Thornbury ride high in early season standings

May 29 2018
Thornbury ride high in early season standings

Thornbury Cricket club have enjoyed a great start to the new season, with the first team currently top of the West of England Premier 2 Glos/Wilt league.

It comes after victories against Burbage and Easton Royal by 58 runs, Trowbridge by 181 runs and Westbury & District by 25 runs.

Thornbury batting has prospered, amassing around 300 runs in all the games, backed up by strong and consistent bowling.

Dan Davis made 88, Kyp Bridgen 64 and Dan Lezar 79 not out against Burbage.  Davis was in the runs again with 54 against Trowbridge, with Nick Stovold 52 and Luke Davis 76 also pitching in.  In the match against Westbury Dan Davis continued his hot streak with 89 and Luke Davis pitched in with 67.

Dan Davis also starred with the ball, returning 5 for 26 against Trowbridge with Danny Slade claiming 5 for 47 against Westbury.

The return of the Lezar boys to the club this season after a few years away - Dan from Downend and Marc from Clevedon - has injected experience and a greater balance to a young team that are now hoping to challenge at the top of the league this season after a few years hovering around the middle of the table.

The second team are also unbeaten and top of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League Division 2, with wins over Ullenwood Bharat, Cinderford St John and Cranham.

Josh Riggs scored 74 against Cinderford and Jon Oakey had figures of 4 for 19 against Ullenwood.

The third and fourth teams have also enjoyed great starts in the Bristol & District Cricket Leagues, with both teams sitting in third position in their leagues.

Simon Weeks made 76 against Timsbury and 69 against Almondsbury for the third team, with Carl Botha hitting 59 in the same game.  Dan Botha hit an unbeaten 73 and Richard Hawkins making a half century against Carsons.

14 year old Ahmed Syed and the 54 year old Andy Clarke gelled well, both hitting 59 not out in a century partnership against Timsbury.