WEPL weekend round-up: Apperley grab their chance to go top

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APPERLEY took advantage of Dumbleton’s defeat by Gloucester AIW Sports to go top of the WEPL’s Gloucester division thanks to a 120-run triumph away to struggling Corse & Staunton.

Half centuries at the top of the order from Andy O’Connor, Luke Smith and skipper Rob Birch put Apperley on course for an imposing total of 276-6 before Corse were dismissed for 156, Mark Williamson finishing with 3-6 from 2.3 overs and Guenther Starost 2-19.

Dumbleton, meanwhile, were dismissed for just 139 away to Gloucester AIW as Mohammad Aamir finished with 5-7 from just four overs, paving the way for Azhar Fadra (39 not) to clinch a maximum points win.

Lydney secured a four-wicket home defeat of Hatherley & Reddings, Grant Keddle claiming 6-31 from ten overs beforeCharlie Bendall dropped anchor with an unbeaten 19 from 97 balls.

Painswick struggled to total just 137 in their away derby at Stroud but went on to win by ten runs, Ali Bressington top scoring on 44 and Mike King taking 6-42 from ten overs.

There was drama at Bourton Vale when Woodmancote’s Brenton Thompson dislocated a shoulder whilst fielding ... and returned to bat one-handed at number 11 as his side finished two runs short of their target.

Skipper Peter Geddes top scored on 62 in Vale’s 250-4 before Woodmancote came agonisingly close to the win, Chris Oliver contributing 80 ahead of the tightest of finishes.

In Premier One, leaders Downend suffered a seven-wicket setback against champions Bath.

The home side folded to 90-8 before Andy McEwan (66) and Phil Jackson (59) put on 126, taking their side up to 227 which proved to be well within reach for Bath.

Clevedon returned to the top of Premier Two with a 20-run success at Cheltenham while Thornbury won by 26 runs at Minehead.

Lechlade remain top of Glos & Wilts despite a four-run setback at Biddestone, Ryan Higgins last man out for 51 with four balls to spare as Dwain Perry tidied up with a burst of 5-26.

Rockhampton closed the gap with a 68-run home success against Westbury, Guy Brothwood scoring an unbeaten 108 off 127 balls and then taking 3-47 in a comfortable win.

Hamza Sultan-Ali, meanwhile, skittled Twyford House for only 39 in the Bristol & North Somerset division, finishing with 8-25 from just seven overs to set up a ten-wicket win. James Bracey (70) and Tom Carter (69) guided Winterbourne to a nine-wicket triumph against Bristol YMCA, and Shirehampton were six-wicket winners at home to Bristol West Indians & Phoenix, Nathan Hill hitting 104.

In Bristol & Somerset, lowly Bishopston suffered a four-wicket home reverse against leaders Midsomer Norton but Old Bristolians Westbury overcame Brislington by 30 runs and Knowle edged Bedminster by 44 runs as Sam Bendall (4-11), Sam Britton (3-25) and Price (2-39) struck.

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