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Week 1 results

Apperley made the perfect start to life back in the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League following last season’s relegation with a commanding eight-wicket home victory on the opening weekend against Lydney.

Opener Jon Kear (58) top scored as the visitors battled to reach 188 in this Division One clash as Dave Mearns shone with a fine return of 5-26 from 7.3 overs.

Skipper Andy O’Connor (51) and Luke Smith then shared an opening stand of 142 for the villagers who went on to win with plenty to spare.

Corse & Staunton, who also came down from WEPL, were edged out by 14 runs at Poulton for whom Jody Lawrence top scored with 60 and Mark Burton hit 48.

It was an even tougher day for Chipping Sodbury, the third team to drop down from WEPL. They were skittled for 89 at Painswick who romped in by 146 runs after a quite remarkable unbeaten 145 by Luke Woolway who cracked an unbeaten 145 from only 103 balls, bludgeoning nine fours and 11 sixes.

Mason Poole grabbed 4-39 from nine for Sodbury while James Harber led the Painswick attack with figures of 3-28.

John Wilkinson (65) and Ian Mitchell (57) helped Charlton Kings recover from a shaky start to reach 180-9 against Cam who folded to a 68-run defeat, Simon Read and Mark Tucker taking three wickets apiece.

In Division Two, Jon Oakey’s burst of 4-18 from nine paved the way for Thornbury 2nds to overcome Ullenwood Bharat by seven wickets.

Half centuries from Jason Gore and Paul Turner were the highlights of Woodmancote’s 41-run triumph at Chipping Sodbury 2nds while Clive Thornton bagged 3-4 from only two overs for Shurdington who completed a 44-run win at Gloucester AIW Sports.

George Bailey thumped 122 for Hawkesbury Upton who romped in by 76 runs at home to Frampton-on-Severn in Division Three while James Hamilton top scored on 64 for Aston Ingham who overcame Rockhampton 2nds by 55 runs, Ollie O’Neill finishing with 3-25 from nine.

Jack Groves starred with figures of 4-13 from 4.2 overs to set up Chipping Camden’s ten-wicket triumph away to Slaughters United who were bowled out for 71.

In Division Four, James Field’s haul of 5-20 from nine put Dymock on course for a seven-wicket success at home to Newent while captain Chris Clayton’s 76 took Fairford to an eight-wicket home win against Gloucester City Winget 2nds.

Langford lost two early wickets but Jeremy Kirby (70) and Jack Brown (56) then shared an unbroken partnership to see Langford to an eight-wicket triumph away to Lydney 2nds.

Callum King took centre stage with figures of 5-17 from eight for Corse & Staunton 2nds who raced to a ten-wicket win at home to King’s Stanley in Division Five.

Jitesh Thammisetti took 4-47 and then hit an unbeaten 68 for Birdlip & Brimpsfield who eased in by eight wickets at home to Sheepscombe & Bisley.