Week 15 Bristol & District League review

DAN Laver again impressed with bat and then ball for Bradley Stoke who edged OB Westbury by 16 runs to leapfrog their rivals and return to the top of the Senior Division in the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

OB Westbury began the day with a four-point advantage in the race for the championship silverware, but ended it six behind with three rounds of games to go.

Laver, player of the match last weekend when his side secured the Tony Hitch Cup, top scored with 32 in a total of 138.

And Laver followed up with figures of 3-24 from five as OB Westbury slipped from 82-1 to 125 all out chasing a rain-reduced target, Ben Rivers (2-12) and Shriranj Praveen (2-22) also playing their part.

Three sides appear set to be promoted this season, and third-placed Stapleton improved their chances of a return to WEPL with a 20-run victory away to Bristol Pakistanis, in fourth.

Babar Pervaiz and Noveed Mahmood both struck 47 in Stapleton’s 20-over total of 152-4, and the pair then took 3-15 and 3-26, respectively, to secure the points.

Golden Hill 2nds, the leaders of Division Two, overcame Shirehampton by 84 runs, but second-placed Hambrook slipped up by 51 runs away to Bristol West Indian Phoenix 2nds for whom Shawn Bennett (50 not) and Ricardo Thompson (4-11) took centre stage  in a 22-over contest.

Ben Herridge was bowled for 99 as Division Three leaders Bishopston 2nds went down by two wickets against Chew Magna.

Captain Chris Ledbury (56) and Ed Chidgey (29) lifted Stapleton 2nds to a ten-wicket home Division Five win against Brislington 3rds.

And there was a terrific nine-wicket home victory for leaders Bristol Sri Lankans against Bristol Aces, Shehan Somaratne unbeaten on 101 as a target of 180 was achieved in less than 20 overs.

Bristol United Banks moved a step closer towards the Division Six title with a two-wicket home triumph against Bristol Pakistanis 2nds, opener Qamar Waraich unbeaten on 66.

Vipendeep Singh (68) and Champ Kadaba (58 not) shone for Division Seven leaders Bristol Eagles who, fresh from their Bateman Trophy triumph, overcame Almondsbury 2nds by 83 runs to move closer to the title.

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