Week Three West of England Premier League review

MATT Brown hit the winning four with just three balls to spare to give Corse & Staunton a nerve-tingling one-wicket victory away to Goatacre in WEPL Premier Two Glos/Wilts.

The visitors, chasing a target of 202, lost wickets at regular intervals as they chipped away at their target.

But Jack Hutchings kept a calm head with an unbeaten 50 from 57 before last man Brown struck the all-important boundary after Bertie Wyatt had earlier claimed fine figures of 4-18 from ten.

It was just as tense at Corsham where Cheltenham eased in by two wickets with only a ball in hand.

Max Shepherd took 3-51 from 10 as the home side rattled up 301-7 ahead of Cheltenham pacing their reply perfectly through Josh Breed (81), Mike Kelly (49) and Will Hope (48 not) while Luke Sellers capped a late cameo with the winning four.

Promoted Painswick saw off Hatherley & Reddings by 12 runs, Luke Woolway starring with an unbeaten 137 from 108 (16 fours, three sixes) while Tom Bowler’s 80 was in vain for the home side.

Thornbury, also elevated last year, trumped Royal Wootton Bassett by five wickets, spinner Harry Donelan taking 4-41 and Robbie O’Donnell cracking 57.

In Premier One, promoted Bristol made it two in a row with an eight-wicket derby win over Bedminster, captain Louie Shaw (3-18) and opener Nic Halstead Cleak (71 not) taking centre stage, while it was a tough day for Frocester who went down by 198 runs at Potterne.

Tristan Jungbauer hit 97 and Angus McKenzie was unbeaten on 88 for Bishopston who overcame Keynsham by four wickets in Premier Two Bristol/Somerset.

Captain Callum Loud hit 68 and bagged 3-45 for Downend who edged Shapwick & Polden by three runs while Muhammad Irfan Khan blazed an unbeaten 111 off just 67 (11 fours, seven sixes) for Golden Hill who waltzed in by eight wickets against Bridgwater 2nds.

Gloucester dug deep for a one run home success over Bourton Vale in the Gloucestershire division.

Tom Wilshaw top scored on 47 in Gloucester’s challenge of 245-8 which appeared well within range as Bourton Vale reached 228-5.

But the home side never gave up and kept the pressure on to pull the win out of the fire, Wilshaw earlier capturing the key wicket of James Vlaeminck for 107 off 86 (14 fours, two sixes).

Myles Holland’s burst of 4-34 set up Dumbleton for a four-wicket triumph at Stroud while Josh Barnes (51) and Tom Allcoat (46 not) steered Tewkesbury to a four-wicket victory at Frocester 2nds.

James Williams was unbeaten on 62 for Charlton Kings who eased past Cheltenham Civil Service by six wickets, and promoted Chipping Sodbury saw off Cirencester by 35 runs.

In Bristol & North Somerset, Milo Ayres thumped 89 off only 42 for Brislington who romped past Winterbourne by seven wickets while captain Rupert Young led from the front with 76 for Bristol 2nds in a 144-run derby triumph away to their Bedminster counterparts.

Knowle came up 85 runs short away to bath 2nds, Twyford House were edged out by 40 runs at Congresbury and Bristol West Indian Phoenix saw off fellow newcomers Frenchay by seven wickets.

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