Week 18 Bristol & District League round-up

FRENCHAY clinched the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League title after dispatching Coalpit Heath by seven wickets, skipper Alex Stell leading from the front with a return of 5-21 from 7.4 overs.

Those figures, plus support from Paul Burgess (4-8 from six), restricted Heath to 116 all out before Praful Waghela (51 not) completed the win that ensured they could not be overtaken by Bristol West Indian Phoenix who were five-wicket winners at Hanham.

Babar Pervais (4-25) and Yash Patel (3-23) dismissed the home side for 105 before captain Cole Pierre (45) and Sam Baber (40) took charge with the bat.

Bristol Pakistanis are Division One champions after thumping Hampset by 91 runs.

Azeem Malik (83), Shahwaiz Hassan (82) and Rizwan Hussain (61) top scored in a total of 289-7 before three wickets apiece from captain Urfan Malik and Shoaib Ahmed ensured a comfortable win.

Bitton are Division Three champions following a 76-run victory away to relegated Blagdon where George Wilshire top scored with 103 off 100 (15 fours) and brother and captain Josh took 4-52.

Golden Hill 2nds finished second following a 249-run home hammering of Frampton Cotterell, opener Theo Parrett cracking 146 off 95 (25 fours, three sixes).

And this result meant Backell Flax Bourton finished just five points behind despite a 21-run success away to Bedminster 3rds where Tom Phillips top scored on 128 from 119 (19 fours, two sixes) and Sam Stokes captured 4-52.

At the other end of the table, Failand & Portbury ensured they finished out of the bottom two with a hard-earned two-wicket triumph day to fellow strugglers Winterbourne 3rds.

Nathan Sanders (90) top scored in Winterbourne’s total of 217 before Jamie Williams (60) and captain Mike Stuart (54) led the victory charge for the visitors, Ted Billing contributing a crucial unbeaten 40.

George Williams enjoyed a fine day as Old Down overcame University Staff by 104 runs to be promoted as champions of Division Four.

After compiling an unbeaten 100 off 89 (14 fours) and sharing a second wicket stand of 171 with captain Giles Smith (96), the all-rounder followed up with a return of 4-35 from eight.

Frenchay 2nds took advantage of a slip up by leaders Bristol Sri Lankans to become Division Five champions.

Ben Pine (46) top scored as Frenchay emerged seven-wicket victors at home to Hanham while the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 83 and a 137-run reverse at Abbots Leigh for whom opener Ed Markey hit 103.

The most thrilling title finish came at the BAWA ground where Bristol United Banks defeated nearest rivals Golden Hill by one wicket off the final ball to become Division Seven champions.

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