COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Laura Halford ready to become Wales' poster girl for rhythmic gymnastics

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:18am Wednesday 30th July 2014

LAURA HALFORD is relishing her new role as poster girl for the sport of rhythmic gymnastics after winning three medals for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

CYCLING: Sharon Laws shines in Paris at La Course

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

1:12pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

BOURTON’S Sharon Laws did a great job for her US-based UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team when they contested the first-ever La Course race in Paris.

CRICKET: Gidman and co stun the Tykes at Headingley

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Will Gidman in action for Gloucestershire against Surrey (7048713)

12:54pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

GLOUCESTERSHIRE director of cricket John Bracewell insists the new Royal London One-Day Cup competition is tailor-made for Will Gidman.

GOLF: Watson stars in Forest Classic but it is frustration for Goodwin

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

11:26am Wednesday 30th July 2014

LEADING professional Michael Watson, from Weymouth’s Wessex Golf Centre, won the two-day Forest Classic played at the Forest of Dean and Forest Hills Golf Clubs.

SEVENS RUGBY: Aled Thomas looking forward to leading Gloucester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Gloucester Rugby's Oli Thorley who is in their 7s squad

11:57pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

FIVE years ago Aled Thomas was busy scoring the winning try as Wales claimed the Rugby Sevens World Cup crown, writes Sacha Clayton.

EQUESTRIAN: RDA National Championships a great success

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Ruth MacCarthy, who won the Grade IV Championship Test. Picture: Michael Martin Photography

11:31pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

FOUR hundred competitors, 100 RDA Groups and 240 horses triumphed over intense heat and thunder storms to make this year’s RDA National Championships one of the most successful ever.

ANGLING: Free taster sessions at the South Cerney club

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local angling

10:26pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

SOUTH CERNEY Angling Club will be holding it’s free annual taster days for those who would like to have a go at fishing on Saturday, August 2 and Saturday, August 16.

YOUTH WATER SKIING: Saba Yorke-Davies crowned national champion

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: National U12 waterski champion Saba Yorke-Davies with her coaches Sam Quartly and Adam Tilley.  Picture: Kay Ransom Photography (8739009)

6:49pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

SABA YORKE-DAVIES is the top U12 slalom waterskier in the country – official.

CRICKET: Sorry Gloucestershire outplayed by Northants

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Gloucestershire CCC captain Michael Klinger (6390030)

5:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

GLOUCESTERSHIRE suffered their fourth defeat in five games at the Cheltenham Festival as they were comprehensively outplayed by Northamptonshire in their opening Royal London One-Day Cup clash, writes Rob Iles.

CRICKET: No dream debut for Montgomery

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Benny Howell (5344853)

5:28pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ended their NatWest T20 Blast campaign with a miserable eight-wicket defeat against Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium.

CRICKET: Cirencester top order lay foundations for convincing victory

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local youth cricket

3:27pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

CIRENCESTER seconds continued their recent rise towards mid-table safety in Division 4 of the Readers County League with an ultimately convincing 51-run victory over Cheltenham Allsorts in The Park on Saturday.

CRICKET: Battishill family keep Cirencester III on top

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local cricket

3:24pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

CIRENCESTER thirds increased their lead at the top of Division Three of the CDCA League with a crushing 98-run win at Bibury thanks to a fine unbeaten century from James Battishill and accurate bowling from George Thrussell and Joel Frost who shared eight wickets.

EQUESTRIAN: WEG hopefuls warm up at Gatcombe's Festival of Eventing

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Oliver Townend, right, collecting his Festival of Britain trophy from HRH the Princess Royal at Gatcombe last year                                       (8709593)

12:33pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

MANY top international riders, including Zara Phillips, William Fox-Pitt and Tina Cook of Team GB, will be warming up for next month's World Equestrian Games at Gatcombe's Festival of British Eventing this weekend, writes Jayne Bennett.

CRICKET: Batsmen see Lechlade through to County Cup semi final

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Arran Dickinson, Lechlade Cricket Club (6104103)

12:03pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

LECHLADE are just two wins away from retaining the County Cup after securing a 15-run victory at Frenchay CC.

ATHLETICS: Fine effort by Rob Forbes in Race to the Stones

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local athletics

10:50am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE Race to the Stones is an event which asks runners to 'follow the footsteps of Romans, Vikings, farmers and traders along the iconic Ridgeway to finish at the 3,000-year-old stone circle at Avebury'.

CRICKET: Chedworth leapfrog Stow after winning top-of-the-table clash

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: NATs bowler Robbie Griffiths. Picture: Terry Parker (8645004)

9:38am Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE SweetFuels CDCA Division One top-of-the-table clash between Chedworth and visiting Stow-on-the-Wold ended in a decisive victory for the hosts who leapfrog Stow to take over at the top.

GOLF: Debbie and Sam take the Cirencester Captain's Day honours

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Captain's Day winners Debbie Organ, left, and Sam Mitchell, right, with Cirencester captain Mark Woodhead (8691865)

10:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

SAM MITCHELL and Debbie Organ, with 47 stableford points, were the narrow winners of the Captain's Day competition at Cirencester Golf Club hosted by Mark Woodhead.

