KAVISAN Appuhamy finished with memorable figures of 9-20 from 7.5 overs, including the hat-trick, as Bristol Lions cruised past Carsons & Mangotsfield by 91 runs to stay second in Division Six of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.
The Lions, who lost the toss, battled to an all out total of 173 thanks mainly to Nuwan Dharshana’s 84 from 88 (10 fours, four sixes) as Craig Woodland and Max Buckingham both took three wickets.
The visitors then made a steady start before Appuhamy came into the attack with immediate effect, accounting for both openers as he started to run through the card.
He had the chance of all ten until Kasun Madhusanka claimed the ninth wicket to fall. But Appuhamy, a business management student at UWE, had the final word to seal his side’s fifth victory from six outings.
Bristol Aces stay top after a high scoring 31-run win away to Almondsbury 2nds which featured two fine batting displays. Opener Arun Nair cracked 155 from 110 balls (15 fours, six sixes) to dominate a 40-over total of 314-6 for the Aces.
Almondsbury were in the hunt for a long while thanks mainly to Jason Phillips who smashed 147 off only 73 (21 fours, seven sixes) before he was seventh man out.
Opener Talhah Butt was also in explosive form for Bristol Asians, thumping 139 off 110 (13 fours, nine sixes) to set up an 85-run win away to Golden Hill 4ths in Division Nine.
Senior Division leaders Bristol West Indian Phoenix made it six in a row with a 112-run victory away to local rivals Pak Bristolians. Opener Raj Chudasama (60) and captain Cole Pierre (54) lifted the visitors to 269-7 before Pak Bristolians struggled against Jack Baber (3-18 from eight) and Yash Patel (3-28 from nine).
Frenchay edged another local derby, holding off Stapleton by nine runs to stay second. Mike Donaldson and Eddie Williams both hit 46 before both fell to visiting skipper Ash Birkinshaw while Stapleton then came up short as Chare Smith (3-50), Williams (2-20) and Paul Burgess (2-31) turned the screw.
Division One leaders Bristol Pakistanis extended their 100 per cent record with a seven-wicket triumph away to nearest rivals Lansdown 2nds, Malik Haroon unbeaten on 79.
Bitton, the Division Three leaders, made it six from six with a four-wicket success away to Winterbourne 3rds, George Wilshire top scoring on 47.
WHITCHURCH’S 100th anniversary celebrations continue on Thursday (1pm) with a match against a Bristol & District Representative XI captained by James Carter, of Bedminster.