Cricket: Captain Jater leads Sodbury to first win of the season

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CHIPPING Sodbury got off the mark in the West of England Premier League Glos/Wilts Division with a five-wicket victory at Chippenham on Saturday.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat but soon found themselves in trouble at 45-5.

Jon Toghill ripped the heart of the home side's batting line-up as he took 3-34.

Toghill shared the new ball with Chris Willoughby, who bowled seven overs for only nine runs.

Mason Poole, Jamie Rendell and Dan Clarke took two each to dismiss Chippenham for 149, the hosts being rescued in part by number seven Denson Narayan with 57.

Captain Bryan Jater led the visitors to victory with an undefeated 77, while Dan Clarke chipped in with a run-a-ball 24 to get Sodbury home.

In the corresponding second team fixture the young Sodbury side made it three out three with a 56-run win to stay top of the Glos/Wilts 2nd XI Division.

Batting first the home side amassed 235-6.

Tom Makepeace continued his good form with the bat and was dismissed one short of his half-century.

He figured in an 82-run partnership with Jim Davis (39), while 17-year-old Jacob Havard impressed with a solid 33, and Adam Febry provided momentum to the innings with 39 not out.

After tea the patient bowling of the Sodbury attack forced Chippenham to fall behind the run rate.

The introduction of stand-in skipper Richard Wood saw wickets tumble in the chase.

He took a impressive 5-26 as Chippenham folded to 148 all out.

The thirds took part in a highly entertaining game against Bishop Sutton at home in the Bristol & District League Fourth Division, eventually claiming an improbable victory.

Bishop Sutton scored a creditable 230, where Dave Gorman commenced his fine all-round display with 4-64 from Sodbury.

After tea, Sodbury found runs hard to come by, eventually requiring 100 runs off the last 13 overs with only four wickets in hand.

Callum Carter, at number seven, and Gorman started to swing the game Sodbury's way.

Carter departed for 28 and Gorman soon after for 34.

It was then left for number 10 batsman Darren Bell to smash 26 not out and lead the side to victory.

Sodbury fourths went down by three wickets at Abbots Leigh seconds in Division Ten.

Batting first, Sodbury scored 182-7, Dave Turner scoring 29 and Sam Vile 77, but Abbots Leigh claimed victory with three balls to spare.

In a low scoring encounter at Patchway, Sodbury fifths nearly defended their score of 85 against Bishopston in the 11th Division.

Jamie Pearson (17) and youth team debutant Campbell Lawrence (13) top scored.

Bishopston squeaked home by one wicket despite Jerry Penfold and another debutant from the youth team, Tom Isaac, both taking two wickets.

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