Week 16 Bristol & District review

BEDMINSTER 2nds (pictured) lifted the Senior Division title in the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League – and clinched promotion to WEPL – after easing past their Clevedon counterparts at the Clanage by 178 runs.

Harry Drissell’s maiden century – an unbeaten 152 off 118 (ten fours, ten sixes) – powered the Bristol side to 311-8, James Carter enjoying himself too with 56 off only 26.

In reply, Clevedon then faded from 101-3 to 133 all out as captain Alex Tryfonos made inroads with a spell of 5-6 from just 16 balls to kick start celebrations with two weeks to spare.

The second promotion place continues to be fought out between Bradley Stoke and Frenchay.

Bradley Stoke’s trip to Claverham was called off because of covid-related reasons while Frenchay lost by 41 runs away to relegation-battling Coalpit Heath.

Dafydd Nicholas’ 37 and an unbeaten 28 from Jack Williams helped Coalpit Heath reach 123, captain Eddie Williams finishing with 4-22 from his nine.

Linus Haigh then gave the home side the perfect start with the ball, dismissing both Frenchay openers, before home skipper Pete Lamb ripped through the innings with a haul of 5-24.

Shirehampton, who have been propping up the table since the start of June, kept their lingering survival hopes alive with a 42-run home success over Timsbury.

Winterbourne 2nds, meanwhile, have one hand on the Division One trophy after easing past their Brislington counterparts by nine wickets.

Kieran Slade (4-5) and Jamie Studley (3-26) combined to dismiss Bris for 107 ahead of the visitors romping to a comfortable win.

Second-placed Bristol Pakistanis defeated Bath 3rds by 40 runs, Rizwan Hussain top scoring on 55, while Hanham kept up their challenge with a seven-wicket win at Chew Magna, captain Rueben Shehan taking charge with 105.

In Division Two, strugglers Bishopston 2nds saw off Bohemians by six wickets, Gary Booth contributing an unbeaten 53.

Division Three leaders Pakistai Express completed a five-wicket win at Twyford House 2nds, Shahbaz Rehman capturing 5-26 and Shahwaiz Hassan smashing 77 off 62.

Leaders Golden Hill 2nds were six-wicket home winners over nearest rivals Old Down in Division Four, Andy Parkinson taking 5-25, while Winterbourne 3rds kept their promotion hopes alive with a 46-run success at Long Ashton.

It’s all change at the top of Division Six where Pucklechurch, leaders at the start of the day, slipped up against third-placed Bristol Sri Lankans.

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