A round-up of the latest set of district matches.
Stroud and South Gloucestershire (SSG) got their season off to a flying start with a nine wicket win over Gloucester and the Forest of Dean (GFOD).
On a blustery day at Tockington Manor School, SSG skipper Archie Symonds (Thornbury) won the toss and had no hesitation in putting the victors into bat.
The first four overs passed without incident before Edward Ball (4) (Quedgeley and Hardwicke) was clean bowled by Max Buckingham (1-17)( Carsons and Mangotsfield) to make it 17-1 .This brought GFOD captain Seb Pascoe (Kingsholm) in to join Ronnie Newbury (Gloucester) and together they building a score to defend with a mix of good defence and attacking shots on a fast outfield. They added 22 before Newbury was caught off the bowling of Austin Strange for a lively 18. Pascoe (30) continued to look confident but he was undone by the first ball of leg spinner Aayan Anis (2-6) (Frocester), playing his first ever district game. With the skipper gone, the rest followed in quick succion as GFOD collapsed to 78 all out, losing their last seven wickets for 11 runs. Winterbourne’s Matt Waters did the damage with a lively spell that produced staggering figures of 5-6 with four of these wickets clean bowled.
In response the SSG openers looked to be confident from ball one but contained by an accurate start from GFOD new ball pair Oliver Workman and Dominic Webb (both Tewkesbury). The first wicket fell with the score on 23 when the first change bowler Harry Singh (Charlton Kings) produced a remarkable one handed caught and bowled to remove Symonds for 10. But his was to be the last wicket to fall as Harry Hussey (24*) (Frenchay) and Freddie Bennett (27*) (Winterbourne) batted well to see the game home in the 18th over. Scorecard
Cheltenham and Cotswolds (C&C) Under 12s secured a hard fought 15 run victory over Bristol (pictured) in their first district match of the season.
Batting first, the home side made 114-5 from their 30 overs in the face of disciplined bowling from the visiting attack. Opening bowlers Will Schofield (Bristol YMCA) and Dan Lambert (Lansdown) were particularly accurate both only going for seven apiece with the new ball. But the C & C batsman dug in and reached a competitive total thanks to notable contributions from Barney Mason (21) (Dumbleton), Charlie Thorn (21) (Poulton) and Joe Winder (22) (Bourton Vale).
A wicket in the first over for Isaac Ewles (1-5) gave C&C an early lift, however Bristol soon recovered, led by George Herring (24). He held the innings together as his side reached 71-4 before being dismissed by a superb direct hit from Joe Winder. It proved to be the turning point in the game as the C&C bowlers managed to take regular wickets. Winder took 2-2 from 4 overs and Adam Ryder (Cheltenham) snared 3-6 (Cheltenham) as Bristol were eventually bowled out for 99, giving C&C a 15 run victory. Scorecard
In the other district Under 12 match Anir Sanat (Thornbury) carried his bat with an unbeaten 69 to help SSG to a 64 run win over GFOD. He was well-supported by Rockhampton’s Tiger Sherred-Isles who made 33 as SSG made 142-3 from their 30 overs. In reply Bobby Britto (Gloucester) made 16 and Jack Denly (Hatherley and Reddings) 19 but no one else could reach double figures. Wickets were shared between seven bowlers as GFOD finished on 88 all out. Scorecard
C&C U11s made it two wins from two after hanging on to beat GFOD by a single wicket. Chasing 87 to win held their nerve to secure victory in the 18th over. Opener Neel Kulkarni (Cheltenham) made 15, while captain Noah Haslam (Poulton) was the mainstay of the run chase with 20. For GFOD opening bowler Oscar Waller (3-25) (Hatherley and Reddings) took the first three wickets to fall and there were also wickets for Joseph Tutty (Hatherley and Reddings), and Charlie Herbert (Cheltenham) (2-15). Earlier Jack Savage (14) and Freddie Hill (16) topscored for GFOD but both were run out before they could turn their starts into big scores. Cirencester’s Arthur Smith was the pick of the bowlers with 3-16 while Kulkarni took 2-6. Scorecard