Week Two WEPL review

LAST wicket pair Jamie Diamond and 14-year-old debutant Ryan Kilmister held their nerve to see newly promoted Dumbleton to a tense victory with an over to spare at Biddestone in WEPL Premier Two Glos/Wilts.

The visitors, needing 201, were in charge at 187-6 before a late collapse brought out the best from the two tailenders who knocked off the decisive nine runs.

Earlier, there were three wickets apiece for Wade Ridsdale and Ed Bragg as Biddestone were bowled out for 200 with Ryan, a member of the Gloucestershire Under-14 squad, sending down ten overs for only 29.

Dan Davis hit 55 and followed up with 5-26 from eight for Thornbury who made it two from two with a 181-run home victory at Trowbridge.

Cheltenham also made it two in a row thanks to a 136-run success at Rockhampton where Josh Breed hit 54 and then took 3-6.

Simon Taylor’s burst of 4-34 for Lechlade was in vain in an 89-run setback at home to Corsham.

Gloucestershire’s Ian Cockbain was unbeaten on 62 off 45 balls for Downend who completed a four-wicket home win over Potterne in Premier One.

Opener Nathan Roberts contributed 55 to help make it two from two for Downend who are celebrating their 125thanniversary.

Earlier, Gloucestershire Academy Plus seamer Callum Gregory (3-37), Brandon Gilmour (3-44) and skipper Matt Jackson (2-14 from six) restricted Potterne to 183 all out.

Bedminster came second by 159 runs away to Bridgwater, Bristol lost by 77 runs at home to newcomers Goatacre and Frocester slipped up by 130 runs at home to Taunton St Andrews with opener Uzi Qureshi being denied a well-deserved century when he was last man out for 98.

In Premier Two Bristol/Somerset, Keynsham bowled out Weston-super-Mare for 113 but failed to capitalise in a 33-run reverse while Bishopston lost by seven wicket at home to Ilminster.

Winterbourne, meanwhile, thumped Claverham by 154 runs in Bristol & North Somerset.

There were half centuries from new signing Josh Beal, formerly with Glastonbury, and Sam Bracey who took the visitors to an all out total of 228.

Claverham were up against the ropes from the start after folding to 19-5 as Kieran Slade (3-16 from seven) made his mark with spinner Ben Parker (2-14) and Richard Trotman (3-4 from five) then lending support.

Knowle were 50-run home victors over local rivals Brislington, Stapleton slipped to a 141-run reverse at home to Bath 2nds while Zora Singh smashed 78 in Twyford House’s home 79-run triumph against Bristol 2nds.

In the Gloucestershire division, 16-year-old Jake Cropper claimed 6-41 from ten, including a hat-trick, but still finished on the losing side as Cheltenham 2nds were edged by one wicket in the home derby against Hatherley & Reddings.

Openers James Cook (107) and Chris Whincup (86) paved the way for Frocester 2nds to pound Kingsholm by 258 runs while there were also wins for Gloucester City Winget, Cheltenham Civil Service and Stroud.