CHIPPING Sodbury battled back from all kinds of trouble at 37-5 to overcome Charlton Kings by four wickets to open their account in Division One of the Gloucestershire County League.

The home side performed superbly in the field to restrict Kings, who won the toss, to just 114.

The innings was totally dominated by Liam Brignull who hit 70 while the most highest scorer was Josh Trewin on 13 as Sodbury kept a tight rein on the scoring.

Josh Morris, a close-season arrival from Thornbury, marked his home league debut with an excellent return of 3-27, including the prized wicket of Brignull, while fellow seamers Jarrod Campling (3-37) and Ben Waldron (2-25) kept the heat on, ably supported by spinning skipper Jamie Rendell (2-24).

Sodbury’s batsmen also struggled to make their mark before Rendell calmed nerves with a patient unbeaten 39 from 79 balls, Nick Wake lending superb support with a vital nine from 58 balls to see Sodbury over the line after a disappointing defeat last weekend.

Sodbury seconds, in Division, suffered a 190-run reverse away to Shurdington who piled up 293-3 before the visitors folded to 103, Craig dyer top scoring on 26.

It was a tough day also for Sodbury thirds who went down by 149 runs at home to Taveners in Division Seven of the Bristol and District League.

Mike Pearson (3-29) and Tom Wilson (2-37, both from nine) were the pick of the home bowlers as Taveners, after a slow start, rallied to reach 251-6.

And it was a target that proved to be well out of reach as the home side slipped to 102, skipper Pearson highest scorer on 34 at the top of the order.