Cricket: Fine bowling performance goes unrewarded for Sodbury against leaders

Gazette Series: Dan Clarke bowling for Chipping Sodbury against Lechlade (6957300) Dan Clarke bowling for Chipping Sodbury against Lechlade (6957300)

CHIPPING Sodbury produced another fine bowling performance to dismiss leaders Lechlade for 183 but failed to come good with the bat in a 69-run home reverse in the WEPL's Glos & Wilts division.

Jamie Rendell (3-30), Mason Poole (2-14), Rob Mozelewski (2-17) and Chris Willoughby (2-38) all found a probing line and length against the ambitious visitors.

But, in reply, only Dan Clarke (39) and Willoughby (24) established themselves at the crease in a disappointing reply of 114.

The seconds marched on with a 51-run triumph at Trowbridge to move 16 points clear at the top of their WEPL division.

Nick Wake (57), skipper Jerry Swatton (44) and James Newman (39) shone in a challenge of 227-6 before Wake (3-26) and Tom Clay (3-35) teamed up to help dismiss the home side for 176.

Sodbury thirds suffered a first setback of the season though things could not have been any tighter in a one-run home defeat against Bristol & District Division Four newcomers PR Royals.

Sodbury are now second in the table, just one point behind new leaders Bristol Civil Service.

Sodbury fourths came up 17 runs shy away to Bohemians seconds in Division Ten. Rosie Tregear (0-19 from 12) and skipper Dan Morgan (2-50) were the pick of the visitors' attack as Bohs totalled 214-6.

Callum Carter (60), Jamie Wakefield (40), Ali Scott (27) and Morgan (21*) were then amongst the runs for Sodbury, who were all out for 197.

Sodbury fifths cruised in by 88 runs against Civil Service seconds and are now an astonishing 64 points clear at the top of the table.

Duncan Bell marked his club debut with 77 and Nick Tippins hit 32 in Sodbury's challenge of 194 before Tony Garton (3-8) and Tippins (2-11 from nine) shone with the ball.

This weekend, Sodbury are away to Westbury while the seconds host Marlborough.

Sodbury thirds are away to promotion rivals Civil Service, the fourths are home to Coalpit Heath thirds and the fifths entertain United Banks thirds.

On Sunday, Sodbury welcome Corse and Staunton in the Gloucestershire Cup.

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