Week Four Bristol & District League round-up

LAHIRU Perera and Dilshan Dhanushka shared a second wicket stand of 341 for Bristol Sri Lankans who went on to blitz Hanham 2nds by 235 runs in Division Five of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

Home side Hanham won the toss and bagged an early wicket before the batters took charge in emphatic style.

Opener Perera (pictured left) was eventually out for 170 off just 119 balls (21 fours, five sixes) while Dhanushka ended the innings unbeaten on 162 from just 101 (12 fours, 11 sixes) in a total of 376-2 from 40 overs.

In reply, Hanham subsided to 141 all out and a heavy defeat as off-spinner Benura Umanga took 5-20 to help his side complete their third win in a row to stay clear at the top.

Pucklechurch also cashed in on excellent batting conditions to reach 379-3 at home to Bath 4ths.

Captain Ryan Watts, who lost the toss, hit a tremendous 155 from 104 (21 fours, six sixes) and shared a second wicket stand of 198 with Dave Bartlett who was unbeaten 124 off 83 (22 fours).

Bath, in reply, reached 227-9, captain Dave Tippett top scoring on 88  as Stevenson captured 3-27 and Lewis Cole 3-30.

In Division Four, captain Char Haywood top scored on 151 from 102 (23 fours, two sixes) for Long Ashton who were 151-run winners at Barrow Gurney.

Barry Gayle continued his fantastic start to the season for Bristol West Indian Phoenix 3rds with 144 from 117 (19 fours, five sixes) in a 69-run triumph away to Frampton Cotterell 2nds in Division 12.

Gayle, who cracked 133 last week, put on 196 for the second wicket with Gursewak Baryah (77) while opener Martyn Tozer responded with an unbeaten 96 off 110 for Frampton.

On a day made for batting, opener Yashwin was in explosive form for Bristol Eagles, reaching 143 off only 69 (14 fours, ten sixes) for Bristol Eagles who thumped Claverham 2nds by 210 runs in Division Seven.

And Charles Clarke’s 125 paved the way for a 122-run success for University Staff at St Mary Redcliffe in Division Four.

Promoted Bristol Pakistanis are in pole position in the Senior Division after inflicting a 202-run defeat on Clevedon 2nds.

Opener Shayan Irfan’s 86 lifted the visitors to a challenge of 283-9 before Shoaib Ahmed (4-21) and captain Urfan Malik (3-15) teamed up to bowl out Clevedon for just 81.

OB Westbury, who started the day top of the table, lost by ten runs at home to Hanham for whom opener Rob Knight hit 93 and followed up with fine figures of 4-32.

Ben Rivers, meanwhile, enjoyed an excellent afternoon with the ball for Bradley Stoke with a haul of 5-18, setting up a five-wicket triumph at Coalpit Heath.

And clubmate Rishi Iyer finished with 5-19 from eight for the 5ths but could not prevent a two-wicket home reverse against Golden Hill 7ths in Division 15.

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