Week Eight Bristol & District League round-up

BITTON produced a battling team effort to finally clinch their first win of the season,  trumping Bohemians by five wickets in Division Two of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

Bohs, who won the toss, were restricted to 211-7, Tom Ware top scoring on 51 and Ronak Rameshbhai smashing 45 off just 24 balls.

And Bitton then made a dreamt start with the bat, openers Lee Swindlehurst (64) and Mark Lucas (39) sharing a century partnership before Josh Wilshire sealed the spoils with an unbeaten 41.

Bitton stay bottom, but Almondsbury moved from ninth to eighth after a four-wicket home win against Bath 3rds, Craig Foreman capturing 5-31 from eight and Sam Robertson unbeaten on 54.

Senior Division leaders OB Westbury completed a 102-run home win against Claverham, Vedanta Gadia taking 5-36 from nine.

And Bradley Stoke remain second following a 29-run win away to Bristol Pakistanis where Dan Laver led the charge with a haul of 5-47.

Opener Steve Sykes produced one of the knocks of the day in Division 10 with an unbeaten 162 from 144 (25 fours) for Carsons & Mangotsfield 2nds who overcame their Cleeve counterparts by 96 runs.

Skipper Barry Gayle again led from the front with his third century of the summer, finishing on 148 for Bristol West Indian Phoenix 3rds who overcame OB Westbury 4ths by 157 runs in Division 12.

Gayle has now reached 556 runs this year while Stoke Bishop opener Gordon Leeks also went through the 500-barrier with 51 for the Division Ten leaders who defeated Nailsea by 40 runs, Pete Abel taking 3-35.

There were two fine bowling performances, meanwhile, for Bristol Sri Lankans.

Dilshan Dhanushka took 6-14 for the first XI who dismissed Timsbury 2nds for just 36 and a 109-run away win in Division Five.

And the club’s second string romped past Frampton Cotterell 3rds in Division 15 by 157 runs as Sanal Kumar Vishnu Gupth claimed 5-13 from five after earlier hitting 50.

Jack Carrington, meanwhile, finished with figures of 5-23 from eight, which included a hat-trick and four wickets in one over, as Coalpit Heath 2nds skittled their Almondsbury counterparts for 88 ahead of sealing a seven-wicket win in Division Seven.

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