Owzat! Jack’s Fifty Can’t Save Downton From Cricket Defeat

A defiant half century by young Jack Green was not enough to prevent CM Downton’s cricket team crashing to yet another defeat against their old rivals from the Gloucester County Cricket Board.

Jack, son of warehouse project leader Chris Green, hit an unbeaten 51 as the Downton XI took on a side made up of some of the county’s top disabled players.

Unfortunately, his fellow batsmen could only add 99 between them as Downton slumped to 150 all out chasing the opposition’s impressive total of 186-8.

It was the fourth successive defeat for Downton in this annual fixture, staged at Frampton CC as part of the company’s ongoing sponsorship of disability cricket.

Gloucestershire currently has two disability teams at county level. Downton has sponsored both since 2015, providing funding to purchase kit and cover match-day costs.

Despite the result skipper Phil Arnold, who scored a creditable 17, said he was pleased with his side’s performance.

“We were up against a crack team who train twice a week and really know how to play,” he said. “But it was a great day out and it was very sporting of them to lend us three players.”

CM Downton managing director Duncan Eyre said: “As a proud Gloucestershire company we’re always looking for ways in which we can support the community through charities and local initiatives.

“The GCCB’s disability programme is going from strength to strength and doing fantastic things for the disabled community in Gloucestershire. We are extremely proud to be a part of that.”