TABLE TENNIS: Swindon Hots Shots crowned Cirencester's Summer League champions

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local table tennis

10:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

SWINDON HOT SHOTS, who boasted three of the top four players, were comfortable winners of the Cirencester Table Tennis Summer League's top division.

CRICKET: Biddestone's Dwaine Perry hampers Lechlade title push

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local youth cricket

7:23pm Monday 28th July 2014

LECHLADE lost a nail-biting encounter at Biddestone on Saturday by four runs and had their lead in the Glos/Wilts title race cut to just 11 points.

BOWLS: Lee Williamson gains revenge over Keith Hinder in county singles title

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local bowls

7:05pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE blue riband event of bowls, the County Singles Final held at Olveston Bowls Club, saw a cracking final lasting two hours that swayed both ways before last year's runner-up Lee Williamson (Cheltenham) gained revenge over 2013 champion Keith Hinder (Dursley) by 21-17.

ATHLETICS: Fine effort by the RSE team in the Adidas 24-hour Thunder Run

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The Running Somewhere Else team at the Adidas 24-hour Thunder Run

6:27pm Monday 28th July 2014

EIGHT Running Somewhere Else members travelled to Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent at the weekend for the Adidas 24-hour Thunder Run.

CRICKET: Townsend and Clark pile on the runs for Fairford

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Will Bowers made an impressive debut for Fairford (7171275)

6:17pm Monday 28th July 2014

ON a gloriously sunny afternoon at the picturesque Hawkesbury Upton ground, free-scoring Fairford recorded a 67-run victory.

CRICKET: Leadbetter unravels Cirencester two days running

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local cricket

5:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

A LACK of bowling penetration saw Cirencester suffer a league and cup double defeat by unbeaten County League Division One leaders Cheltenham Civil Service at the weekend.

POLO: Lottie Lamacraft stars in Wild Orchid victory

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local polo (8676203)

3:38pm Monday 28th July 2014

A HUGE international contingent descended on Cirencester once again for the highly coveted Ladies Tournament.

INSIDE THE PAVILION UPDATE: Fine Festival – shame about the cricket

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:42pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE Festival was fine in all respects bar one and that was the most important of all, the cricket. Played five, lost four, and just one victory. These blunt statistics speak for themselves but regrettably they do not tell the whole story.

YOUTH GOLF: Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter inspires Cirencester golfer Josh Gray

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester's Josh Gray with Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter (8661498)

12:28pm Monday 28th July 2014

CIRENCESTER teenager Josh Gray enjoyed an inspirational day at the Ian Poulter Golf Tournament at Woburn recently.

RUGBY: I’ve still got more to give, says wing wonder May

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Jonny May in the new Gloucester rugby kit (8654372)

11:47am Monday 28th July 2014

IF EVER you needed proof that taking a risk can pay off – just reflect on the story of Hartpury student and England and Gloucester flier Jonny May, writes Emma Smith.

DRESSAGE: Dujardin and Hester target Rio qualification at World Equestrian Games

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Charlotte Dujardin winning aboard Barolo on day one at the Hartpury International Festival of Dressage. Picture: Kevin Sparrow

9:55am Monday 28th July 2014

GLOUCESTERSHIRE'S London Olympics gold medal-winning pair Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester have been selected as part of the four strong GB team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which takes place in Normandy next month.

SHORT MAT BOWLS: Taster session at Crudwell club

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local bowls

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

ACCORDING to Sport England, short mat bowls is one of the fastest growing sports in the land. Now is your chance to have a go.

GOLF: Double success for Cirencester seniors

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local golf

7:54am Monday 28th July 2014

THE Wychwood Oxfordshire Golf Club situated in the heart of the Cotswolds countryside is always a pleasure for a golf team to visit – even more delightful when they come away with an away win as was the case recently with the Cirencester seniors.

CRICKET: Experienced trio lay foundations for Fairford victory

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local youth cricket

7:35am Monday 28th July 2014

FAIRFORD seconds beat Ashton Keynes by 42 runs in a high-scoring game in conditions made for batting at their Park Street ground.

GET HOOKED: The trip to Redmire Pool – getting in my excuses early

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local angling

7:17am Monday 28th July 2014

AS this article hits the news stands, I will be waking to my fourth morning at Herefordshire’s Redmire Pool. There’s every chance I will still be waiting for a bite, too, and so this piece is an example of what every weather-beaten and experienced angler should do: getting in the excuses beforehand.

FOOTBALL UPDATE: Two-goal Hooper sees off Weston

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:36am Sunday 27th July 2014

AN excellent second-half display from Cirencester Town saw them come from behind to beat Skrill Conference South side Weston entirely on merit.

CRICKET: Norwell and Miles rescue some Gloucestershire pride

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Liam Norwell (5344759)

12:14pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A REMARKABLE last-wicket partnership between Liam Norwell and Purton's Craig Miles restored some pride for Gloucestershire against neighbours Worcestershire on a record-breaking day at the Cheltenham Festival, writes Rob Iles.

