Week Three WEPL round-up

GEORGE MacDuff and Keegan Jansen Van Rensburg both hit centuries as Painswick breezed past Dumbleton by 165 runs to go top of WEPL’s Gloucestershire Division after three rounds of games.

The pair put on 217 for the first wicket after losing the toss, MacDuff reaching three figures for the first time before he was out for 108 while Van Rensburg, who made it two tons in a row, was dismissed for 113.

Their efforts helped Painswick total 316-4 before the home side were rumbled for 151 and a first defeat of the campaign, seamer Tom Hayward taking 4-36 and Van Rensburg following up with a haul of 3-29 from ten overs of spin.

James Williams (112) and Benny Ellis (86) shared a stand of 139 as Charlton Kings piled up 323-6 at home to Bourton Vale who were rushed out for 159 and a 164-run reverse by Ollie Horne (4-21) and Gavin Williams (4-25).

It was tighter at Cirencester who edged to a low scoring two-wicket triumph over Apperley, Jono Jamieson-Black compiling a crucial 53 while Craig Collinson’s 5-28 was a highlight of Gloucester’s 71-run home success over Tewkesbury and Frocester 3rds overcame Rockhampton by 67 runs.

Leg spinner Alex Russell finished with fine figures of 5-6 from just 5.3 overs for Stroud who romped past Burbage & Easton Royal by 130 runs in Premier Two Glos/Wilts, Ewan Gegg earlier top scoring on 77.

Max Shepherd (4-22 from ten) paved the way for Cheltenham to trump Warminster by eight wickets, but Frocester came up two runs short against Corsham and Corse & Staunton suffer a 109-run reverse at Goatacre.

It was a tough day too for Hatherley & Reddings who went down by 134 runs at home to new leaders Marshfield.

In Premier One, Bedminster emerged 15-run victors in a high-scoring thriller at Thornbury for whom opener Dan Lezar’s 101 proved to be in vain.

Bristol made it three from three in Premier Two Bristol/Somerset, overcoming Ilminster by three wickets while Dan Harris crashed a crucial unbeaten 55 off 26 and followed up with 3-30 from ten as Bishopston saw off neighbours Golden Hill by six runs despite an heroic unbeaten 110 on debut from former Pakistan under-19 international Zeeshan Malik.

Winterbourne went down by 17 runs at Frome and Downend slipped to a four-wicket setback at home to Shapwick & Polden.

Bristol & North Somerset leaders Knowle marched on with a six-wicket home win against Bradley Stoke, captain Ollie Haynes grabbing 4-26 from ten.

Twyford House also made it three from three with a four-wicket success away to Bath 2nds while Bedminster 2nds edged their Bristol counterparts by three wickets, Keynsham emerged one-wicket victors in the local derby with Brislington and OB Westbury went down by six wickets at home to Congresbury.

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