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THREE wickets apiece for teenager Stanley Brown and Luke Sellers laid the foundations for Cheltenham to ease in by eight wickets away to neighbours Hatherley & Reddings in the second round of action in the Courage West of England League.

Brown finished with excellent figures of 3-15 and Sellers 3-30, both from eight, as the home side struggled to reach 140 in this Covid Group F clash after winning the toss.

Kieran Smith (59 not) and opener Peter Woodland (43) then ensured Cheltenham made it two from two with almost 19 overs to spare.

Skipper Adam Stuart’s unbeaten 105 was a highlight of Dumbleton’s 94-run home victory over Gloucester, teenage left-arm spinner Ryan Kilmister bagging 4-33 from eight as his side also made it two in a row.

Stroud followed up their opening weekend victory with a 47-run success at Rockhampton, Chris Job unbeaten on 72.

And Thornbury also made it two in a row by showing plenty of composure to edge Frocester by four wickets with an over to spare. Opener Ed Webb led the way with 88 while Josh Slade (51) and skipper Marc Lezar (44 not) also made important contributions.

In Covid Group A, Keynsham edged local rivals Brislington by two runs while Knowle went down by 88 runs at Midsomer Norton.

Steve Snell pounded 158 (12 fours, 12 sixes) as Bedminster overwhelmed Downend by 180 runs in Covid Group B, Chris Kislingbury’s 85 put Winterbourne on course for a four-wicket home success over Bishopston and opener Fin Trenouth hit 87 as Bristol saw off Congresbury by six wickets.

It was a good weekend for Bristol whose 2nds held on for a one-run triumph in Covid Group C over local rivals OB Westbury while Dan Broome’s spell of 4-36 helped ensure a 35-run victory for Golden Hill at Twyford House.

Corse & Staunton made it two from two in Covid Group H, Ed Goolden top scoring on 50 at home to Painswick before Callum King, Matt Brown and Matt Cox took two wickets apiece in a thrilling six-run triumph.

Opener Jack Gilpin stroked a patient 84 for Bourton Vale who trumped Cheltenham Civil Service by 31 runs while Hugh Leeke’s 5-36 was in vain for Apperley who succumbed by 55 runs at home to Cirencester.

Chris Whincup hit 117 and shared an opening stand of 204 with Ben French (47) as Frocester 2nds overcame their Thornbury counterparts by eight wickets.

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