Week Eight Bristol & District League review

MARK Williams crashed 16 fours and 16 sixes in a remarkable 187 for Old Down 2nds at home to Old Park in Division 12 of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

Coming in at number four, Williams totally dominated the innings with opener Andy Aitken the next highest scorer on 33 in a 40-over total of 358-8.

Russ Knight (3-17 from eight) then put the heat on Old Park who struggled in reply to 126-9.

One of the bowling performances of the afternoon came in Division Seven with Om Reddy taking 6-40 from eight for Thornbury 3rds who overcame their Bishopston counterparts by 129 runs.

David Hammond (101) earlier top scored on 101 for Thornbury with Mike Mosses adding 62.

Bristol West Indian Phoenix, who started the day with an unbeaten record at the top of the Senior Division, lost by one wicket with two balls to go at Claverham.

The day began well for the visitors who reached 137-1 thanks to opener Rushabh Yadav (57) and captain Cole Pierre (44) before the innings fell away to 199 all out.

In reply, Dom Hooper defied Mahin Omar (5-35) to keep Claverham in the hunt with a patient 73 off 116 before he was ninth man out with 27 needed. But the home side still managed to prevail.

Frenchay made the most of this result to go top following a nine-wicket defeat of Keynsham 2nds, Ben Helps taking 4-19 and Praful Waghela unbeaten on 51.

Clevedon 2nds defeated Bristol Pakistanis by 53 runs to leapfrog their rivals and go top of Division One.

Cameron Perry (4-28) paved the way for leaders Hambrook to complete a two-wicket success in Division Two away to Bristol West Indian Phoenix 2nds.

And in Division Three, Joe Fletcher’s unbeaten 126 off 91 (15 fours, seven sixes) ensured leaders Bitton rolled on with an eight-wicket victory at Twyford House 2nds.

In Division 12, opener Suby Eapen retired on 146 for Bristol Malayalee who romped past Bedminster 5ths by 216 runs.

SHIREHAMPTON will be home on Wednesday to Stapleton in the quarter-finals of the Tony Hitch Cup. Lodway host Bristol West Indian Phoenix, Almondsbury welcome Knowle 2nds and Pak Bristolians travel to Clevedon 2nds.

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