4:20pm Friday 13th September 2013
A FINAL-day Cotswold District Cricket Association League Division One defeat did not matter as Adlestrop took the title for a fourth successive season.
The Gloucestershire villagers were already set to lift the trophy yet again before the 48-run loss at Chedworth.
However, the championship success was trickier for Adlestrop this season after four league defeats in total compared to none in either 2012 or 2011.
They were set 178-5 after a useful batting display from Chedworth.
Sam Keen took 2-48 and Nick Rawlings 2-43 but Nick Keen really put a stranglehold on the opposition with 1-9 from 10 overs, including five maidens.
The busy Nick Keen and David Hughes took two catches each but the reply proved challenging with Adlestrop restricted to just 130-9 from 40 overs.
Wicketkeeper Jamie Parker (18) was the main contributor in an opening stand of 23 with two fours and a six before Hughes (16) then took over.
After a mini-collapse, Nick Rawlings (16) and Rupert Leigh (21 not out) rallied Adlestrop.
Leigh hit two fours and a six but no-one could stick around until last man Derek Hedges added 16no.
Meanwhile, Stow-on-the-Wold finished fourth after beating fifth-placed NATs by 55 runs thanks to an opening 191-4.
Chris Heaps (78), Dan Smith (69) and Ben Close (24no) all weighed in with Rob Griffiths claiming 3-30. Bob Phillips held the NATs innings together with 83 but the only other batsman in double figures was Griffiths (12).
They were dismissed for 136 with Hayden Elsdale taking a superb 8-37 in 10 overs.
Sam Evans scored 89 in their 142-6 before the visitors were dismissed for 132. But secondplaced Ducklington, who head to lowly Marcham seconds on Saturday, can still catch them.
Chippy first XI, who are midtable in Division Two, thrashed Marsh Gibbon by 145 runs with Ben Tew blasting 155no in their 256-5.
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