Week Three Gloucestershire County League review

JON Kear’s unbeaten 111 helped pave the way for Lydney to brush past local rivals Cinderford St John by 97 runs and make it three from three at the top of Division Two in the AMS Gloucestershire County League.

The opener faced 109 balls and hit 16 fours to dominate his side’s challenge of 210-8, Mark Roberts capturing 3-18 from six, ahead of Saints coming up well short as Ellis Boughton, Jack O’Connell, Alex Antoine and Ed Jones bagged two wickets apiece.

Chris Pearce finished with 5-37 as Langford were dismissed for 204, but Rockhampton also found batting tricky as they were bowled out for 113 and a 91-run reverse, Chris Sinsbury the pick of the attack with a return of 3-23.

Anthony James, meanwhile, produced the bowling figures of the day, capturing 6-40 in Division One as Aston Ingham saw off Poulton by 12 runs.

Richard Robinson’s return of 5-22 from nine helped dismiss Chipping Sodbury for 121, but Richard Wood responded with a burst of 5-15 as Cheltenham Civil Service folded to a 51-run defeat.

In Division Three, captain Jon Welch led from the front with 109 for Fairford who emerged 65-run victors away to Bourton Vale 2nds.

Henry Driver-Dickerson claimed 5-18 off eight for Hatherley & Reddings 2nds but still finished on the losing side as Frampton-on-Severn went on to a complete a 130-run triumph thanks to Dan Huxstep (4-11), John Gray (3-32) and Dan Halsey (2-12).

Benn Pocket could not have done much more to inspire Cranham in their Division Four trip to Cricklade, capturing 5-28 from seven and top scoring on 68, but his side still succumbed to a 53-run reverse.

There was a tremendous finish at Whitminster in Division Five where Cirencester 2nds held their nerve for a two-wicket triumph off the final ball.

Ross Wakely’s 115 off 86 (15 fours, one six) lifted the home side to 229-3, but Ciren paced their reply perfectly, captain Oli Thornley top scoring on 98.

In Division Six, opener Ali Smith’s unbeaten 105 paved the way for Haresfield Gladiators to clinch a 25-run win at Stone for whom captain Pete Lavis produced a battling 110 not out.

And Ben Hopkins’ burst of 5-40 from eight ensured a 35-run success for Quedgeley & Hardwicke at home to Gloucester 2nds.

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