CHRIS Job (125) and New Zealander Dominic Thompson (109) shared a third wicket stand of 227 for Stroud who made it two from two in the WEPL’s Gloucestershire division, romping in by 170 runs at Dumbleton.
The visitors piled up a total of 309-5 after winning the toss before Job (4-20 from ten) and his brother James (3-35 from 6.1) got to work with the ball.
Stroud are tied at the top of the table at this early stage with Frocester 2nds who overwhelmed Chipping Sodbury by 137 runs, Chris Whinup unbeaten on 100 and Sam Birch tidying up the tail with figures of 3-3 from eight balls.
Only a point behind are Cheltenham Civil Service who were 50-run victors at Bourton Vale where Ben Gaskin top scored on 53 and George Leadbetter captured 3-19 from ten.
Promoted Cirencester got off the mark with a six-wicket win away to fellow newcomers Apperley, James Waller (4-42) and Ben Moody (77 not) both shining.
And skipper Tom Allcoat (71 not) saw Tewkesbury to a five-wicket success at home to Corse & Staunton.
In Premier One, newcomers Bedminster went down by six wickets at home to Potterne.
The Bristol side struggled to 142 with Rich Sillars scoring a second successive half century, this time being dismissed for 56, one of four victims for former Gloucestershire all-rounder Ed Young who then hit an unbeaten 50 to seal the points.
Bristol were bowled out for 165 at home to Downend but still won by 37 runs.
Opener James Bracey top scored on 57 against an attack featuring fellow Gloucestershire ‘Academy Plus’ contract players Ollie Currill (3-20 from eight) and Callum Gregory (0-28 from ten).
In reply, Gloucestershire’s Kieran Noema-Barnett claimed 3-14 from nine and also held on to two catches for Bristol while there was a return of 4-33 from 8.1 for Dan Jones as Brandon Gilmour top scored on 35.
Frocester, the 2015 champions and last year’s runners-up, went down to a second successive defeat after a five-wicket home setback against Bridgwater while newcomers Lechlade lost by 52 runs at Corsham.
In Premier Two Glos/Wilts, Cheltenham made it two from two with an 11-run triumph away to Burbage & Easton Royal, James Schofield hitting 52 and following up with 4-12.
Rockhampton rallied from a shaky 20-3 to total 295-6 at home to Gloucester City Winget, eventually prevailing by 49 runs.
Opener Tristan De Beer (61), Will Tyler (107 not, 12 fours and a six) and Guy Brothwood (69) hit form for the village side while the visitors’ final total owed much to No 8 Alex Nel’s explosive 68 from 33 balls.
Thornbury lost by four wickets at home to Goatacre despite opener Dan Davis hitting 62 and Luke Franklin finishing with 3-46 from nine while Hatherley & Reddings slipped up by 54 runs at Biddestone.
In Premier Two Bristol/Somerset, David O’Brien’s 63 was crucial to Bishopston’s 106-run home victory against Shapwick & Polden, and half centuries from home-grown products Lloyd Richardson, James Copeland and Ryan Thorpe paved the way for newly promoted Claverham to overcome Lansdown by 51 runs.
Brislington are the early pacesetters in Bristol & North Somerset thanks to a 195-run victory at Knowle which featured an explosive unbeaten 103 from Leigh Iles who was dropped early on.
He put on an unbeaten 145 for the ninth wicket with Jacob Reeves (35) before Sam Malone (4-8) and Ethan Maule (4-24) led the charge.
Bristol 2nds are hot on their tails following a five-wicket win at Stapleton while there were also victories for Old Bristolians Westbury and Winterbourne.