Week Nine West of England Premier League review

PAINSWICK extended their lead at the top of WEPL’s Gloucestershire division with a 134-run pounding of Cirencester as nearest rivals Dumbleton slipped up away to Bourton Vale.

Luke Woolway (80 not) and opener George MacDuff (54) helped Painswick reach 218-7 after losing the toss in a game reduced to 35 overs per side because of rain, Ellis Sabbath-Holt claiming 4-42 from seven.

Ciren got off to the worst possible start, losing both openers without a run on the board, before rallying to 83-5 only to then suffer a remarkable collapse to 84 all out as Keegan Jansen Van Rensburg (3-10) and captain Jack Hobbis (3-28) made inroads.

Dumbleton, second at the start of the day, suffered a 19-run reverse in a 30-over contest at Bourton Vale, James Vlaeminck cracking 66 off 34 and Ben Hughes taking 3-59.

Charlton Kings moved up to second with a six-wicket home success over Gloucester, Benny Ellis unbeaten on 61, while Alex Ireland finished on 102 for Frocester 2nds who trumped Apperley by 80 runs in a 30-over clash and Tewkesbury were five-wicket winners at Rockhampton.

Premier Two Glos/Wilts pacesetters Frocester were eight-wicket victors chasing a rain-reduced target at Burbage & Easton Royal, Tom Drake claiming 4-37 and Chris Calcott unbeaten on 66.

Corse & Staunton edged Stroud by 32 runs, Ed Goolden finishing with figures of 4-8 from three, while Hatherley & Reddings secured local bragging rights with a 39-run home triumph over Cheltenham, Paul Gorick shining with a return of 4-19 from six.

Gloucestershire Academy all-rounder Shay Sainsbury pounded 77 off only 39 balls (five fours, seven sixes) as Bedminster defeated fellow Premier One high-flyers Potterne by four wickets with two balls to spare in a 20-over contest.

Premier Two Bristol&Somerset leaders Bristol, who boasted a perfect eight from eight record, were washed out at home to second-placed Midsomer Norton.

But Bishopston were 10-run home winners over Winterbourne for whom Darren Vickery bagged 5-13 from eight. Downend, meanwhile, suffered a 130-run humbling at Ilminster.

Three teams find themselves tied at the top of Bristol & North Somerset on the same number of points.

Knowle, who started the day in pole position, crashed to a 116-run setback at Congresbury who now join them in first place along with Twyford House who edged Bradley Stoke by three wickets, Mark Fowler and Vinoth Krishnasamy finishing with three scalps apiece.

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