Week Eight Gloucestershire County League review

SAM Fitzmaurice and Matt Cole took centre stage as Apperley broke their duck with an excellent eight-wicket success away to Westbury-on-Severn in Division One of the AMS Gloucestershire County League.

Fitzmaurice finished with fine figures of 4-18 from nine as Westbury were bowled out for 124 after winning the toss.

And Cole followed up with an assured unbeaten 70 from 89 to seal a welcome first win of the summer.

Leaders Rockhampton, meanwhile, suffered a first reverse as they slipped up two runs at home to centenary-celebrating Kingsholm.

Opener James Boon (87), captain Matt Cayless (68 not) and Ross Tominey (50) powered Kingsholm to 293-6, and it was just enough despite Rowan Cartlidge’s 115 from 114 (16 fours).

The unbeaten run of Thornbury 2nds in Division Two came to an abrupt end with a 10-wicket reverse away to Great Rissington for whom Duan St Arnaud bagged 4-6 from three before thumping an unbeaten 60.

James Schofield reached an unbeaten 101 from 106 for Cheltenham 2nds who totalled 206-8 away to Cam who paced their reply nicely to complete a three-wicket win, Ed Paddock top scoring on 45.

Craig Stow reached 107 (13 fours, four sixes) for Redmarley who then held off Fairford by 23 runs.

Opener Tom Horrell’s unbeaten 134 from 117 (15 fours, one six) paved the way for Tetbury’s 77-run victory away to Bourton Vale 2nds in Division Three where captain Andy Bevan’s unbeaten 41 was crucial for Dymock in a one-wicket triumph away to Cricklade after Brandon Caffull had earlier top scored on 57.

Unbeaten Division Four pacesetters Dumbleton 2nds marched on with a 20-run victory away to Woodmancote, Will Sharp hitting 78.

In Division Five, leaders Quedgeley & Hardwicke thumped bottom side Birdlip & Brimpsfield by eight wickets, Ben Hopkins (4-30) and Ellis Waugh (3-11) inflicting the damage.

Openers CJ Mclean (76) and Martin Collier (53) ensured a five-wicket victory for Division Six pacesetters Down Hatherley at home to Arcadians Nine Elms while unbeaten rivals Gloucester 2nds defeated Eastcombe by ten wickets.

Unbeaten King’s Stanley continued their fine start in Division Seven with a five-wicket home success against Cam 2nds, Billy Botha (4-34) and captain Jamie Bish (50 not) leading the way.

Image courtesy Mike Starling

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