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By Liam Moakes 21/05 Updated: 21/05 15:52
BROADWAY got the better of local rivals and hosts Elmley Castle by three wickets on Saturday and sit handily placed in second spot in the Cotswold Hills League Premier Division as a result.
Elmley were put into bat and struggled against tight lines being bowled by Jamie Powell and Nick Stewart and the hosts soon found themselves 44-5, with Powell, Adam Smallman and Andy Beale sharing the wickets.
It was left for Jamie Bailey (14) and Neil Cooper (19) to dig in and stop the rot in adding 36 runs in 12 overs, although having to play with caution so as not to put their side into further trouble.
Beale then accounted for these two and young Liam Charlton, which then left skipper Will Bailey (25), with the help of Mike Brown and Ashley Charlton, to get their side to 114 in the final over.
Beale finished with 4-22, Powell 2-22, Smallman 2-7 and Jason Horsburgh 2-48.
Broadway, through Gary and Nigel Evans, started cautiously and after 13 overs had made 45 until Gary (23) was out, soon followed by Nigel (33) and Marcus Humpston (10).
After taking several more wickets Elmley had given themselves an outside chance of an unlikely victory, but in the 34th over Broadway completed the job by reaching 115-7.
Will Bailey took 1-26, Simon Corbett 2-26, Simon Cooper 2-24 and Brown 2-21.
On Sunday in the National Village Knockout, Elmley kick-started their season with a positive victory over past champions Cookley in a high-scoring game.
Elmley were put into bat on a dry wicket and Gareth Howman and Pete Cross were ticking along nicely until a mix-up ended up in the former being run out for 12.
Simon Cooper then joined Cross and added 80 until Cross was also run out for 30.
Simon Corbett then joined Cooper as they started to inject some pace into the run rate with Cooper blasting the ball to all parts of the ground, whilst Corbett showed his quality with some classy shot selection.
Cooper finally went for a magnificent 81 and was replaced by the muscular Ashley Hemming, who took no time in hitting four huge sixes in a whirlwind 29.
Jamie Bailey hit a few quickfire boundaries before Neil Cooper took over and with Corbett got their side to a hefty total of 264 off their 40 overs.
Corbett ended 51 not out whilst Neil Cooper, who ripped the bowling to shreds, ended on 34 after his five-over stay at the crease.
Cookley were always up against it but Tom Sheriff, who looks a great prospect with bat and gloves, carried his side with an attractive 89.
The Elmley bowlers all stuck to their task but when veteran Mike Bennett (68) joined Sheriff they gave their team a glimmer of hope by adding 100 runs, but were unable to keep the run rate from slightly increasing.
Man of the match Simon Cooper came on to bowl at a critical point in the match and with his nagging accuracy claimed four vital wickets in cleaning up all the main run-getters.
Liam Charlton claimed the scalp of the dangerous Gary Mills and the task was too much for the tail-enders as Elmley ran out winners by 22 runs.
Tomorrow Elmley visit Shipston-on-Stour whilst Broadway host Bretforton.
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