A SUPERB knock by youngster Ryan Yates and some lusty late hitting by Matt Bowden secured Top Pub Cavaliers victory in the opening match of the Gloucester District Cricket Association season last Saturday.
Yates blasted 80 and resurrected his team from a perilous position of 4-24 in the match against Stroud.
Stroud had earlier set Cavaliers an imposing chase of 154 from the allotted 40 overs, built on the back of a solid partnership between Dallas Shultz and Phil Ince.
Ince finished with 54 while Shultz made a dashing 44 despite some good bowling by James Yates (3-34 from eight) and Bowden (2-15 from eight).
Stroud’s total should have been greater but tight bowling at the death by Cavaliers restricted them to just eight runs from the final four overs.
Stroud got off to the best possible start in defending its total, with strike bowler Tim Threadgate snaring three early wickets before Ryan Yates and Bowden salvaged the match for Cavaliers with 15 overs to spare.
In Saturday’s other match an under-strength Rawdon Vale side pulled off a remarkable victory over Soldiers Club Colts built largely on some tight bowling by Jye Barkwill and Kyran Laurie and some late order hitting by Harrison Clarke.
Set 97 by the Colts, it was left to Clarke and Andy Laurie to guide their team to a one-wicket victory.
Colts got off to a steady start in their innings with Jack Cohen (25) and Sam Pickworth (24) combining for an opening stand of 54.
But tight bowling from Kyran Laurie (1-11 from eight overs) and Barkwill (3-8 from four) kept Colts from passing the century mark.
Clarke’s innings of 24 while batting at number 10 was the highlight for the reigning premiers who suffered a top order collapse.