HOLDERS Bedminster are through to the second round of the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Cup following a high-scoring 20-run home victory against Hatherley & Reddings.
Abid Taniwal (82 from 55), Muhammad Tayyab Nasir (63 from 22), George Davey (54) and Ben Cunliffe (51) powered the Bristol side to an imposing 330-8.
And Hatherley came up just short thanks to the efforts of Joel Price (100 from 76), Tom Hage (63 from 30) and James Burton (56), Tayyab Nasir following up with a return of 3-48.
Bedminster will now entertain Charlton Kings who returned home with a seven-wicket success at Winterbourne.
Ed Birkett’s figures of 5-25 from eight restricted Winterbourne to just 131 all out before Anthony McLaughlin (46 not) led the charge for Kings.
Ties scheduled for Sunday include Bristol home to Chipping Sodbury, Frocester hosting Bishopston and Golden Hill entertaining cross-city rivals Twyford House.
Kingsholm, meanwhile, eased past Golden Hill 2nds by 121 runs to reach the third round of the Stuart Canvas Gloucestershire Trophy.
Skipper Matt Cayless led from the front with a terrific unbeaten 137 off 105 (19 fours, three sixes) while Dom Court contributed 59 to a 40-over total of 272-8, Will Schofield finishing with 3-42 from eight.
Luke Bond then led Kingsholm’s charge with the ball, grabbing 4-51 including the wickets of Simon Hygate (40) and John Colley (35) as the home side folded to 151 all out.
On Sunday, last year’s beaten finalists Langford host Gloucester AIW and Lydney are home to Hambrook.
CAPTAIN Will Naish took centre stage with two stand-out performances as Frocester won their way through to the WEPL semi-finals in qualifying for a place in the national rounds of the ECB National Club Twenty20.
The all-rounder crashed an unbeaten 113 off only 60 (nine fours, nine sixes) as his side chased down a target of 214 against Painswick with four balls to spare.
And he followed up with figures of 4-12 from four as Stroud were then restricted to 122-9 ahead of Frocester romping in by eight wickets with more than 11 overs in hand.
Also through are Bristol who dispatched hosts Congresbury by seven wickets and then overcame Golden Hill by 92 runs.
Captain Louie Shaw’s 65 ensured Bristol prevailed against Congresbury while Nic Halstead Cleak paved the way for the Golden Hill win by hammering an unbeaten 108 from only 70 (13 fours, two sixes) before Richi Panchal pounced with a return of 4-9.
Bristol will now play host to finals day on July 16 which wil get underway at 10am with Bath facing the winners of the Bridgwater, Lansdown and Taunton St Andrews group who meet on July 9.
Next up will be the second semi, between Bristol and Frocester at around 1pm, with the final following straight after.
GOLDEN Hill are through to the group semi-finals of the ECB Girls U13 8-a-side cup thanks to a commanding victory away to Gowerton.
The Bristol side piled up 181, Ella Hobson and Tilly Bending retiring on 41 and 37, respectively.
And Gowerton’s inexperienced line-up folded to six all out, Lilia Richards finishing with the remarkable figures of 6-0 from three overs.
Golden Hill (pictured above celebrating their win) will now be away in the last four on July 9 to Cheltenham who defeated Falkland on the road by five wickets.
The Berkshire side were all out for 68, Isla Ray taking 4-35, before Cheltenham cruised in with almost 12 overs to spare.
Apperley, meanwhile, have qualified for the semi-finals of the 8-a-side U15 Club T20 following a five-wicket home triumph against Golden Hill.
Megan Ahearne claimed 2-24 to restrict the Bristol visitors to 134-4 and followed up with an unbeaten 64 to book a home tie against Plymouth on July 9.
HATHERLEY & Reddings bid to move a step closer towards a dream day out at Lord’s when they host Wormelow, of Herefordshire, on Sunday (1pm) in the first national round of the Vitality U15 Club T20.