcame Corsham by five wickets with a ball to spare.

Brabham was first to go, for 88, while Holland followed soon after for a run-a-ball 120 (13 fours, four sixes), before captain Adam Stuart (28 not) ensured the home side got over the line.

Corsham, who began the day in second place, had earlier totalled 265-9 thanks mainly to opener Charley Reed (123) and Mike Reynolds (86) with Fraser Loveday capturing 5-41 from seven.

James Harber’s unbeaten 137 from 87 (eight fours, 14 sixes) powered Hatherley & Reddings to a superb four-wicket victory at leaders Goatacre, while Dan Lezar (120) shone in Thornbury’s 41-run home success against Burbage & Easton Royal.

Danish international Jino Jojo produced season-best figures of 5-32 as Bedminster completed a 107-run victory away to Bath in Premier One.

Potterne eased past Downend by four wickets while leaders Clevedon had to pull out of their visit to Cheltenham because of a covid-related issue.

Winterbourne are off the foot of Premier Two Bristol & Somerset after trumping high-flying Frome by 54 runs at The Rec, Owen Lingard (76) and Chris Kislingbury (56) top scoring.

Unbeaten leaders Bristol romped in by six wickets at fellow high-flyers Taunton St Andrews. Ash Joyner’s spell of 5-36 helped Saints sink from 84-1 to 168 all out before opener Fin Trenouth’s 47 off 23 and Miles Kantolinna (43) saw the visitors to the points in the 27th over while Bishopston succumbed by six wickets at North Perrott.

Opener Daz Ahmed smashed an unbeaten 137 off 124 balls for Golden Hill who stretched clear at the top of Bristol & North Somerset division thanks to an eight-wicket triumph at Congresbury.

Ahmed took complete charge of the chase for 245 with 19 fours and four sixes.

Bristol West Indian Phoenix moved off the bottom of the table with a 63-run home success over Twyford House who started the day in second place, Cole Pierre shining with an unbeaten 83 from 115.

Sheridan Leech’s 84 was a highlight of Bristol 2nds’ 36-run home victory over Stapleton who slipped to the bottom of the table.

Brislington chased down 181 for a three-wicket win at Knowle, Josh Whitemore following up figures of 3-23 from nine with a crucial unbeaten 69.

Cirencester remain top of the Gloucestershire division despite a 33-run home setback against Painswick for whom Tom Hayward claimed 4-27 from nine.

Rockhampton are up to second after a five-wicket win at Gloucester, Rowan Cartlidge unbeaten on 66, and Apperley find themselves third following a five-wicket home defeat of Bourton Vale, Matt Williams digging in for a valuable 50.

Matt Brown’s 4-37 helped Corse & Staunton trump Thornbury 2nds by 60 runs, and Cheltenham Civil Service romped in by seven wickets at Frocester 2nds, John Garrett (4-15) and Richard Robinson (3-23, both from nine) enjoying the bowling conditions.

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