Week 17 Bristol & District League round-up

SHAHWAIZ Hassan top scored with 84 (eight fours, five sixes) for Bristol Pakistanis who eased past title rivals Clevedon 2nds by 55 runs in Division One of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

These two sides began the day level on points. And victory means Bristol Pakistanis are now in pole position for the championship with one more round of matches to go.

The home side were restricted to 221 and it proved to be more than enough as Clevedon finished well short, Bilal Ali taking 4-27.

At the other end of the table, Shirehampton still have a chance of avoiding the drop following a nine-run victory away to Downend 2nds where Freddie Wright (78) and Danny Conway (59) shared a second wicket stand of 104 and skipper John Stilwell took 4-15.

Bristol West Indian Phoenix and Frenchay, who are both promoted from the Senior Division back to WEPL, completed wins on the penultimate weekend of league action.

BWIP defeated Claverham by 13 runs, Rishabh Yadav (66) and Babar Pervaiz (4-26) starring, while Praful Waghela’s third century in four league innings helped Frenchay to a 91-run defeat of Keynsham 2nds.

It’s still two from three for promotion at the top of Division Three where Backwell Flax Bourton, leaders at the start of the day, suffered a 67-run reverse against Golden Hill 2nds who jumped from third to second, John Colley contributing 49.

Bitton grabbed the chance to leapfrog into pole position courtesy of a 97-run home success over Twyford House 2nds, George Wilshire top scoring on 75.

Bitton complete their campaign with a visit to relegated Blagdon, Golden Hill host Frampton Cotterell and Backwell Flax have a derby trip to Bedminster 3rds.

Winterbourne slipped to ninth following a three-wicket reverse away to neighbours Frampton, Sam Coleman bagging 4-25.

Unbeaten half centuries from captain Giles Smith and Max Curtis lifted Old Down to a ten-wicket crushing of Congresbury 2nds which ensured promotion from Division Four.

And Bristol Sri Lankans guaranteed themselves a top two finish in Division Five with a 108-run home defeat of Pucklechurch, Dilshan Wijayakumar reaching a third successive unbeaten century.

His 109 off just 66 (14 fours, four fours) followed last week’s 164 against Hanham and 170 the previous weekend against Bristol Pakistanis 2nds.

Bristol Eagles (pictured above) are confirmed as Division Eight champions thanks to an eight-wicket home win over nearest rivals Bristol New Eleven, Ankit Sharma grabbing 6-25 before opener Aravid Sundar produced an unbeaten 59.

All promotions and relegations throughout this 17-division league are due to be confirmed soon after the end of the season.

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