Stroud are still looking for their first win after finishing seven runs short at home to Trowbridge. Batting first Trowbridge managed to get off to a good start thanks to Julyan and reynoldswho’s 2nd wicket partnership of 84 was the mainstay of their innings. Stroud, despite several fielding lapses including a good few dropped catches managed to claw the situation back to leave Trowbridge finishing on a highly gettable 215
Trowbridge’s openers did not make it easy and batting was tough and all batters had to work hard for their runs. Many made starts including fresh from the plane Keegan Petersen (37) but all lost their wickets in the chase.
Harvey Jupp nearly managed to get the team home with a well made 42 but in the end Stroud fell just 8 runs short
The 2s travelled to unbeaten side Cricklade with the strongest side of their season so far. Cricklade won the toss on elected to bowl on a wicket with plenty of grass on it. Openers Lloyd and Paginton started positively and visiting skipper Tom Richings was forced into early bowling changes. Chris Dutton bowled another economical spell and tied down the opening pair as did Dean at the other end. With the score on 108-0 off 30 the scoreboard looked prettt but, the game was far from going away from Stroud. Gareth Haines was needed to bowl 2 spells and took 2 wickets in 2 balls in his second spell, including the dangerous Davies to end with figures of 2-46 off 9.
Wickets fell at steady intervals from there on, with Gavin Dean ending on 4 wickets. Stroud managing to capture 3 wickets in the last over to get 2 extra points. Special mention must go to Matt “Ben Stokes” Smith for a wonder catch at deep midwicket.
The run chase started positively with Coxy and Chris Smith building a solid foundation until Chris was caught at backward point. This bought Pav Sharma to the crease and he batted in a manor that we arent used to playing a patient knock but making sure anything lose was put away. Opening bowler Davies came back into the attack with stroud 2 down and decived Pav with a fantastic slower ball bowling Pav clean up. Skipper Tom Richings was next in, and with Matt Smith played similar innings to Pav being patient but also not letting the bowlers settle and rotating the strike well.
Matt bought up his 50 then looked to finish it early until he was caught for 67 with stroud needing 4 to win. Tom Richings hit the winning runs, pulling a boundary in the 39th over to finish the game with plenty of overs to spare.
Next week, bottom side Lechlade are the visitors for the 2s who look to make it 4 on the bounce.
The third XI match at home against Haresfield was regrettably abandoned after only 19 overs due to a misconduct issue involving one of the opposition’s players.
A disciplinary process with the SDCA has now commenced, with the match result, points etc to be appropriately adjusted thereafter.
Stroud 4ths took on Frampton 3rd team away on Frampton village green on Saturday. Losing the toss, Stroud were asked to bat first. Our opening pair of Russell Culver and Tom King made a good start but both fell to excellent catches on the boundary.
Rick Carmen and Ed Collins continued the good work, Rick making 43, and making it look easy until he too was caught out. Louis Glover replaced Rick, but he was unable to deal with the pace of the Frampton bowling.
Chris Dickinson then took the bowlers on, and with Ed Collins, made an amazing partnership of over 150 runs. Both fell to catches eventually, Ed making 87 but overtaken by Chris Dickinson who hit 9 fours and 5 sixes, and was dropped 4 times, to make a brilliant 92.
Tom Legg then fell cheaply to leave Ollie Barlow and Cal Rainey to see out the last overs. Frampton replied after tea and made steady progress, but our opening bowlers, Louis Glover and Ollie Barlow, kept the run rate very low.
Good rotation of the bowlers made it difficult for Frampton and wickets started to fall regularly. Tom Legg had the best figures of 7 overs, 1 maiden, 19 runs for 3 wickets. Frampton were all out in the 37th over, well short of the 303 they needed to win.