Week One Bristol & District League review

CHRIS Van Os was denied  a well deserved century on debut for Shirehampton, finishing unbeaten on 96 as he helped set up a 59-run win away to Bohemians in Division Two of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

The opener faced 112 balls and struck 10 fours and two sixes, propelling his side to a 35-over total of 190-2 ahead of Bohs being pegged back by Danny Conway (3-39).

Bishopston 2nds romped to a notable ten-wicket triumph away to Bath 3rds, chasing down a target of 203 without losing a wicket thanks to the efforts of James Taverner who struck 102 (81 balls, 13 fours, three sixes) and Chris Budd (51).

Liam Henderson’s 111 (retired) and a return of 3-35 proved to be in vain for Stapleton 3rds in Division Eight East as Carsons & Mangotsfield held their nerve to complete a one-wicket triumph.

Stapleton piled up 261-8 after losing the toss, but Carsons chipped away at their target – opener Tom Smurthwaite top scoring on 69 – before 25 was added for the final wicket by James Davis and James King.

Newcomers Bristol Mavericks dispatched Midsomer Norton 3rds by 261 runs in Division Nine East, Fawas Ryan compiling 101 (retired) while Nithin Bethur’s burst of 5-6 saw Bristol New Eleven 2nds romp in by nine wickets away to Frampton Cotterell 3rds.

Frenchay, aiming to bounce straight back to WEPL following relegation last year, opened their Senior Division account with a 48-run success at Bristol Pakistanis, Tom Bibby hitting 51 and Tyrone Isitt capturing 4-19.

And in Division One, there was a 99-run derby victory for Winterbourne 2nds at home to neighbours Hambrook, George Ford and Corey Kislingbury finishing with three wickets apiece.

One of the innings of the day came in Division Nine North where Neil Paget was last batter out for Hanham 3rds, bowled for 97.

His side were dismissed for 146 and a 115-run reverse away to Frenchay 4ths for whom Jack Evans had earlier struck 53 off 22.

Dave Wooton marked his debut for Chipping Sodbury 4ths with a fine return of 6-31 from eight as Bristol Malayalee were dismissed for 106, Sunil Gopalakrishnan carrying his bat for a crucial 60 in a 21-run victory.

Skipper George Amos, meanwhile, plundered 84 for Taveners who went on to edge Hampset 2nds by four runs in Division Seven East, Paul Jackson rolling back the years with figures of 4-39 from eight.

Chris Hull’s 83 could not save Patchway from a 29-run home setback against Whitchurch 2nds in Division Six where Rob Cullingford and Richard Greenwood bagged three wickets apiece to set up Dyrham & Hinton’s five-wicket home defeat of Thornbury 3rds.

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