Report by Steve Hill. Photo courtesy of Paul Rubery.

There were victories for Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury, Almondsbury and Hawkesbury Upton on the opening weekend of the new season. 

Jason Thomson’s battling 47 and a fine spell from spinner Dan Brown paved the way for Sodbury to make a tremendous start, completing a 66-run victory away to Kingsholm in Division One of the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.

The visitors, who won the toss, found batting a struggle against the accurate Sam Wheeler (5-10 from eight) so were indebted to Thomson who faced 84 balls as he helped drag his side to a total of 146-9 off 40 overs.

Kingsholm, though, also struggled in the conditions as Brown (5-12 from eight) made inroads with the new ball, superbly backed up by Josh Morris (3-35) before Eddie Holden (2-8) polished off the tail to bowl out the home outfit for just 80.

Next up for Sodbury is a home clash on Saturday against Cam.

Sodbury 2nds battled hard at home against their Dumbleton counterparts in Division Four but succumbed to a six-wicket reverse, spinner James Hicks (3-29 from eight) the pick of the attack.

It was a better day for Sodbury 3rds who, on the adjacent pitch, wrapped up a tremendous 82-run victory over Saltford in Division Eight of the Bristol & District League.

Captain Jake Kirkham led from the front with a typically hard hit 75, sharing an important stand with opener Jim Davis (51) while Steve Clapp weighed in with an unbeaten 32 to lift Sodbury to a competitive 231-6.

Saltford, missing influential captain Alex Parsons who had to go to hospital for treatment on a serious hand injury suffered while fielding, were always on the back foot in reply as Rob Winfield (3-46), Clapp (2-31), Tom Wilson (2-34) and Rob Higgs (1-31) kept the squeeze on.

Sodbury 4ths were also in fine form on the first day of the league season, completing a five-wicket win away to Timsbury 3rds in Division 14.

The home side were bowled out for 133, Mike Pearson warming up for his first outing of the summer for Gloucestershire Over 60s with figures of 5-19 after excellent early spells from Oli Bath (2-17) and Alan Mealing (2-15, both from eight).

Sodbury wobbled in reply before Steve Febry made all his experience count with an unbeaten 55, Pearson making another valuable contribution with 19.

Ben Foxwell’s half-century and Sam Beeley’s four wickets ensured victory for Hawkesbury Upton Cricket Club’s 1st XI in their opening league match at Hatherley & Reddings. 

In Saturday’s Gloucestershire County Cricket League division two clash, Hawkesbury won the toss and elected to bat but openers George Bailey (8) and Jay Westwood (1) were quickly dismissed off the bowling of Mirza Mahmud. 

Despite the early losses, the middle order dug deep with William Ireland (20), Foxwell (67), Alistair Bell (35) and Chris Gardener (24) helping Hawkesbury build a total of 204-9 off their 40 overs. 

In reply, H&A’s top order all went cheaply with Hawkesbury’s bowling attack of Mike Colborn (2-6), Rory Thomas (2-27) and Ireland (1-18) among the wickets. 

The home side’s middle order batsmen gave some resistance but the tail-enders could not cope with the spin of Hawkesbury bowler Beeley. He finished with figures of 4-33 as H&A were bowled out for 101 off 27.3 overs. 

The 103-run victory gave Hawkesbury 21 points and the top spot in division two after one round of games. In their next league fixture, Hawkesbury’s 1st XI will host Gloucester A.I.W. Sports CC at the John Hawkins Ground on Saturday 8 May (1pm start).

See below for a full roundup of this weekend's action.


Frenchay opened their 175th anniversary celebrations in the best possible way, dispatching Timsbury by 10 wickets in the Senior Division of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League.

The South Gloucestershire side lost the toss but were soon enjoying being in the field as Timsbury wilted against Chare Smith (3-10 from seven) and then Eddie Williams (4-25 from eight) to be bowled out for just 78 at home.

Reece Bevan (48) and Mike Donaldson (28) then ensured Frenchay banked maximum points.

Dom Hooper starred with bat and ball for Claverham who were 97-run victors away to Coalpit Heath.

The 22-year-old all-rounder top scored with a patient 44 in a total of 152-9. But in reply Heath were soon on the back foot at 6-6 before being bowled out for 55 as Hooper (6-24 from 8.3) and Sam Waring (2-14) dominated.

