Bourne set their stall out with fine all-round display

Nick Gabbett scored a stylish 46 on his league debut for Wellesbourne.
Nick Gabbett scored a stylish 46 on his league debut for Wellesbourne.

Cotswold Hills runners-up Wellesbourne proved too strong for newly promoted Bidford, running out comfortable 193-run winners at Loxley Close in their season-opener.

After being asked to bat, Bourne lost Gary Maynard to Bidford’s overseas player Tanyaradzwa Munyardzi with the score on 22.

Debutant Aussie opener Nick Gabbett was then joined by Dave Barnett and the two began to build a fruitful partnership.

Gabbett was quick to punish anything loose and he and Barnett took the total to 99 before the overseas addition was caught by Naylor off Rouse for 46.

Barnett then built another good partnership with Harry Jackman, both players producing some fine strokes until Barnett departed for a fine 80.

Munyardzi picked up two more victims, including Jackman (38), as Bourne were reduced to 202 for six.

However, 16-year-old John Edden played an innings to belie his age, peppering the boundary at regular intervals to score an unbeaten 69 as the innings closed on a daunting 278 for seven.

Munyardzi was the pick of the bowlers with three for 43.

Bidford knew they had a stiff target and so it proved as opening bowlers Evans and Gary Maynard bowled very well in tandem to rip out the top order.

Evans started the rout, having Rouse caught behind by Barnett and Maynard then bowled T Edkins.

Evans had Dipple trapped in front and Maynard had Gretton again caught behind by Barnett and the visitors were in disarray on 48 for four.

Munyardzi offered some resistance with 26 but skipper Stephenson brought himself on and proceeded to take four wickets for five runs.

His first victim was Layton lbw, then he had Munyardzi caught in the deep by Shearsby and he caught and bowled Naylor.

Jackman picked up Cooper caught by Gary Maynard and Stephenson completed the rout, having W Edkins stumped by Barnett.

Downey was unable to bat having picked up a nasty eye injury while fielding, but fortunately he seemed to be fine at the close.