Cricket: David Allen remembered by Thornbury before league match

Minute's silence before the game between Thornbury and Minehead

Minute's silence before the game between Knowle and Thornbury seconds

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WEPL Premier One

Thornbury (142-7) beat Minehead (141-9) by three wickets

THORNBURY held a minute's silence to remember president David Allen before their game against Minehead on Saturday.

Players, umpires, club members and family took to the pitch to pay tribute to the former Gloucestershire and England cricketer, who recently passed away.

The ground staff worked hard on the pitch after heavy rain during the week for a delayed start, with the game reduced to 45 overs per side.

The pitch was lively and Minehead were reduced to 30-4 after being put in by Thornbury captain Richard Trotman, with wickets going to Tom Bradley and Luke Davis.

Opener Ian Buchanan (19) was starting to build an innings and his wicket was vital, Sam Summerfield picking up a nice shot into the covers and delivering the ball above the stumps for Dan Davis to take the bails off and run him out.

Further wickets went to Sayeem Waliullah and Summerfield, who picked a pair each.

After tea, Thornbury opener Daniel Lezar went cheaply lbw and Danny Slade was caught.

Stovold reached his 50 but was bowled soon after drinks for 53.

Dan Davis hit out with 16 coming off one over and he ended up with 37.

With the middle order going cheaply, it was left to Luke Davies (16*) and Summerfield (3*) to steer Thorns home.

Thornbury seconds played away at Knowle and again both teams and umpires took to the ground for a minutes silence for David Allen.

Knowle ended up with 117 all out with wickets going to all bowlers - Richard Hughes picked up two, second team debutant Stuart McWhinnie picked up one scalp, Harry Wormwell two, with his Dad John Wormwell taking 1-18 and James Tunnicliffe collecting 3-25.

It was left to Marcus Wormwell (41), Chris Budd with another 50, Colin Blick (8*) and James Tunnicliffe (8*) to take Thornbury to victory by seven wickets.

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