Cricket: Half-century by Winterbourne batsman inspires district to victory

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First published in Sport Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor covering the Thornbury, Dursley and Yate areas

Stroud and South Gloucestershire U14 (161) beat Gloucester and the Forest of Dean U14 (137) by 24 runs

A FINE 55 by Kieran Slade of Winterbourne helped Stroud and South Gloucestershire (SSG) to a 24-run win over Gloucester and the Forest of Dean (GFOD).

Opener Ollie Carey (18) of Cam and Connor Horlock (14) were the only other two batsmen to make double figures as SSG lost wickets at regular interval.

Aaron Collins (Frocester) dismissed Harry Wise in the third over to put GFOD in trouble but they recovered to 43-1 thanks to a 37-run partnership between Matthew Swinley (5) and Jack Smart (19).

They both fell in quick succession but again the visitors rebuilt – this time through Jack Bartlett (24) and Barnaby Medcroft (31) (Gloucester City Winget).

Neither batsman was able to go on and get the big score needed to pull their side to victory though.

Carey (4-22), and Winterbourne's Tom Harrison (2-23) did the damage, taking the last six wickets for 20 runs.

Stroud and South Gloucestershire U13 (51-0) beat Gloucester and the Forest of Dean U13 (50) by ten wickets

DEBUTANT Ethan Maule was the star of the show as his six wickets helped Stroud and South Gloucestershire (SSG) to a resounding 10 wicket win over Gloucester and the Forest of Dean (GFOD).

The Brislington spinner took three wickets in his second over in district cricket and a further two in his third to decimate the visitors' batting line-up and bowl them out for just 50.

Before Maule came on a very quick opening spell from Ashley Babbage (2-10) put GFOD on the back foot.

This set the stage for Maule who bamboozled the visiting batsman to finish with 6-14 from his four overs.

In reply, SSG openers Zak Hamid ( Winterbourne), making his debut after injury, and Joe Dryell (Downend) batted sensibly and put the bad ball away to reach their target after 10 overs.

After SSG had reached their target the umpires and coaches agreed it would be beneficial for both sides if the home side batted their 35 overs to allow both teams to gain valuable practice.

The highlights of this phase of the game included a quick-fire 51 not out from 27 balls by George Weston (Hambrook).

Gloucester and the Forest of Dean U13 (100) lost to Stroud and South Gloucestershire U13 (101-3) by seven wickets

STROUD and South Gloucestershire took advantage of a Gloucester and Forest of Dean batting collapse to cruise to a seven-wicket win.

The home side capitulated from 76-2 to 100 all out.

Adam Hopins (Frocester) returned the impressive figures of 4-4 from just two overs to rip through the lower order after Josh Haynes (1-13) and Hambrook's George Weston (2-11) started the collapse.

In reply, SSG openers Joe Dryell (40*) and Nicky Shine (14) made a good start before a very mature partnership of 40 between Dryell and Sam Knocker saw the visitors home with 15 overs to spare.

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