Week 5 Bristol & District review

GAGAN Singh smashed 19 sixes and 20 fours on his way to an unbeaten 222 off 130 for Bristol New Eleven, losing a handful of balls in the process and also denting a car, to pave the way for a 104-run victory away to Wrington in Division Nine of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League.

The 37-year-old strode out to the middle with his side in a bit of trouble at 18-2 so was careful to play himself in before really taking the attack to Wrington.

The next highest scorer in his side’s total of 318-4 was extras on 36 before Wrington managed 214-8 in reply, Steve Bright unbeaten on 63.

The bowling figures of the day came in Division One where Jack Alway’s superb return of 7-18 from six skittled Brislington 2nds for 29 and completed a 109-run home victory for Hanham.

George Ford (110 not) and Chris Kay compiled 220 for the opening wicket for Winterbourne 2nds who eased past Whitchurch by 110 runs while Tobias Rice took 6-22 from seven in vain for Lodway who suffered a four-wicket reverse at Knowle 2nds.

Matt Croker carried his bat for 59 off 94 for Claverham who battled their way to a challenge of 148 away to leaders Frenchay in the Senior Division.

And that effort was rewarded as his side then bowled out the home side for 108.

Pak Bristolians were dismissed for 101 at home to Bradley Stoke for whom skipper Ash Baber claimed 4-14 after Dan Peters weighed in with 4-29.

But Bilal Butt then struck, cleaning up the visitors’ top order with a superb return of 5-30, paving the way for his side’s second success of the summer.

Ben Cunliffe (4-24 from eight) struck as Shirehampton were restricted to 101 away to Bedminster 2nds before father Rob, the former Gloucestershire star, hit an unbeaten 55 to ensure a ten-wicket triumph.

Shahbaz Hussain was excellent with bat and then ball for Bradley Stoke 4ths at Alveston 2nds in Division 14, top scoring on 48 and claiming 6-9 from six in a 64-run triumph.

Krish Manesh’s haul of 6-23 from eight was crucial to Golden Hill 3rds’ 48-run home defeat of Bristol Eagles in Division Nine where Shahzeb Akbar’s figures of 6-31 from 7.5 proved to be in vain for Bohemians 2nds who succumbed by 27 runs away to Portishead 2nds.

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