Cricket: Gayle and Lezar smash centuries in record-breaking Thornbury innings

Gazette Series: Centurions Juvaunie Gayle and Dan Lezar by the scoreboard showing Thornbury's record Centurions Juvaunie Gayle and Dan Lezar by the scoreboard showing Thornbury's record

JUVAUNIE Gayle and Dan Lezar both hit huge centuries as Thornbury seconds broke the record for the highest score at their Ship Field ground in a league match on Saturday.

Opening batsman Lezar compiled 159, while Gayle finished unbeaten on 152 in Thornbury's total of 394-4 against their Cheltenham counterparts in a West of England Premier League 2nd XI Premier Two fixture.

It was Lezar's third ton of the week after he retired on 100 at Chipping Sodbury on Monday and hit 111 on Thursday against Rockhampton, both in 20-over games for Thornbury under-17s in the Bristol Youth Cricket League.

Thornbury's innings started well until Marcus Wormwell was caught for nine.

Kyp Bridgen marched to the crease and didn’t hang round for long, going lbw for 13, but Lezar and Gayle then smashed the ball all around the ground.

James Tunnicliffe was bowled for duck.

After tight bowling from the Thornbury opening pair of Richard Hughes and Tom Bradley, Cheltenham were not in the race and battled to 232-6, giving the hosts a 162-run win.

Gloucestershire star Graeme McCarter made his debut for Thornbury firsts as they travelled to Cheltenham for the corresponding fixture.

Richard Trotman’s luck continued, winning the toss and deciding to bat.

Early wickets fell with Nick Stovold (1) and Danny Slade (0) going very cheaply.

Dan Davies started to hit some boundaries with Chris Budd.

Davies was eventually bowled just shy of his half-century on 46.

Marc Lezar, McCarter, Luke Davies, Tom Shrewsbury and Sam Summerfield all joined Budd at the crease but didn’t add many runs to the board.

It was left to Budd to keep the innings going, reaching his century with some glorious shots.

Trotman fired a quick 27 and had Summerfield as a runner after pulling a muscle.

Budd, also struggling with a tight hamstring, continued to bat and reached 118 run out on the last ball, with last man Sayeem Waliullah scoring five not out in Thornbury's total of 237.

Cheltenham started to build a slow innings as bowlers McCarter and Luke Davies kept it very tight.

Tom Shrewsbury then caught one off Luke Davies' bowling.

Trotman turned to Slade and with his second ball he bowled Kieran Smith.

Cheltenham couldn’t get going, however Stephen Kelly started to blast it around the ground, ending up on 73 before eventually going with a caught and bowled from McCarter.

The game swung back into Thornbury's favour and from a world class catch on the boundary from Marc Lezar the pressure started to build on Cheltenham.

In the last over by McCarter with 12 needed Cheltenham never got it off the square and only produced four runs.

Thornbury took on Knowle in a re-run of last year’s Bristol & District 20-over competition final.

Knowle were all out for 139.

Sam Summerfield and Chris Budd took ten runs off both the first and second overs for Thornbury until the former was bowled middle stump when going for the maximum.

Dan Davies hit 32 off a single over, ending up with 65.

With Thornbury on 130 it was left to Danny Slade and Luke Davies to smash the winning runs, the margin coming by seven wickets.

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