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Broadway crash to first loss of season
6:50pm Sunday 3rd June 2012 in Sport
BROADWAY lost their Cotswold Hills League Premier Division unbeaten record at home to Bretforton.
In perfect conditions, the visitors bounced back with a 20-run victory after winning the toss and building a solid platform for their 234-9.
Kiwi Tim Wilson was the first to go for 30, trapped lbw by Jamie Powell (1-36), and Joey Cafaero’s bright 23 was curtailed when run out by Gary Hawkins.
Broadway’s bowlers stuck to their task well in the heat and chipped away at the inexperienced batting lineup.
Jason Horsburgh claimed 3-40, while Gary Evans, Nick Stewart and Adam Smallman all picked up a wicket to reduce Bretforton to 150-8.
But Bretforton skipper Adrian Witts (56) found an ally in Alex Evans (38 not out) for a crucial partnership ended by Nigel Evans’ fine catch.
In reply, the opening Evans duo departed to make it 9-2 before Marcus Humpston’s exit for 12 on 43-3.
Broadway replied positively through Mark Evans (46), Powell (86) and Matt Phillips (32) but the lower order succumbed to an all-spin attack for 214 in 37 overs.
An under-strength Broadway seconds side lost by 10 runs at Elmley Castle after slipping to a paltry 84 all out with only skipper Steve Wheeler (41 not out) providing resistance.
The under 12s went down by 10 runs to Winchcombe, who accelerated away in the final two overs after a tight match, ending on 244-5 in reply to 234-4 .
Dumbleton and Bredon secured victories in the West of England Premier League Gloucester Division.
Second-placed Dumbleton beat Apperley by 52 runs at home after setting a formidable target of 307-6 from 50 overs.
Opener Andrew Carson (87) was well supported by Tom Robertson (76 not out) and skipper Adam Stuart (45).
Hugh Leeke starred in Apperley’s reply of 255 but they were bowled out in 46.1 overs with David Johnstone taking 4-53, George Oram 2-50 and Carson 2-21.
Bredon moved out of the bottom two thanks to thrashing lowly rivals Woodmancote by 125 runs.
Tewkesbury lost to Lydney by three wickets.