Cricket


Weston-super-Mare will be playing in the second tier of the West of England Premier League in 2018 after winning at North Petherton to clinch the Somerset Division title. The Seasiders were relegated into level three for the first time at the end of the 2016 season and were determined to bounce straight back. Coach Sam …

Gloucestershire under-13s won the ESCA Festival for the second year in a row after winning all three of their matches. The 2017 squad opened their campaign with a convincing 118 run victory over Guernsey. Gloucestershire posted a total of 186-4 from their 25 overs. Praneel Choughule (32) (Thornbury), Nick Shubach (35) (Dumbleton), Rhys Price (36) …

SOMERSET travel to face Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Tuesday with their First Division status in the Specsavers County Championship hanging by a thread. The 179-run defeat by leaders Essex at Chelmsford during the week means there are just four games left to close a 23- point gap on sixth-placed Yorkshire. More worrying still is the …

Somerset’s Anya Shrubsole has won this year’s Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award for her sporting reaction to England Women’s World Cup semi-final win. Shrubsole hit the winning runs with two balls remaining in a tense clash with South Africa and was quick to console opposing captain Dane van Niekerk. It brought back memories of …

WESTERN Storm banished all memories of their defeat in last season’s final by the same opposition when they raced to a seven-wicket win over Southern Vipers in this year’s Kia Super League title decider. An explosive innings from Rachel Priest set up an easy victory over the Vipers in front of a 3,500 crowd at …

RICHARD Dawson is set to ring the changes in Gloucestershire’s under-performing batting line-up for the Specsavers County Championship clash with Leicestershire at Grace Road, starting on Tuesday. That could mean a first appearance in the competition this season for Benny Howell and only a second for Ian Cockbain. Young wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey is also pushing …

FROME brought their season to a winning conclusion in the Premier Division of the Best Western Shrubbery Hotel Somerset League as they notched up their 14th victory when they travelled to Ashbrittle. However they found things far from easy against the West Somerset side. Batting first the visitors were all out for 200 which included …

THREE wickets each for Joel Seward and Tim Mitchell steered Seaton to a 26-run win over Cullompton in a pulsating Corinthian Cup final. Seaton picked up speed after a slow start to reach 174 for six in their 20 overs – Chris Aplin bludgeoning 65 not out off 29 balls as 114 runs were scored …