Week Five Bristol & District League round-up

TWO Bristol New Eleven bowlers from different teams both finished with figures of 5-7 in convincing wins in the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

Salu Kanakalil Thomas shone as Alveston were bowled out for 105 ahead of the first XI cruising in by eight wickets in Division Seven North.

And New Eleven’s 2nd XI were 192-run victors away to Timsbury 3rds in Division Nine East thanks mainly to Manoj Varghese’s terrific spell after his side had piled up 265-8, Bijo John top scoring on 71.

Frenchay, meanwhile, were comfortable home winners in the top-of-the-table Senior Division meeting with Coalpit Heath.

The match was reduced to a 26 overs per side contest because of a long delay in play after a serious injury suffered by Heath fielder Sam Robertson, who dislocated his shoulder diving to make a stop.

He laid prone on the outfield, unable to be moved, for almost two hours before an ambulance arrived, and there was a further delay as a second ambulance had to be called before Robertson could be moved off the outfield and taken to hospital.

Tea was taken early. And when play finally resumed, Frenchay immediately took the game by the scruff of the neck, taking the score from 40-2 after 11.5 overs to an imposing 215-4 thanks mainly to Ravi Madushan who crashed 128 off only 67 (20 fours, four sixes).

Duckworth Lewis calculations meant Heath were then set a victory target of 224 and, understandably in the circumstances, the distracted visitors were reduced to 94 all out and a 129-run reverse, Tyrone Isitt taking 4-13 from six.

Winterbourne made it three in a row with a ten-wicket hammering of Downend 2nds, Nabeel Ahmad thumping an unbeaten 64.

Pak Bristolians saw off Bristol Pakistanis by six wickets, and Hanham edged Whitchurch by one wicket.

Skipper Ash Bonynge-Pearce starred with a return of 5-23 from six for Golden Hill 2nds who dispatched Hambrook by 160 runs in Division One, Ethan Moss earlier top scoring on 54.

One of the bowling displays of the day came in Division Four where Tom Gerrard finished with 6-25 from 5.4 to ensure University Staff emerged 91-run victors away to Bedminster 3rds.

Kieran Gallagher reached 113 not out off 97 (14 fours, one six) for Carsons Mangotsfield who chased down a target of 184 away to Congresbury 2nds in Division Five for a seven wicket success.

Carsons 2nds, though, lost by 127 runs at home to Bristol Asians in Division Eight East, San Ullah crashing 121 (13 fours, four sixes) before Imran Hussain followed up with 6-18 from seven, supported by Mohammed Arshad (3-30 from eight).

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