A DOGGED 25 runs from Cirencester captain Alex Binnie ensured they earned a hard-fought victory in a low scoring game against Tewkesbury.

Coming in during the seventh over at 13-4, Tewkesbury’s target of 108 suddenly seemed a competitive score. Two more wickets soon fell, as the sporting pitch continued to offer something to the bowlers. Binnie found a willing accomplice in Simon Rowe, and the pair were able to see off the remaining threat of the new ball bowlers.They pair were able to soak up the pressure, Rowe launched Seth Fledermaus’ spin over the boundary to help ease the pressure.

Cirencester only needed one or two partnerships to take them close, although when Rowe fell with the score on 67, there was still work to be done. Akhil Shah was next in, and although he was slow between the wickets, presumably as a result of his recent London marathon exploits, runs began to come a little easier for Cirencester. Shah was able to find the offside boundary on three occasions, and Cirencester were propelled towards their target, wrapping up the chase in the 44th over.

Cirencester Cricket Club made it back-to-back wins to start the season with a three wicket victory away at Tewkesbury on Saturday.

They won the toss and opted to field. Tewkesbury finished 108 all out as Jock Jamieson-Black and Simon Rowe claimed three wickets each.

Alex Binnie was 25 not out for Cirencester while Akhil Shah was 24 not out.

Simon Rowe added 18 to the total, including a six as Cirencester ran out victorious.

The first team take on Hatherley & Reddings on Saturday, May 18.

Elsewhere, Cirencester’s second team were beaten by Corse and Staunton while the third team suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Cricklade.