Week One WEPL review

SKIPPER Marc Lezar crashed an unbeaten 179 off just 109 deliveries as Thornbury marked their return to WEPL Premier One with a crushing 175-run home triumph over Lansdown.

The South Gloucestershire side got off to a solid start through openers Dan Lezar (42) and Ed Webb (26) after winning the toss.

Chris Matthews kept his side on track with 84 off 81 in a partnership of 141 for the third wicket with Marc Lezar who then took charge in style, hammering eight fours and 17 sixes.

Marc added 127 for the fourth wicket in 13 overs with Josh Slade who contributed only 20 in an entertaining partnership.

Thornbury finished on 386-4 off their 50 ahead of Lansdown wilting from 80-1 to 211 all out, Danny Slade (4-35 from seven) running through the middle order.

Bedminster were five-wicket winners at Chippenham, Max Tryfonos (46) and Joe Millard (43) in the runs before Cameron Melly (66 not) guided his side to the spoils with almost 12 overs to spare.

In Premier Two Bristol/Somerset, Bristol dispatched newcomers Golden Hill by 151 runs, New Zealander Mitch Renwick taking centre stage with 192 off 152 balls (17 fours and a six).

Gloucestershire’s Ian Cockbain top scored on 70 in relegated Downend’s three-wicket home defeat of Bishopston while Winterbourne trumped Shapwick & Polden by four wickets.

Promoted Corse & Staunton got off to the best possible start in Premier Two Glos/Wilts with a 32-run triumph at Warminster, Matt Cox and Jack Tyrer contributing half centuries while there were three wickets each for Callum King and Ed Goolden.

Harrish Kannan’s unbeaten 100 proved to be in vain for Cheltenham who went down by four wickets at Frocester for whom Devlin Webb bagged 4-29 from ten ahead of Will Naish (56) and skipper Uzi Qureshi and Dan Whincup (both 47) leading the run chase.

Hatherley & Reddings slipped up by 43 runs at Goatacre while Stroud were edged out by three runs at home to Marshfield despite captain Louis Gegg’s 75.

Dumbleton, bidding to bounce straight back after relegation, romped to a 289-run success at home to Frocester 2nds in the Gloucestershire division.

Opener Dan Holland led the way with 140 before Nipun Haggalla cracked an unbeaten 90 off just 41 (six fours, seven sixes) and Tommy Boorman contributed 80 ahead of Aaron Tomson capturing 4-4 from 15 balls.

Benny Ellis’ fine 167 off 138 (15 fours, 11 sixes) could not prevent promoted Charlton Kings from suffering a three-wicket home reverse against Rockhampton for whom Will Cartlidge top scored on 106.

Cirencester and promoted Tewkesbury tied a thriller at The Park while Luke Woolway hit 104 off 95 (seven fours, six sixes) for Painswick who trumped Apperley by 63 runs and Gloucester were eight-run home winners against Bourton Vale, Sam Winton unbeaten on 72 and following up with a spell of 4-23.

In the Bristol & North Somerset division, Twyford House launched their 75th anniversary celebrations with a comfortable six-wicket win away to Old Bristolians Westbury.

Brislington saw off promoted Bedminster 2nds by 56 runs and newly promoted Bradley Stoke went down by three wickets at home to Congresbury. Knowle crushed Bristol 2nds by 170 runs and Keynsham held off Bath 2nds by 26 runs.

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