Week Six Gloucestershire County League review

LUKE Smith shone with ball and then bat as Apperley coasted to their second win of the summer, completing an eight wicket success away to Newent in Division Two of the AMS Gloucestershire County League.

The all-rounder’s day began with a return of 5-22 from 8.5 as Newent faded to 91 all out after winning the toss at home.

And opener Smith followed up with an unbeaten 58 as the points were then banked in less than 17 overs.

There was an even quicker finish at Tetbury who skittled Rockhampton 2nds for 34, James Job bagging 6-13 ahead of romping in by nine wickets.

Bowling performance of the weekend came in Division One where Alex Foulner grabbed 7-19 from nine for Thornbury 2nds, but still finished on the losing side as Chipping Campden held their nerve for a one-run victory, Mark Trueman capturing 4-39.

Anthony James, meanwhile, finished unbeaten on 106 for Aston Ingham in their total of 223-7 away to Lydney who timed their reply to perfection, completing a three-wicket triumph with a ball to spare.

Ullenwood Bharat inflicted a first defeat of the season on Division Three leaders Dumbleton, Jitesh Thammisetti unbeaten on 70 in a seven-wicket success.

Jason Gore compiled 102 off 82 (eight fours, six sixes) for Woodmancote who dispatched Churchdown by 120 runs in Division Four where Stroud 2nds saw off Ashleworth Woodpeckers by five wickets for their first win of the campaign, Matt Richings claiming 4-15.

It was a good day too for Down Hatherley captain Shane Trigg who reached 114 off 113 (20 fours) to inspire a 91-run home triumph against Parkend in Division Five where Cirencester 2nds opener Andy Baxter was bowled for 98 in a 16-run reverse away to Minchinhampton who sealed their first win of the season.

Leaders Whitminster made it six from six with a five-wicket success away to Sheepscombe, Jake Clack hitting the timbers all five times to finish with excellent figures of 5-20 from eight.

In Division Six, Gavin Dean’s burst of 5-5 from 4.4 saw Tormarton skittled for 38 ahead of King’s Stanley romping to a ten-wicket victory.

And skipper Brooke Turner led from the front with 101 for Upton St Leonards who went on to trump Winchcombe by 65 runs, Jamie Roberts claiming 4-14 from 6.3 overs.

Nathan Fagg (4-14 from eight) and Ollie Moore (3-12 from six) combined to dismiss Oaksey for 135 in Division Seven ahead of Painswick 2nds completing a five-wicket triumph.

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