Cricket: Chipping Sodbury unable to build on good start

12:10pm Monday 2nd June 2014

CHIPPING Sodbury let a promising position slip away at Gloucester City Winget, sliding to a disappointing 116-run setback in the Glos & Wilts Division of the West of England Premier League.

The home side were on the back foot after losing early wickets, but dug in to rally to a total of 187-9 with spinner Dan Clarke claiming 3-39.

And Sodbury’s batting line-up then failed to make any impression as the visitors were dismissed for 71.

There was more success for the club’s four other senior sides, who all won again and who all remain top of their respective divisions.

Sodbury seconds are now 16 points clear in their WEPL Division thanks to a 77-run defeat of Hatherley and Reddings.

Skipper Jeremy Swatton top scored with a powerful 89 off 82 balls (nine fours, five sixes) as his side compiled a challenging total of 206-9.

And the combined efforts of Tom Febry (3-33), Callum Davidge (2-15), Ben Waldron (2-30) and Richard Wood (2-38) then saw Hatherley dismissed for 129.

Chipping Sodbury thirds head Division Four of the Bristol and District League by 24 points after overcoming Almondsbury seconds by eight wickets.

Chief destroyer was Kriss Hemming, who finished with 5-21 from 12 as Almondsbury were restricted to 92, Dave Gorman weighing in with 2-8 and Jay Penfold finishing with 0-9 from 12 parsimonious overs.

Mike Pearson (29) then ensured Sodbury got over the line without too much drama.

Chipping Sodbury fourths, meanwhile, remain top of Division Ten thanks to a four-wicket derby success at Winterbourne fourths.

Sam Vile (2-17 from 12) and skipper Dan Morgan (2-42) made their mark as Winterbourne reached 180-7.

And teenager Charlie Ross, batting at number seven, then hit a crucial 68 to help his side to the spoils after Steve Doidge’s earlier 31.

It was also a good day for Sodbury fifths in Division Eleven with Nick Tippins (4-40) and Dave Marshall (59 not) the stars in a seven-wicket defeat of Stoke Gifford seconds.

The result means Sodbury are already 40 points clear at the top of the table.

Chipping Sodbury’s first team entertain Lechlade on Saturday while the seconds are away to Trowbridge.

The thirds host league newcomers PR Royals, the fourths are away to Bohemians seconds and the fifths welcome Bristol Civil Service seconds.

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