Gayther close to ton in Westbury victory

County Division One:

Westbury 1st XI 157-

4 (29) Thornbury 2nd

XI 155 all out (33.1)

– Westbury win by six

wickets.

Friday 8th July 2022 4:00 pm
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Charlie Gayther hit an undefeated 93 as Westbury beat Thornbury Seconds. Library picture. ()

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WESTBURY moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season with a six-wicket win over fellow strugglers Thornbury Seconds.

The win, the second on the bounce, moves them into seventh place in Division One of the Gloucestershire County League.

Thornbury were put in and were immediately in trouble when Simon Weeks was caught by Jake Bonser off the bowling of Greg Artus.

The visitors steadied things with two good partnerships which took them to 107-3.

Artus took the catch off Tom Landon which dismissed Josh Slade for 29 with the score on 58.

Then Ed Edginton started slicing through the Thornbury batsmen, bowling opener Vishal Mamgai for 39.

Gary Morgan caught James Tunnicliffe – who was joint high scorer with Mamgai – off the bowling of Dan Hockady to make it 135-4.

Westbury then saw off the remaining six wickets for just 21 runs to close the innings on 155.

Edginton’s second wicket was an lbw and then Richard Poole took a catch off Dan Hockaday.

There were catches for Bonser and Artus as Edginton took his tally to four.

The last two wickets also went to catches by Landon off Hockaday and Poole off Artus.

Thornbury made a positive start when opener Alex Wayman went with the score on one.

That opened the way for the first of two massive partnerships that took the Forest side to 10 runs of the target with overs and wickets in hand.

Charlie Gayther led the charge with a fine innings of 93 not out.

He was first joined by wicketkeeper Jake Bonser who made 24 off 23 balls including five boundaries.

The partnership with Gayther was worth 58 runs before he went lbw.

Daniel Anderson gave Gayther strong support, contributing 24 in a partnership of 86 for the third wicket before he was bowled.

That made Westbury 145-3 and looking for 11 runs for victory.

Dan Jarvis went to a catch for six but Gayther and Greg Artus saw their side home.

Gayther’s innings of 93 came off 89 balls and included 11 boundaries and four sixes.

The 21-point win puts them 13 points ahead of Cheltenham Seconds in the upper relegations spot at the midway point in the season.

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