Week Six Gloucestershire County League review

OPENER Ed Verrall (62) and Andy Green (4-26) were the stars as Redmarley inflicted a first defeat of the season on Gloucestershire County League Division One leaders Painswick.

Redmarley had to battle all the way to total 159 as Jack Hobbis (3-19) and Nathan Fagg (3-35) led a tight bowling attack.

But batting was even trickier for Painswick as Green wreaked havoc on the top order, assisted by Vrrall (2-32) and Ollie Norman (2-7) while there were also tight spells from James Holland and Mike Alley.

Poulton are the new leaders thanks to an 118-run home triumph over Charlton Kings, Liam Smith (3-10) and Nick Bale (3-30) leading the charge.

Chipping Sodbury are up to third, brothers Jamie (5-20) and John Rendell (50) both shining in a four-wicket victory at Apperley with Tom Makepeace contributing 65.

Matt Cox’s 108 and a haul of 4-11 from nine by Mike Gittings saw Corse & Staunton to a 157-run home roasting of Lydney while George Dolling and Ben Holloway captured four wickets apiece in Cam’s two-wicket success at Westbury-on-Severn.

Thornbury 2nds are six from six at the top of Division Two thanks to a six-wicket win at Woodmancote while Shurdington are up to second courtesy of a five-wicket home victory against Hatherley & Reddings 2nds.

Three wickets apiece for seamer Jack Philpott and spinner Dan Brown put Chipping Sodbury 2nds on course for a first win, trumping Cinderford St Johns by six wickets.

And Steve Pennington’s haul of 5-7 from nine overs put the skids under Cranham who slipped up by 94 runs at Oldlands.

Josh Henson shone with 5-22 for Division Three high-flyers Aston Ingham who eased in by six wickets at home to Frampton-on-Severn while Taylor Ireland’s 4-44 and an unbeaten 35 were in vain for Frocester 3rds who lost out by 21 runs at home to Chipping Camden.

Matt Belbin finished with 5-10 for Rockhampton 2nds who overcame Slaughters United by eight wickets, and the in-form Pete Lavis was unbeaten on 72 in Stone’s eight-wicket home victory against Hawkesbury Upton.

There was a tie in Division Four with Dymock and Witcombe finishing exactly level.

Harry Wise dominated Dymock’s 272-5 with an unbeaten 128 (20 fours, two sixes) while opener Sam Carter responded with 100 for the visitors.

Clive Stewart finished with the excellent figures of 5-13 from nine for Lydney 2nds who held off Great Rissington by 47 runs, and Matt Clark grabbed 4-14 off 17 balls for Langford who were 96-run victors at Newent.

In Division Five, Corse & Staunton 2nds and Birdlip & Brimpsfield both stretched their 100 per cent runs to six outings.

Corse edged Minchinhampton by just two runs while Andy Hieron (4-25) and Kent Partridge (3-16) starred with the ball for Corse who defeated King’s Stanley by 84 runs.