Riverside club go top after frustrating weekend
IT WAS a frustrating weekend for the leading pack in the Glos/Wilts Division title race as all the games involving the top three clubs were abandoned as a consequence of the weather.
Lechlade, however, regained top spot as a result of securing enough bonus points in their game against Chippenham to draw level with Biddestone and go above their rivals as a result of a better head-to-head record. Potterne remain in third place, six points behind the leading pair.
Lechlade won the toss and asked their hosts to bat first. With the skies darkening the visitors had some urgency in their efforts and were rewarded when Paul Godding trapped Peter Sykes lbw for one in the sixth over. Godding followed this up when he had Jordi Rose caught for six and, when Chippenham lost the wickets of Lee Ward and Michael Torr both to Luke Sellers, Chippenham had been reduced to 13-4 after 11 overs.
However, with Lechlade very much on top they couldn’t press home their advantage as Tom Young and Billy Cookson put together a partnership of 38 before Young was run out by Will Nichols for 11.
Chippenham continued their rally despite losing Denson Narayan shortly afterwards,as Cookson and Richard Bates added 44 to the total before Chippenham lost two quick wickets when Cookson and Harry Collins were both bowled by Nichols in the 36th over.
With Chippenham on 106-8, Lechlade had a fleeting chance of obtaining a quick victory before the rain arrived but were unable to finish Chippenham off. The home side rallied again with Bates and Tom Lloyd adding a further 55 before the innings was curtailed by the rain with Chippenham finishing on 161.
In reply after a rain interruption and an early tea, Lechlade were reduced to 16-3 as Joe Breet, Arran Dickinson and Freddie Martin were all sent back to the pavilion without scoring.
Arnie Yugaraja and Nichols started to settle the nerves and had taken the score to 26 before the rain finally came and allowed no further play for the day.
Lechlade’s captain Paul Godding said after the game: “It’s been a very frustrating day but if we had been offered top spot in the league at the start of the day we would have taken it without a doubt.”
Lechlade 2nds also regained top spot in the Wiltshire 2nd XI league with a seven-wicket win over Devizes. Lechlade bowled Devizes out for 116 with Max Dawe taking 4-26, which included a triple wicket maiden. Lechlade then proceeded to knock the required runs off in 12 overs before the rain came.
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