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Men's weekend round-up: June 18th

3's fall agonisingly close to sneaking a win between the rain

The 3's came off for rain needing to bowl only one more over to get a result at home to Stanton Drew, however still picked up some crucial bonus points to move up to third in B&D 7.

Having been put into bat, Ali Drury (51) and Simon Weeks (92) laid a platform for Thornbury to reach an imposing 229-5 from 40, with good cameo's from Josh Parcell, David Hammond and Om Reddy. In response, Stanton's star batsman Bailey was bowled by an absolute beauty from Kian Coomans in the first over and from there TCC were able to turn the screw and take wickets - Rhys Surman picking up 2-19.

However, with 20 overs the minimum required to get a game in, and Stanton 63-5 (needing to be at 115 to win), the rain became too heavy after 19! It never let up, and so Thornbury were left to settle for 12 points. The 3's are home again this Saturday against Bishopston.

Elsewhere, weather got the better of the 1's game at home to Bridgwater, however in contrast to the 3's were probably fairly happy with this outcome.

After being put into bat, Thornbury fell from 98-2 to 150 all out, in face of some quality bowling from Bridgwater's seamers. Skipper Marc Lezar top scored with 37, with Ed Webb the only other batter to pass 20. In response, Bridgwater were coasting at 54-1 off 9 overs before rain put an end to proceedings.

The 1's remain 8th in the table, and travel deep into Wiltshire to play 3rd placed Potterne this Saturday.

The second team, looking to follow up on the previous week's win, travelled to high flying Hawkesbury Upton. However after opting to bat first, fell to a similar pattern to the 1st team, however the weather gods weren't able to help them. Three batters passed 30, but non kicked on, and Thornbury finished up on 164-9 off their 40 overs, with Luke Davis top scoring with 36.

Sensing rain around, Hawkesbury came out attacking, with skipper Westwood hitting 89 from just 55 balls, and guiding his side to a 9 wicket win in just 19 overs. 20 minutes later the rain came, highlighting the fine margins at play on this kind of day. The 2's will look to bounce back at home to Cheltenham Civil Service this Saturday.

The 4's suffered a tough defeat at the hands of a strong Timsbury side, however remain second placed in B&D 13. Against a young Thornbury side, Timsbury racked up 274-4 in their 40 overs - Nathan Jones with 2-23 was the pick of the bowling. In response, Thornbury were bowled out for 87, with only Hugo Slade passing 20.

A tough day out for the young side however still an opportunity to learn. The 4's travel to Barrow Gurney this Saturday, looking to bounce back and cement their spot in the top 2.

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