Week Five West of England Premier League review

TOM Stevens and James Whitmore shared an opening stand of 273 for Tewkesbury who made it four wins in a row in WEPL’s Gloucestershire division with a commanding 258-run victory at Charlton Kings.

Whitmore was first out, for 117 off 112 (20 fours, one six) while Stevens went on to reach 142 from 111(23 fours, two sixes) as their side piled up 383-8 after winning the toss.

Brandon Coates (4-21) along with Randeera Ranasingha and Sanath Jayawardhana, who both finished with 2-15, then wrapped up a comfortable win for the leaders.

Gloucester are up to second following a six-wicket home success over Dumbleton, Craig Collinson capturing 4-15 from ten ahead of adding an unbeaten 44 while Sam Hewitt dropped anchor for an unbeaten 76 from 132 and Dan Brabham also hit 62.

Ollie Lockey hammered 119 off only 68 (six fours, 11 sixes) for Bourton Vale who also had a rapid 83 from Richard Cook in a 204-run pounding of Cheltenham Civil Service, Ryan Newhook bagging 4-18.

Stroud were 58-run victors at home to Cirencester, Callum Gegg out for exactly 100 and Taylor Ireland taking 4-31 from ten, while Frocester 2nds squeezed in by one wicket at home to Chipping Sodbury.

Frocester’s first XI also completed a one wicket triumph in Premier One, Harry Senior hitting the winning boundary off the last ball of the match away to Lansdown.

Captain Will Naish top scored on 71 for the visitors while there was a return of 3-28 from nine for Ryan Kilmister.

Bristol made it four in a row with a six wicket success at home to Taunton St Andrews, an unbroken stand of 105 between captain Louie Shaw (57) and Sam Bracey (48) banking the points but Bedminster went down by 67 runs at Taunton Deane.

Thornbury, leaders of Premier Two Glos/Wilts, suffered a three-wicket setback at Corsham which enabled Cheltenham to take pole position courtesy of a five-wicket victory at Goatacre.

Josh Breed’s haul of 6-45 helped restrict Goatacre to 254 while the all-rounder followed up with an unbeaten 82 as the points were banked with five overs to spare.

Hatherley & Reddings went down by one wicket at home to Burbage & Easton Royal while Painswick breezed past Corse & Staunton by 157 runs, Jon Conolly (3-12) and brother Matt (3-16) both shining.

Golden Hill are top of Premier Two Bristol/Somerset following an eight wicket home victory against Shapwick & Polden which featured an unbeaten century from Muhammad Irfan Khan but Downend suffered a 39-run home reverse against Keynsham.

Bishopston skittled Midsomer Norton for 75 to seal a 118-run win, Angus McKenzie grabbing 4-10 and Joe Cook 4-20.

But Bish owed plenty to No 9 Alby Stevens who hit an unbeaten 80 and shared a last wicket stand of 92 with Joe Cook (nine) to lift their side from 101-9 to 193 all out.

Winterbourne opened their account in the Bristol & North Somerset division with a 12-run triumph away to Bedminster 2nds while Bristol West Indian Phoenix were 48-run victors away to Bath 2nds.

Bristol 2nds suffered a first defeat of the summer, succumbing by 74 runs away to new leaders Congresbury, and Twyford House chased down a target of 276 at Knowle with two wickets and five balls to spare, Richard Trotman top scoring on 93.

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