Apperley closing in on another Lord's date
APPERLEY recorded their best Gloucestershire Division victory of the season so far with a convincing five-wicket success over third-placed Lydney.
And there was a double celebration for the men from Swan Road, after Great and Little Tew were defeated in the Village Knockout Cup.
That victory takes the men from School Road to within three games of a second appearance at Lord's, after the club made the final of the same competition in 1998.
The league win owed everything to a solid and disciplined all-round bowling performance from Mark Williamson's men.
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In bowling Lydney out for 176 from three balls shy of their 50 overs, Apperley were always in control of the game.
Lydney skipper Edward Jones won the toss, elected to bat first and soon saw his side fall into trouble as the new ball worked wonders for Apperly.
Dave Means bowled the dangerous Jonathan Kear for nine and William Jones was removed by a Luke Smith return catch for five.
Jake Bonser and Peter Glynn attempted to steady the ship and batted well for a solid third-wicket partnership before Bonser was bowled by Rowan Leeke for 25.
Glynn had compiled 43 before he was next to fall, thanks to a Rob Birch catch from the bowling of Hugh Leeke.
Lydney skipper Jones did his best to halt his side's slide, batting patiently for his 24 runs, but from his 68th ball, Richard West removed his bails and Apperley were in control.
Guenther Staros took two for 38 and the returning Smith (3-46) then mopped up the tail as Apperley were set a reasonably modest target for victory.
The reply started in the worst possible fashion when Smith departed for a first-ball duck with Glynn the destroyer of his stumps.
Birch and Thomas Rock steadied the ship with 21 and 19 respectively before both fell to the accurate William Jones, who claimed figures of two for 33 from his ten overs.
After Rowan Leeke was removed by Paul Morris for 12, the partnership of the game between Hugh Leeke and Chris King saw Apperley home.
Leek batted for 77 balls and hit seven boundaries before being pinned on his pads by Jack O'Connell one run shy of a half century.
King struck five fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 40 to take the hosts to victory with five wickets and over 16 overs to spare.