YOUTH FOOTBALL: Avonvale United U15 and U16 teams are recruiting players

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local youth football

12:07pm Saturday 26th July 2014

AVONVALE UTD, based at Sir William Romney's School in Tetbury, are looking to boost their numbers in the U15 and U16 age groups for the coming season.

ICE HOCKEY: Michael Crisp returning to Wildcats for another season

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Michael Crisp Swindon Wildcats (2332575)

12:02pm Saturday 26th July 2014

NETMINDER Michael Crisp will continue his development at the Swindon Wildcats after the player agreed a second-season deal which will keep him at the Wiltshire club for the 2014-15 campaign.

CRICKET: Big weekend ahead for Lechlade CC

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

11:37am Saturday 26th July 2014

LECHLADE travel to Biddestone this afternoon in what could be a significant weekend for the club.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Laura Halford helps Wales to a team silver in rhythmic gymnastics

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

9:55am Friday 25th July 2014

LAURA HALFORD, from Cricklade, along with team-mates Frankie Jones and Nikara Jenkins, made history by winning Wales' first ever Commonwealth Games team medal in rhythmic gymnastics as they claimed silver in Glasgow on the opening day of competition.

BOXING: Virus wrecks Joe Hughes' Southern Area title plans

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

JOE HUGHES has his fingers crossed that he’ll still be able to engineer another crack at the Southern Area light-welterweight title after illness robbed him of the chance to challenge for the belt last weekend, writes Dan Barnes.

CRICKET: Dent plays his way back into Gloucestershire's thoughts

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Gloucestershire batsman Chris Dent. Picture by Brian Rossiter.

2:09pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

GLOUCESTERSHIRE batsman Chris Dent is determined to use his spectacular match-winning innings against Essex in the NatWest T20 Blast as a launch pad to turn his season around.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Laura Halford hoping to peak in Glasgow

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

11:18am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LAURA HALFORD can’t wait for the rhythmic gymnastics to begin at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow tomorrow (Thursday) after performing her routine at a virtually empty SECC Precinct venue on the north bank of the River Clyde on Tuesday, writes Danny Hall.

RUGBY LEAGUE: McKissick shines for England

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Lewis McKissick (8519691)

10:58am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LEWIS McKISSICK scored two tries as the England Colleges squad trounced Belgium 72-6 while on tour in Brussels at the weekend.

ATHLETICS: Tapley earns silver medal on England debut

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Hannah Tapley, 15, from Lechlade, who made her England debut at the weekend (8521212)

10:47am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

HANNAH TAPLEY, from Lechlade, made her debut for England and helped them to victory in the SIAB Schools U17s Track and Field International held at Cardiff University on Saturday.

CRICKET: Lechlade's Joe Breet and Oli Thornley to play at Cheltenham Festival

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Joe Breet, Lechlade Cricket Club (6104136)

7:43am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LECHLADE captain Joe Breet and his team-mate Oli Thornley have both been invited to take part in a special Ten10 tournament at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday (July 25).

KARTING: Mixed weekend for Louis Wall at Anglesey

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester karting ace Louis Wall  (6786278)

7:11am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CIRENCESTER'S Louis Wall took the positives from a mixed weekend of racing as the Superkart Championship resumed on Anglesey.

FOOTBALL: Cirencester Town's Jacob Davidge on trial at Bristol Rovers

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester Town winger Jacob Davidge dances around the Yate defence. Picture: Steve Richards (5704385)

7:15am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

JACOB DAVIDGE has taken a step closer to fulfilling the dream of a full-time career in football by going on trial at Bristol Rovers this week.

GOLF: Naunton Downs' charity day for Kate's Home Nursing

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:19pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A GOLF day is taking place at Naunton Downs Golf Club on Friday, August 1 to raise money for Kate’s Home Nursing, a charity based in Stow-on-the-Wold that provides care for the terminally ill.

GOLF: Charlotte Ellis getting closer to that first Tour win

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Charlotte Ellis

12:29pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

CHARLOTTE ELLIS enjoyed her best finish of the season when taking joint sixth place at the Royal Belgian Golf Federation LETAS Trophy last week.

CRICKET EXCLUSIVE: The Chris Dent column

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Gloucestershire batsman Chris Dent. Picture by Brian Rossiter.

11:16am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT WAS fantastic to beat league leaders Essex in front of a packed crowd at Cheltenham, writes Chris Dent.

ATHLETICS: The only way is Essex for Bill Leggate

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Most of the Cirencester AC finishers at the Bourton Mile (l-r): Geoff Wells, Barbara Thomas, Lisa Carpenter, Gordon Jones. Kneeling: Tony Shelbourn, Simon Campbell.

11:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BILL LEGGATE is obviously a true romantic. To celebrate their first wedding anniversary, like most runners would, he took his wife to Essex for the Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners' Felstead 10k in which he finished sixth overall in 36.17.






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