AARON Brown smashed an unbeaten 59 off just 32 balls as Westbury-on-Severn completed an astonishing one-wicket home victory over leaders Aston Ingham with just three balls to spare in A West in the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League.
This match appeared to be all but over with Westbury reeling at 64-6 in pursuit of a target of 206. Jack Weaving (37) and Charlie Gayther (25) stopped the rot but at 126-7 and then 131-8, the home side were still on the ropes before Brown took centre stage with a memorable display of hitting.
The all-rounder still needed the support of James Walkley-Cox to get Westbury over the line. The last man did not score a run off his seven deliveries faced but that final wicket partnership was worth 21 priceless runs after Brown won the match with his sixth six which followed three fours.
James Benn earlier top scored on 67 for Aston Ingham who remain top of the table after closest rivals Redmarley were washed out at Tewkesbury.
This group, though, will go right down to the wire with Aston Ingham now preparing to complete a shortened season with a home date on Saturday against Redmarley.
Cheltenham 2nds, the leaders of A East, cruised past Chipping Campden by nine wickets while there was a first win for Great Rissington who trumped Hatherley & Reddings 2nds by six wickets, Freddie Seagrave top scoring on 41, and Langford held off Poulton by 38 runs.
Ben Waldron’s 3-16 saw Chipping Sodbury to a 74-run home triumph over Rockhampton 2nds in A South while Alex Ballard finished with a terrific return of 6-29 from six for Cam who were last-over four-wicket victors at Oldlands, opener Stuart Newman digging in for a crucial unbeaten 64.
Nathan Hudd’s return of 5-24 from eight saw Frampton-on-Severn to a 50-run success over Hawkesbury Upton.
B West pacesetters Newent were 27-run victors at Corse & Staunton 2nds for whom Wayne Organ’s 6-28 proved to be in vain.
Tom Stevens set up Woodpeckers’ five-wicket home success over Lydney 2nds with a haul of 5-8 and Mahesh Shetty finished with 3-16 as Ullenwood Bharat trumped Tewkesbury 2nds by 38 runs.
In B East, there was a nerve-tingling one-wicket first win of the summer for Cheltenham Civil Service 2nds away to Cranham, Tony Pope scrambling a single off the final ball of the match.
Cirencester 2nds edged Sheepscombe by 28 runs, Fairford cruised in by six wickets at home to Birdlip & Brimpsfield and Minchinhampton saw off Dumbleton 2nds by two wickets.
Parkend are the new leaders of C West after edging previous pacesetters Apperley 2nds by one wicket while Ben Cambridge (5-20) set up Kingsholm 2nds’ four-wicket home victory over Hatherley & Reddings 3rds and Churchdown romped in by nine wickets at home to Down Hatherley.
Mike Mabbatt (4-8 from eight) struck for Cricklade who eased past St Philips North by nine wickets in C East where Jack Brown’s 5-8 ensured Langford 2nds were 55-run victors away to their Poulton counterparts.
Adam Hopkins (4-15 from eight) shone for leaders Quedgeley & Hardwicke who defeated Eastcombe by seven wickets in C South where Whitminster edged Haresfield Gladiators by one run.
Stroud 2nds won by 18 runs at Stone and there were three wickets each for Ross Thompson and Richard Dwight as Upton St Leonards downed Tormarton by 145 runs.