Week 16 Bristol & District League round-up

BRISTOL West Indian Phoenix and Frenchay are heading back to WEPL after both sides confirmed promotion from the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League with comfortable Senior Division victories.

Leaders BWIP overcame Coalpit Heath by 83 runs while Frenchay trumped Timsbury by six wickets to ensure the division’s leading two sides cannot be caught with two rounds of games remaining although the title is still up for grabs with BWIP one point ahead of their rivals.

Dylan Young (57) and Rushabh Yadav (50) top scored as BWIP totalled 239-7 at Coalpit Heath who finished well short, Yash Patel taking 3-31. And skipper Alex Stell (4-30) and opener Mike Donaldson (55) were central to Frenchay defeating Timsbury.

Stapleton are favourites to finish third after completing a one-run win away to Keynsham 2nds, Ghulam Shabbir capturing 3-5 from eight overs.

Division One leaders Clevedon 2nds suffered a seven-wicket defeat at Hampset and are now on the same number of points as Bristol Pakistanis who saw off Whitchurch by 83 runs.

Opener Malik Haroon and Azeem Malik hit half centuries and captain Urfan Malik took 4-17 from eight to foil Mark Shields (74).

In Division Two, third-paced Almondsbury remain in the chase for promotion following a seven-wicket victory away to Chew Magna, opener Dan Dunt hitting 71.

The top two in Division Three both lost. Leaders Backwell Flax Bourton went down by six wickets at OB Westbury 2nds while Bitton slipped up by 161 runs away to Golden Hill 2nds for whom Andy Parkinson hit 109.

Wayne Passmore and Ash Baber both bagged three wickets for Division Four leaders Bradley Stoke 2nds in a 35-run victory away to Bath 4ths, while Old Down also remain in the promotion race after a seven-wicket success away to Stapleton 2nds, captain Giles Smith unbeaten on  82.

One of the innings of the day came in Division Five where Dilshan Wijayakumar smashed an unbeaten 164 from 97 (18 fours, eight sixes) to put leaders Bristol Sri Lankans on course for a 218-run home defeat of Hanham 2nds.

Dnyanesh Karmarkar bagged 3-18 for Bristol Aces who sealed the Division Six championship with a four-wicket victory away to Patchway.

And Archie Newton’s unbeaten 103 off only 54 (11 fours, six sixes) lifted leaders Golden Hill 3rds to a nine-wicket triumph away to Bitton 2nds, ensuring promotion although the title is still up for grabs as closest rivals Bristol United Banks crushed Coalpit Heath 2nds by nine wickets.

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