Week 7 Gloucestershire County League round-up
WOODMANCOTE boosted their hopes of avoiding the drop with a crucial five-wicket victory at home to fellow strugglers Gloucester AIW Sports who remain bottom of Division One of the Bank House Gloucestershire County League.
Paul Turner (4-27 from nine), Lewis Lincoln-Gordon (3-24) and Joe Pritchard (2-18) combined to dismiss the visitors for 72 after they had the toss.
And Woodmancote then went on to nail down their second win of the summer to stay second bottom but are now crucially within touching distance of Cranham and Painswick.
Leaders Lydney, though, had to work hard for a four-run home triumph against Painswick.
Simon Taylor’s terrific nine-over spell of 5-10 saw Lydney fade to 141 all out, but it proved to be just enough as Pete Glynn and Slater Asnicar both grabbed four wickets for the high-flyers.
Cranham suffered a six-wicket home reverse against Charlton Kings for whom Josh Trewin and Ali Parker hit half centuries while Ben Cambridge (3-38) led the charge as Kingsholm edged Redmarley by 36 runs.
Opener Jon Tegg, meanwhile, dominated Westbury-on-Severn’s chase to 171 with an unbeaten 104 in the eight-wicket home triumph against Cheltenham 2nds.
Division Two pacesetters Cam marched on with a 110-run home victory against Stone, Jake Dolbear thumping 129 and Gareth Udal 75.
Hatherley & Reddings 2nds remain second despite a 40-run home reverse against Poulton for whom Jody Lawrence was unbeaten on 74.
And third-placed Cinderford St John suffered a one-wicket setback away to Chipping Sodbury 2nds for whom Jerry Swatton’s unbeaten 66 proved crucial after Richard Lane’s haul of 5-42 for the home side.
Simon Baverstock’s 5-39 from nine put Tetbury on course for a nine-wicket home triumph against Gloucester City Winget 2nds, and Thornbury 2nds squeezed in by eight runs at home to Oldlands for whom Brad Thomas and Marley Thomas hit half centuries.
Division Three leaders Woodpeckers overcame Lydney 2nds by four wickets, Ed Bressington capturing 3-16 and then compiling a crucial unbeaten 82.
And opener Mahesh Shetty’s 105 spurred second-place Ullenwood Bharat to an eight-wicket triumph away to Frampton-on-Severn.
Frocester 3rds trumped Newent by 66 runs, Shurdington defeated Rockhampton 2nds by nine wickets and Slaughters United had 97 from opener Angus Hayward in their 47-run home success against Great Rissington.
Hawkesbury Upton, the Division Four pacesetters, suffered a first defeat when they tumbled to a three-wicket reverse at Cheltenham Civil Service 2nds.
John Garrett and Billy Parker finished with four wickets each for the home side who then had contributions throughout the order as they chased down a target of 166 with three overs in hand.
Witcombe are now only a point behind in second thanks to their 23-run home triumph against Aston Ingham for whom Tim Dulson’s 5-37 was in vain.
At the other end of the table there was a first win for Lechlade 2nds who defeated Dymock by 47 runs, Freddie Merrett top scoring with 60, and Andy Downes’ unbeaten 83 saw Birdlip & Brimpsfield to an eight-wicket home win against Dumbleton 2nds.
In Division Five, Matt Bicker (5-34) laid the foundations for Langford to trump St Stephens by six wickets and go back on top as Minchinhampton lost ground with a seven-wicket home setback against Apperley 2nds who recorded their first victory, opener Steve Best unbeaten on 75.
Richard Cox produced one of the bowling spells of the day, claiming 6-17 from nine, for Stroud 2nds who overcame their Painswick counterparts by four wickets.
Kings Stanley were 111-run home victors against Haresfield Gladiators, Alex and Keith Atkinson taking three wickets each.