Week 13 Bristol & District League review

ROSS Edwards producing a stunning spell of 7-18 from nine overs as lowly Hanham completed the double over leaders Old Bristolians Westbury in the Senior Division in the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

The 20-year-old left-armer reduced the visitors from 25-0 to 59 all out with the best figures this summer throughout the league, Tim Bromfield (2-1 from 13 balls) and Western Storm seamer Mollie Robbins (1-15 from nine) also keeping the heat on.

Mollie’s brother Ross then stood firm with an unbeaten 31 from 63 to wrap up a fourth win of the summer for Hanham who gave themselves crucial breathing space away from the bottom two places, moving up to seventh with five rounds of games to go.

OB Westbury are now just four points ahead of Bradley Stoke who had to show plenty of character for a last-over two-wicket home victory against Coalpit Heath.

John Donaldson’s 93 dominated the visitors’ 209-8, Ben Rivers continuing his fine run of form with a return of 5-42 from nine after opening the attack with younger sister Jen who marked her senior debut by taking 1-19 from six.

It was a fourth five-for of the summer for 17-year-old Ben who has now captured 34 wickets this season – nine more than his nearest rival – while that wicket for Jen, aged 15, was the 50th of her Bristol & District career.

Alfie Bradley (64) and Myran Moore (57) put Bradley Stoke in charge with an opening stand of 142 only for Heath to storm back before skipper Ash Baber stood firm with an unbeaten 25.

George McEndoo took 5-35 and followed up with an unbeaten 44 for third-placed Stapleton who saw off Timsbury by two wickets, and Muhammad Sajjad’s haul of 4-21 from nine paved the way for Bristol Pakistanis to dispatch bottom side Clevedon 2nds by six wickets.

Division One leaders Whitchurch lost by 88 runs at home to Downend 2nds, allowing Cleeve to move into top spot.

Opener Dave Bromley (71) and Phil Jackson (47 from 23) lifted the visitors to 216-5 ahead of Joe Tolman (4-10 from eight) and Mark Litson (3-59) reducing Whitchurch to 128 all out.

Winterbourne 2nds went from ninth to sixth place thanks to an exciting one-wicket triumph away to their Knowle counterparts.

Tyler Anderson (76) helped Knowle total 214 which appeared well within reach for Winterbourne at 204-5. But a flurry of wickets – including two in the final over for Ant Hardwell (3-28) – took the match to the final ball which Charlie Bowen hit for a single to bank the points.

Bishopston 2nds, meanwhile, held off closest rivals Failand & Portbury by one run with a ball to spare to remain top of Division Three, Prithvi Ramesh (4-19) and Dan McCudden (4-20, both from eight) starring before George Britton claimed the crucial final wicket.

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