BEDMINSTER booked their place in the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Cup final with a high-scoring 11-run victory away to Stroud.
The Bristol side made the most of winning the toss on a glorious day to total 328-4 from their 40 thanks mainly to the efforts of Max Tryfonos and opener Joe Millard.
Tryfonos was caught for 115 off 103 (12 fours, four sixes) while Millard perished for 90 before Shay Sainsbury crashed 66 from just 31 balls (five fours, four sixes) at the death.
The hosts could have been forgiven for wilting in the heat but came only only just short thank to another fine batting effort. Opener Ollie Whiteley ended unbeaten on 115 off 109 (12 fours and a six) while Amogh Bhatkal (61) and Ewan Gegg (59) gave great support before skipper Louis Gegg almost won it with 44 off just 26.
Bedminster now wait to see who triumphs in the second semi-final between Bishopston and Hatherley & Reddings on August 21, with the final scheduled to be held at the Seat Unique Stadium on September 10.
FRENCHAY and Langford go head to head on Sunday at Frocester in the final of the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy (noon).
BRISTOL suffered an eight-wicket reverse to Bradninch in the area semi-finals of the ECB Club T20 at Bridgwater.
The WEPL champions were all out for 143 against the Devon qualifiers, opener Nic Halstead Cleak (61) and captain Louie Shaw (56) top scoring.
But Bradninch cruised through with almost five overs to spare and then walloped Newport, also by eight wickets, to reach the last eight nationally.