West of England Premier 2

Chard 1st XI 226-9 beat Glastonbury 213-9 by 13 runs

IT was a close-run thing at Glastonbury on Saturday when Chard bowlers held their nerve to see their side to victory.

Batting first, Chard opening pair Robert Gletworth and Stephen Dening set off at a good pace.

They both reached 36 when they became the victims of Harry Ellison.

Each of the top six reached double figures with Reid Mawdsley adding 13 before Jon Dalwood top-scored with a studied 41 on a difficult wicket.

George Retter (16) and Jonathan Scott (20) also added useful runs before Tim Wighton (15) and Tom Shire (22no) hit quick runs as the overs ran out.

Ellison (3-43) was the pick of the home bowlers while Matt Shawcross mopped up most of the tail, taking 4-51.

Glastonbury’s reply was soon under pressure as Chris Scott and Tim Wighton made early inroads into their batting line-up.

That brought in Ellison, who brought Glastonbury back into the game with a fine 77.

Shawcross (42) and Jack Lukins (43) put Glastonbury in the driving seat, despite accurate spells from Chard bowlers.

Star of the show, however, was Reid Mawsley. In just seven overs, he ran through the Glastonbury late order and captured the vital wicket of Ellison to take a match-winning 5-39.

Glastonbury’s progress was halted just in time and they were still 13 runs short at the close.