Cotswold & District Cricket Association Division One round-up
10:52am Monday 28th May 2012 in Sport
MATCH of the day was played at Adlestrop, where the champions of the last two years entertained last year’s runners-up Chedworth.
The visitors were given first use of the wicket and got off to a poor start, losing both openers with only eight on the board. The middle order, however, batted fluently, led by the Lockey family, with Oliver scoring 56 and Alistair 37.
Good runs from John Watson (39) and Chris Miles (38) boosted the total to a challenging 206-7.
For the hosts, the leading bowler was Jamie Parker with 5-48.
For the second successive match, the Adlestrop unbeaten run was under serious threat, especially when a wicket fell in the first over. However, this brought Sam Keen to the crease and he put together an outstanding innings of 110*.
He was initially outscored by opener Christian Hudson-Evans (39) but then dominated all the other partnerships. Chedworth stayed in the hunt with some good bowling and wickets fell regularly, especially to John Watson (3-51). However, Adlestrop had some experience down the order and they provided enough support to allow Keen to take Adlestrop to an important victory with only one over to spare.
Oakridge maintained their 100 per cent record with an easy win at Oaksey. Batting first, the home side lost three early wickets to the accurate Stuart Ridge (4-22) and never recovered.
Dan Horton (20), along with Ken Lane and Nick Price, salvaged some respectability. Once they fell the tail folded as Ed Bryant (4-18) picked up some cheap wickets to leave Oaksey on 84 all out.
On an improving pitch the result was never in doubt after an opening partnership of 69. The prolific Mark Robbins departed for a rapid 42 with opening partner Tim Hawkins on 24* as the target was reached.
Windrush Valley posted a competitive 184-9 at home to NATS. The main contributors were Phil Colmer (60) and skipper Gideon Long, who scored 37 of the 45 opening partnership. Will Spence picked up 4-49 from his ten-over spell.
NATS could scarcely have got off to a worse start, losing a wicket before a run had been scored, then finding themselves 11-3. Varun Sharma (27) began to stage a recovery but he was the only batsman to reach double figures as wickets continued to fall at the other end. Matthew Winter (3-31) and N Chapman (3-26) were the main wicket-takers as NATS limped to 94 all out.
Barnsley Beeches continued their season of contrasts with a comprehensive win over Sherston Magna. The home side posted an imposing 272-6, then bowled Sherston out for 170 to claim maximum points.
At Stow-on-the Wold, visitors Williamstrip bowled the hosts out for only 117 then managed to lose seven wickets before reaching the target.