Week 13 Bristol & District round-up

BRADLEY Stoke cruised to an eight-wicket win at Frenchay to leapfrog their rivals and move up to second place in the Senior Division of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League with five rounds of matches remaining in the battle to be promoted to WEPL.

Frenchay, who won the toss, were dismissed for only 120 as Marcus Thatcher, Owen Onslow, Ben Rivers and captain Ash Baber claimed two wickets apiece.

Opener James Fletcher (49) and Joe Coles (38) then ensured a comfortable victory with an unbroken stand of 76.

Bradley Stoke moved 14 points clear of Frenchay and are 40 behind leaders Bedminster 2nds who eased past Coalpit Heath by seven wickets.

Division One pacesetters Winterbourne 2nds were five-wicket home victors against Lodway, Lewis Ford being agonisingly run out for 99.

Knowle 2nds, who were second at the start of the day, suffered a 34-run reverse away to Bristol Pakistanis for whom Rizwan Hussain (50) and Saqib Imran (46 not) found form.

Backwell Flax Bourton, fighting to stay in Division Two, held on for an important seven-run victory away to relegation rivals Bishopston 2nds, Girija Prasad top scoring on 47.

Pakistani Express, who lead Division Three, held their nerve for a ten-run home win against lowly Blagdon, Junaid Khan, Shahid Malik and Sohail Ahmad taking two wickets apiece.

Opener Josh Stevenson crashed 119 off 115 balls (16 fours, two sixes) for Division Six leaders Pucklechurch who overcame Patchway by 50 runs.

Steve Frankcom also added an unbeaten 52 for Puckle before Jamie Anstey (3-50) led the charge with the ball.

Gagan Singh, the leading run scorer in this season’s league, smoked an unbeaten 154 for Bristol New Eleven away to Portishead 2nds in a 30-over contest in Division Nine.

The opener’s fourth league century of the summer came off 112 balls and featured 14 fours and eight sixes, totally dominating his side’s challenge of 215-6.

In reply, Portishead were restricted to 174-4, Simon Garrett dismissed for 51.

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