STROUD made a terrific start to their bid for honours in this season’s Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Cup by chasing down an imposing target of 326 away to Bedminster.
The Bristol club’s all-out total was dominated by George Russell’s quick-fire 144 off only 86 balls (14 fours, ten sixes) while opener Gareth Elphick weighed in with 63.
Pick of the Stroud attack was Tom Horrell with 5-45 from nine while the all-rounder then went out to open the batting and thumped a magnificent 134.
His 109-ball knock included 18 fours and three sixes, and he shared a match-winning stand of 250 for the second wicket with Dominic Thompson who was dismissed four runs short of a deserved century.
Downend progressed in the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy with a 52-run victory away to Almondsbury.
Jason Notton’s 60 not off 27 balls and 50 from Dan Semple lifted Downend to 212-5 before Almondsbury were pegged back to 160.
Corse & Staunton, meanwhile, are through to the Gloucestershire group finals of the Cricketer Village Cup thanks to a six-wicket home win over Rockhampton.
The visitors reached 213-9 after losing the toss, Rob Belbin (47) and opener Matt Tyler (44) top scoring as Josh Preston captured 3-46 and Matt Brown 2-36.
Skipper Tim Dannatt then led the Corse response from the front with an unbeaten 117 off 115 balls (13 fours, four sixes), sharing a fine opening partnership with Kiran Chakraborty (55) to ensure victory was secured with almost three overs to spare.
Corse now entertain Marshfield, who overwhelmed Frocester by nine wickets, on Sunday (1pm) for a place in the last 32.
Also on Sunday, Aston Ingham face Colwall in the Herefordshire and Powys Group.
Aston, who are going well at this early stage of the season in Division Three of the Gloucestershire County League, cruised into their final thanks to a ten-wicket pounding of Bartestree & Lugwardine, Tim Dulson taking 3-8 from three and Josh Loade smashing an unbeaten 56.