Week 11 Bristol & District League review

JACK Baber produced a memorable display with ball and then bat for Bristol West Indians Phoenix who overcame Stapleton by five wickets to boost their hopes of promotion from the Senior Division of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

BWIP started the day in second place, 34 points ahead of Stapleton in the race to return to WEPL, and ended it 45 points clear with seven more rounds of games to go.

Baber grabbed three wickets with the new ball and eventually finished with 4-24 from nine as Stapleton totalled 262-7 after winning the toss, Mitch Harris hitting 88.

And the left-hander then led BWIP’s reply with 116 off 101 (17 fours and a six) while Nathan Hall added an unbeaten 51 as the points were wrapped up with more than four overs to spare.

Leaders Frenchay won by 122 runs at Hanham, Praful Waghela contributing 70 before skipper Alex Stell and Adarsh Appannagari bagged three wickets apiece.

In Division One, Muzamal Haseeb bagged 4-23 as second-placed Bristol Pakistanis overcame Knowle 2nds by seven wickets.

Division Two leaders Hambrook won by four wickets away to Brislington 2nds, Jay Wittram (4-19) and Dhavalkumar Raval (51) both starring.

Bitton, the Division Three front runners, chased down a target of 272 away to Bedminster 3rds with almost five overs to spare following an opening stand of 113 between Oliver Fowler (60) and Mark Lucas (58) before Joe Fletcher took centre stage with an unbeaten 64 off 37.

One of the bowling displays of the day came in Division Five where Benura Umanga finished with 6-30 to pave the way for leaders Bristol Sri Lankans to trump Timsbury 2nds by six wickets.

Jason Phillips, meanwhile, cracked 152 not out from only 81 (16 fours, ten sixes) for Almondsbury 2nds but their total of 268-5 was reached in less than 27 overs by Bristol Pakistanis 2nds thanks to an unbroken stand of 159 between Mohammad Harris (103 off 70) and Haroon Muzmil (78 from 49).

In Division Eight, Stuart Rutter smashed an unbeaten 146 off 89 (20 fours, six sixes) for Hambrook 2nds who eased to an eight-wicket home victory against Alveston.

The left hander shared an unbroken partnership of 245 with Nirmal Radhakrishnan (80) as Hambrook reached their target of 256 with more than seven overs in hand.

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