Glos County League round-up: Gladiators shock leaders Langford

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GLADIATORS stunned leaders Langford with a tremendous six-wicket win in Division Five of the Gloucestershire County League.

The home side, who had won only twice before this upset victory against the promotion pacesetters, restricted Langford to a total of 177 thanks t fine work by skipper Sunny Kalcutt (4-32), Jason Taylor (2-18) and Steve Oakes (2-24, all from nine).

Opener Tom Stannard then anchored the Gladiators’ reply with an unbeaten 70 with Tim Holme (29) also making an important contribution as victory was secured with 16 overs to spare.

Gladiators remain second bottom but have significantly closed the gap on Cam who slipped to a 57-run home setback against fellow drop rivals Upton St Leonards.

Charlton Kings clinched an excellent four-wicket win against St Phillips North who totalled an imposing 295-9 from their 45 overs thanks to Richard Blake (77), opener Warren Francis (59) and John Kelly (52).

The home side, though, rose to the challenge with openers Lloyd Arkell (136, including 22 fours and 4 sixes off 86 balls) and skipper Ian Mitchell (77) sharing a stand of 222 with Max Donnell-Ford unbeaten on 40 as the points were secured with nine balls to spare.

Division Four leaders Ullenwood Bharat thumped Newnham on Severn by 182 runs, Jitesh Thammisetti smashing 122 and Mahesh Shetty 67.

It was much closer at Cheltenham where Great Rissington held their nerve for a one-run win.

The visitors battled to a total of 190 with skipper James Seagrave unbeaten on 65. And Cheltenham then came up just short despite 50 from opener Gianluca Mech.

Fine innings by Paul Weaving (87) and opener Tim Yemm (70) were in vain for Ruardean Hill who lost by 24 runs at Cirencester, for whom opener Andy Cooper (84) top scored.

Alex Evans (5-24) and Mike Baverstock (4-16, both from nine) teamed up to dismiss St Stephens for 145 in Division Three and point leaders Tetbury towards a four-wicket success, Tom Horrell hitting an unbeaten 57.

Second-placed Cranham restricted Hawkesbury Upton to 201 and then secured a comfortable six-wicket triumph, opener James Pockett top scoring on 63.

Opener Chris Clayton (109), Derek Townsend (53) and Craig Muir (4-20 from 6.1) teamed up to see Fairford to a 45-run home defeat of high-flying Aston Ingham.

Woodpeckers, the Division One leaders, squeezed in by one wicket at home to struggling Hatherley & Reddings who reached 183-9, Sam Steel top scoring with 49.

Dave Cockburn (64) and Andy Ruxton (43) then put the home side in control only for Yohan Dharmathileka (4-26) to strike before the winning runs were scrambled.

Peter Hall (3-4 from 3.5 overs) and Alex Ballard (2-5 from three) hurried Cam to a 105-run triumph at Newent while Pete Lavis’ 112 was a highlight of Stone’s 44-run win at home to fellow basement battlers Slaughters United.

Jon Tegg (122) and James Down (98) shared a second wicket stand of 224 for Westbury-on-Severn who were 149-run home victors against Shurdington, Ed Edginton and Rich Edginton both later taking 3-3.

Division One pacesetters Cheltenham Civil Service overcame bottom side Poulton by six wickets while Charlton Kings edged Frampton-on-Severn by one wicket.

And there was a 24-run triumph for Redmarley at Kingsholm, Toby Dudfield top scoring with 73.

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