Week 1 Bristol & District review

FRENCHAY opened their 175th anniversary celebrations in the best possible way, dispatching Timsbury by 10 wickets in the Senior Division of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League.

The South Gloucestershire side lost the toss but were soon enjoying being in the field as Timsbury wilted against Chare Smith (3-10 from seven) and then Eddie Williams (4-25 from eight) to be bowled out for just 78 at home.

Reece Bevan (48) and Mike Donaldson (28) then ensured Frenchay banked maximum points.

Dom Hooper starred with bat and ball for Claverham who were 97-run victors away to Coalpit Heath.

The 22-year-old all-rounder top scored with a patient 44 in a total of 152-9. But in reply Heath were soon on the back foot at 6-6 before being bowled out for 55 as Hooper (6-24 from 8.3) and Sam Waring (2-14) dominated.

Syed Shah (48) and Tanveer Ahmed (39 not) saw Pak Bristolians to a two-wicket victory away to Clevedon 2nds, and Shirehampton won by the same margin at home to Keynsham 2nds.

A strong Bedminster 2nds line-up wrapped up a six-wicket rain-affected home success over Bradley Stoke.

Owen Onslow’s 73 off 51 (six fours, six sixes) lifted the visitors to 239-9 ahead of skipper Alex Tryfonos (75) and fellow opener Mark Coombes (52) putting Bedminster in control.

Syed Shah’s 48 helped Pak Bristolians to a two-wicket victory away to Clevedon 2nds, denying James Caddick (5-26 from nine).

In Division One, 81 from Brad Hardidge was in vain for Hanham who tumbled by four wickets at home to Knowle 2nds.

Almondsbury were one-run winners away to Cleeve in Division Two, Dan Dunt capturing the final wicket in an exciting finish. Joe Black finished with 5-38 for Almondsbury whose top scorer was opener Colin Featherstone on 67.

In Division Three, Balal Ali (4-16) and Shahwaiz Hassan (78 not) shone in Pakistani Express’s seven-wicket home success over Bedminster 3rds, and Andy Nairn claimed 4-28 as Twyford House 2nds eased past St Mary Redcliffe by 63 runs.

One of the biggest wins of the day came in Division Four where George Williams’ unbeaten 112 paved the way for a 179-run home win for Old Down against University Staff who were rumbled for 82 by James Thomas (4-22).

And in Division Six, captain Roshan Perera smashed an unbeaten 151 off 127 (17 fours, five sixes) for Bristol Sri Lankans who dispatched Timsbury 2nds by 57 runs.

Suleman Sikandar Butt was unbeaten on 134 for Pak Bristolians 2nds who lost by four wickets at home to Bath 4ths in Division Five where Fraser Reeves crashed an unbeaten 131 to ensure a last over three-wicket triumph for Brislington 3rds at Abbots Leigh.

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