Syed Shah (48) and Tanveer Ahmed (39 not) saw Pak Bristolians to a two-wicket victory away to Clevedon 2nds, and Shirehampton won by the same margin at home to Keynsham 2nds.

A strong Bedminster 2nds line-up wrapped up a six-wicket rain-affected home success over Bradley Stoke.

Owen Onslow’s 73 off 51 (six fours, six sixes) lifted the visitors to 239-9 ahead of skipper Alex Tryfonos (75) and fellow opener Mark Coombes (52) putting Bedminster in control.

Syed Shah’s 48 helped Pak Bristolians to a two-wicket victory away to Clevedon 2nds, denying James Caddick (5-26 from nine).

In Division One, 81 from Brad Hardidge was in vain for Hanham who tumbled by four wickets at home to Knowle 2nds.

Almondsbury were one-run winners away to Cleeve in Division Two, Dan Dunt capturing the final wicket in an exciting finish. Joe Black finished with 5-38 for Almondsbury whose top scorer was opener Colin Featherstone on 67.

In Division Three, Balal Ali (4-16) and Shahwaiz Hassan (78 not) shone in Pakistani Express’s seven-wicket home success over Bedminster 3rds, and Andy Nairn claimed 4-28 as Twyford House 2nds eased past St Mary Redcliffe by 63 runs.

One of the biggest wins of the day came in Division Four where George Williams’ unbeaten 112 paved the way for a 179-run home win for Old Down against University Staff who were rumbled for 82 by James Thomas (4-22).

And in Division Six, captain Roshan Perera smashed an unbeaten 151 off 127 (17 fours, five sixes) for Bristol Sri Lankans who dispatched Timsbury 2nds by 57 runs.

Suleman Sikandar Butt was unbeaten on 134 for Pak Bristolians 2nds who lost by four wickets at home to Bath 4ths in Division Five where Fraser Reeves crashed an unbeaten 131 to ensure a last over three-wicket triumph for Brislington 3rds at Abbots Leigh.


Paul Turner finished with tremendous figures of 7-15 from his eight overs as Woodmancote rallied from being dismissed for just 120 to complete a 58-run win away to Shurdington in Division Two of the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.

Victory appeared to be a distant hope on the opening day of the season as the visitors, who lost the toss, were soon reeling at 28-5 before Charlie Hawken (34), Jason Gore (22) and Turner (16) dragged their side into three figures against Chris White (4-14).

But batting proved to be even more of a struggle for Shurdington who could not deal with Turner, finding themselves in all kinds of bother at 10-3 and then 28-7 with White (25) the only batsman to settle.

It was a good day too for Great Rissington who romped in by seven wickets at Gloucester AIW Sports, George Garratt grabbing 4-17 while Sam Beeley’s return of 4-33 helped Hawkesbury Upton to a 103-run success at Hatherley & Reddings 2nds.

Dan Moore (4-24) shone in Chipping Campden’s five-wicket defeat of Redmarley, and Jack Weaving (4-37) helped set up Cinderford St Johns’ six-wicket success at Langford.

Sam Wheeler, meanwhile, produced the bowling display of the day with figures of 5-10 from eight for Kingsholm at home to Chipping Sodbury in Division One.

But it was Sodbury who took the spoils, spinner Dan Brown capturing 5-12 to ensure a low scoring 66-run victory after Jason Thomson had earlier provided a crucial 47.

Scott Meredith top scored on 85 in Poulton’s 49-run triumph at Aston Ingham while Benny Ellis (86 not) steered Charlton Kings to a five-wicket triumph at Cam.

Alex Gray’s 88 was in vain for Westbury-on-Severn who succumbed by four wickets at home to Lydney, and Tewkesbury eeked out a four-run victory away to Cheltenham 2nds.

Top individual score of the day came in Division Three where captain Chris Clayton cracked an unbeaten 108 for Fairford ahead of completing an 81-run victory away to Frocester 3rds.

Will Bowers (88) also hit form as the visitors piled up 249-2 and then restricted Frocester to a reply of 168-7.

Sam Carter produced an exceptional batting effort in Division Five for Witcombe against Stroud 2nds, coming in at seven to wallop 103 and pave the way for a 31-run triumph.

