Cotswold & District Cricket Association Div 1 round-up
7:41am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Sport
SweetFuels CDCA Division 1 champions Adlestrop came back down to earth with a bump as they lost their final league game at Chedworth.
Batting first, the hosts posted a competitive 178-5 with contributions, but no big scores, from all their batsmen. Jonathan Stanley (31) top-scored and the wickets were shared between Nick Rawlings (2-43) and Sam Keen (2-48). On recent form, Adlestrop might have expected to chase down this total but wickets fell in clusters with three going down on the same score to leave them at 43-4. The recovery, led by Rupert Leigh (21*) was hampered by wickets continuing to fall. Rob George (4-32) took the most wickets, but the early damage was done by Oliver Lockey (2-30) and Henry Lait (2-36) as the Adlestrop innings petered out to 130-9.
At Williamstrip, visitors Langford grabbed the runners-up spot with a comfortable win. Batting first, Langford put on 199 all out mainly thanks to an outstanding century in 95 balls from Harry Stevens (100) and good support from James West (32). Bruce Currie (5-23) bowled well and Steve Reeves picked up 2-34.
In reply, Williamstrip lost two early wickets including the prolific Mike Godwin first ball. Despite a good knock from Kevin Sandhu (57) with good support from Ollie Newman (37*) the hosts never recovered and slumped to 139 all out. For Langford, Jack Brown (4-18) was the pick of the bowlers alongside Chris Sinsbury (2-34) and Mike Bicker (2-35).
Windrush Valley, already relegated to Div 2, finished their season on a positive note with a good win at home to Barnsley Beeches. The visitors batted first and posted a modest 146 all out mainly thanks to Tim Smith (44) and Andrew Walker (36). The main damage was done by J Richardson (4-30) and Gideon Long (2-34).
After tea, early wickets from Vijay Sankuratri (4-29) and George Corbett (2-34) looked like swinging the game towards the visitors. However, Windrush were always ahead of the asking rate and some middle-order runs, with D Keen (28*) to the fore, saw Windrush creep over the line at 149-8 with 11 overs to spare.
At NATS, visitors Stow-on-the-Wold decided to bat and put together 191-4 on a good wicket. This total relied heavily on a fine second-wicket partnership between Chris Heaps (78) and Dan Smith (69). For NATS, Graham Barlettt (10-3-17-0) bowled a mean but wicketless spell and Rob Griffiths (3-30) took the wickets.
After the break it was all about one man, Hayden Elsdale, who bowled a fantastic spell to devastate the NATS batting line-up and finish with 8-37, the best bowling figures in CDCA cricket this season.
Only Bob Phillips (83) resisted as NATS finished on 136 all out in the 34th over to give Stow a comfortable victory.