Week Six West of England Premier League review

GAVIN Williams and captain Benny Ellis produced devastating spells of bowling to dismiss Stroud for just 139 and pave the way for Charlton Kings to complete a fine nine-wicket win in WEPL’s Gloucestershire division.

Williams finished with 4-19 from 8.4 while Ellis claimed 3-15 from ten as home side Stroud folded after winning the toss while openers Charlie Watkins (66 not) and Matt Luxton (46) then wrapped up a second win of the summer for Kings.

Leaders Tewkesbury made it five in a row with a seven-wicket home triumph over Cheltenham Civil Service, Brandon Coates (3-6) and Randeera Ranasingha (3-30) inflicting the damage before opener James Whitmore (48) led the charge with the bat.

Chipping Sodbury rallied from 104-7 to reach 285-9 with Mason Poole unbeaten on 96 before Gloucester’s reply stuttered to 169 all out, captain Jamie Rendell following up his 49 with a haul of 5-26 from ten overs of spin.

Rain forced both the Cirencester-Frocester 2nds and Dumbleton-Bourton Vale clashes to be abandoned soon after the mid innings break.

Opener Josh Riggs, meanwhile, crashed 107 off only 52 (12 fours, eight sixes) for Thornbury who dispatched Marshfield by 292 runs in Premier Two Glos/Wilts.

Captain Marc Lezar also cracked 91 in an imposing total of 351 before Marshfield were rushed out for just 59, Tom Vermaak taking 5-25.

Painswick were bowled out for 166 and a 123-run reverse at Burbage & Easton Royal but Corse & Staunton held their nerve for a one-run triumph in a rain-hit date at Cheltenham and Hatherley & Reddings were edged out by two wickets at Corsham.

Bristol’s unbeaten run since being promoted back to Premier One came to an end with a 145-run defeat away to champions Bath despite 104 from opener Nic Halstead Cleak.

Frocester bowled out Taunton Deane for 96, Oshane Thomas and Ryan Kilmister taking three wickets apiece, before wrapping up a five-wicket win.

But Bedminster succumbed by 33 runs away to Taunton St Andrews, Joe Phillips top scoring on 58.

Bishopston are the new leaders of Premier Two Bristol/Somerset following a three-wicket home derby win against Downend, Dom Hooper starring with a return of 4-31 before fellow winter signing Josh Slade contributed an unbeaten 80.

Golden Hill went down by 42 runs at Midsomer Norton, opener Zaman Shafi top scoring on 71.

Brislington, meanwhile, came up just six runs short in their top of the table Bristol & North Somerset meeting with leaders Congresbury, fading after being given a strong start by openers Charlie Brain (65) and Will Ollis (52).

Frenchay completed their first win since being promoted, sealing a six-wicket triumph away to local rivals Winterbourne with captain Alex Stell (4-45 from ten) and Tyrone Isitt (62 not) taking centre stage.

Andre Bailey and Jack Baber bagged three wickets each for promoted Bristol West Indian Phoenix who dismissed Knowle for 134 ahead of easing in by eight wickets.

And captain Parik Shetty’s 123 from 89 (21 fours, two sixes) lifted Twyford House to 272 away to Bristol 2nds who were rumbled for 148, Shetty following up with 3-23 and Chris Bolton 4-27.

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