Westbury beat the rain but go down

By Mark Elson   |   Senior Reporter   |
Tuesday 18th June 2019 4:39 pm
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Gloucestershire County Cricket League

Westbury II 101 all out (27.4 overs), Bourton Vale III 204-5 (30 overs)


WESTBURY Seconds put visitors Bourton Vale into bat and found themselves facing a huge target to win.

Sunday’s game was one of just two in the Gloucestershire County League that went ahead last weekend because of wet conditions.

Bourton openers Andy Philips and John Boyles got into the groove and put on 65 when Boyles was caught by Francis Stirrup off the bowling of Arron Williams for 11.

Williams struck again to dismiss Philips with the visitors on 97, caught by Andrew Cueto for 68 which included four sixes and eight fours.

And the bowler claimed his third wicket when Neil Wyman caught Max Shepherd for 10 with the Cotswold side on 125.

Williams finished with figures of 3-33 off six overs.

Tom Landon caught Jack Galpin off the bowling of Jonathan Burrows for 50 with Vale on 161-4, and the final wicket taken by Westbury was that of Andrew Herbert, bowled for two by Jacob Brown.

Vale eventually posted a challenging total of 204-5 off 30 overs.

Westbury showed intent with opener Francis Stirrup knocking three fours off 29 balls for 15.

But the first home wicket to fall was that of Stirrup’s fellow opener Neil Wyman, run out for five with the score on 16.

Just three runs had been added when Charlie Gayther was caught for two.

Francis Stirrup went for 15 and Westbury were 33-3 before Arron Williams and Karl George steadied things, taking the hosts past the 50 mark.

But it was 54-4 when George was caught for four, leaving Williams on 20.

Tom Landon joined Williams at the crease but was bowled for 10 to reduce the home side to 66-5.

Williams was next to go, bowled for 28 including three fours and a six, with just one more run added.

Jason Saunders went lbw for one to leave Westbury staring at defeat on 73-7, and Mark Landon was also bowled when he had reached 10, to make it 88-8.

Jonathan Burrows was the ninth wicket to go, bowled for 10 with his side on 99.

And just two more runs were added before Jacob Brown was bowled for 10.


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