And Ali Smith was another centurion, batting all 40 overs to finish unbeaten on 105 (109 balls, 15 fours, one six) for Haresfield Gladiators who were 37-run victors at Whitminster in Division Six.

Henry Bonham batted all 40 overs to finish 95 not out for Painswick 2nds who trumped their Westbury-on-Severn counterparts by 72 runs. And Alex Tuck’s unbeaten 93 saw Oaksey to a six-wicket success at Chalford.


Jack Whiting dug in for a terrific century to help pave the way for Gloucester to make a winning start to the new season, completing a 72-run home success over Bourton Vale in the Gloucestershire Division of the West of England Premier League.

The opener’s side slipped to 14-2 after winning the toss but Whiting, who went to reach 114 off 110 balls (15 fours, three sixes), and Dan Brabham (36) pointed the way to a useful total of 285-9 before skipper Tom Collinson (4-36 from nine) turned the screw in the field.

Robbie Baker’s 95 was in vain for Cheltenham Civil Service who succumbed by three wickets in a rain-affected clash at Apperley while opener George MacDuff’s 95 and a haul of 5-34 from Tom Hayward were the highlights of Painswick’s 99-run victory away to Thornbury 2nds.

Frocester 2nds nipped in by one wicket away to Cirencester, skipper Sam Birch standing tall with an unbeaten 70, and Corse & Staunton held off Rockhampton by five wickets, Matt Cox top scoring on 87.

In Premier One, Cheltenham dispatched Taunton Deane by 143 runs, Josh Breed (88) and Sam Didcote (4-18 from nine) both shining.

Bedminster slipped by 99 runs at Chippenham and Downend came up 34 runs short in a rain-hit home date against Lansdown, Jordan Garrett top scoring on 81.

Dumbleton held off Biddestone by 26 runs in Premier Two Glos/Wilts, Will Sharp (4-36) and Tom Green (2-27) both shining, and skipper Uzi Qureshi steered Frocester to a three-wicket triumph at Hatherley & Reddings with an unbeaten 92 from 123 (nine fours, two sixes).

Thornbury, who are keen to celebrate their 150th anniversary with promotion, completed a tense 11-run away victory over Goatacre.

Josh Riggs hit 65 off only 35 (seven fours, five sixes) as Thornbury stuttered to a total of 185 before following up with a return of 2-28 in tandem with fine work from Harry Wormwell (4-41).

Stroud, meanwhile, came unstuck by 154 runs at home to Corsham.

In Premier Two Bristol & Somerset, Winterbourne held their nerve for a one-run home triumph over Midsomer Norton.

Owen Lingard (58) lifted the South Gloucestershire side to 229-9. And there were then three wickets apiece for Chris Shine, captain George Ford and Darren Vickery in a tight finish.

Bristol were six-wicket home victors over Bath 2nds while openers Tommie Predgen (52) and Max Harsham (40) could not save Bishopston from a 91-run reverse at Taunton St Andrews.

In Bristol & North Somerset, Tayyab Riaz stroked an unbeaten 121 and followed up with 3-14 for Golden Hill who opened with a 61-run victory away to Old Bristolians Westbury.

The visitors were wobbling at 29-4 when Tayyab took charge, hitting 13 fours and four sixes off 105 deliveries. The next highest scorer in a total of 209-6 was Cyrus Shafi on 31 as George Willis captured 4-44 from his nine.

In reply, the home side made a solid start through Ben Harris (40) and Russ Baker (33) but slid from 67-1 to 108-5 and finished well short.

It was closer at Congresbury where Twyford House squeezed in by one wicket.

Star of the show was Tom Armfield who followed his 4-27 with a battling unbeaten 49 off 94 balls (five fours and a six) as Twyford rallied from 27-3 and 122-8 to reach their target of 152.

Captain Olly Sharp crashed 74 from just 38 balls (11 fours, two sixes) to propel Stapleton to a seven-wicket success away to neighbours Bristol West Indian Phoenix.

Brislington were in a strong position at 93-2 off 19, chasing 146 at local rivals Keynsham, when rain forced play to be abandoned. And it was the same story at Knowle who were 58-2, in reply to Bristol 2nds’ challenge of 166, when the rain had the last word.