Week 15 Bristol & District League review

BRISTOL United Banks chased down a target of 211 without losing a wicket for a stand-out victory over Hampset in Division Seven of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

Dharmendra Singh (2-28 from eight) and Amir Mohammed (2-38 from seven) helped restrict Hampset to 210-6 after the Bath side won the toss. But the total proved well within range for Banks as Craig Smith (127) and Dan Lockwood (67) needed only 29 overs to get their side over the line.

Banks and Golden Hill 3rds, who saw off Stanton Drew by eight wickets, are now level on points at the top of the table.

Bristol Pakistanis closed the gap on Division One leaders Clevedon to 14 points with a 40-run home triumph over third-placed Lansdown 2nds, Shahwaiz Hassan crashing one of the fastest centuries of the summer before being caught for 102 off 61 (ten fours, eight sixes).

Bristol West Indian Phoenix and Frenchay, meanwhile, are all but promoted from the Senior Division to WEPL with three more rounds of games to go.

BWIP had to show plenty of character for a two-wicket home victory over neighbours Pak Bristolians, Yash Patel taking 4-33 from nine.

And there was a derby victory also for Frenchay who crushed Stapleton by 194 runs, Praful Waghela hitting his second successive century and third of the campaign.

The opener was eventually out for 142 off 106 (24 fours, two sixes) while Richard Pannell also enjoyed the short boundaries with an unbeaten 78 from 43 (14 fours, two sixes) in an imposing total of 361-5. Ben Helps (4-13) and captain Alex Stell (3-44) then led the charge with the ball.

Almondsbury dropped from second to fourth in Division Two following an eight-wicket home reverse against Brislington 2nds who are now third. And Portishead are second after a five-wicket home triumph over Bishopston 2nds, Mike Hooper and Dave Peel taking three wickets apiece.

Winterbourne 3rds moved off the bottom of Division Three following a 62-run win away to leaders Bitton who slipped to second, allowing Backwell Flax Bourton to grab pole position courtesy of a seven-wicket home victory against struggling Blagdon.

Openers Ashish George (63) and Aswin Jose (54) guided Division Six leaders Bristol Aces to an eight-wicket home defeat of bottom side Almondsbury 2nds.

And in Division Seven, captain Aravind Sundar’s 105 was a highlight of leaders Bristol Eagles’ two-run home defeat of Bedminster 4ths.

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