Week One Bristol & District review

GURSEWAK Baryah was in tremendous form with bat and then ball for Bristol West Indian Phoenix 3rds, compiling a century and then taking 4-0 off just 10 balls in a 135-run victory away to Hallen in Division 12 of the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

Baryah, who was dismissed for exactly 100, and captain Barry Gayle (67) dominated their side’s total of 291-6, Rich Shean returning 3-22.

And Baryah then brought the Hallen reply to a rapid conclusion with a deadly spell, Herman Vassell also taking 3-31 from eight.

There were three memorable performances as Bristol Pakistanis 2nds defeated Patchway by 133 runs in Division Six.

Mohammad Harris smashed 186 (21 fours, 12 sixes) and opener Amjad Mehmood was unbeaten on 139 (24 fours, one six) in a total of 372-2 after losing the toss.

And Patchway were then pegged back to 239-9 as Muhammad Shakil Ahmed took 5-57.

Bristol West Indian Phoenix, bidding to bounce straight back to WEPL after relegation last year, opened up with a six-wicket home Senior Division triumph against promoted Winterbourne 2s, openers Nicky Clark (76) and Raj Chudasama (52) both shining.

Stapleton, who also slipped down last summer, were five-wicket victors at Claverham, opener Ghulam Shabbir top scoring on 56, while Adarsh Appannagari (4-23) starred in Frenchay’s 80-run success at Pak Bristolians.

Opener Saqib Imran (106) put Bristol Pakistanis on course for a 131-run home hammering of Bath 3rd in Division One. And in Division Two, an opening partnership of 207 between captain Matt Wood (108 not) and Richard Boroughs (102) paved the way for Bishopston 2nds to defeat BWIP 2nds by 102 runs.

Amul Desai dominated for St Mary Redcliffe who romped in by nine wickets in Division Four, taking 5-42 from eight and following up with an unbeaten 79 from 62.

Veteran Steve Frankcom (110 not) and Simon Hedges (117) shared a second wicket stand of  218 for Pucklechurch 2nds, who trumped Knowle 4ths by 122 runs in Division 13.

Lahiru Perera crashed 138 off 108 balls (ten fours, nine sixes) for Bristol Sri Lankans who overcame Brislington 3rds by 132 runs in Division Five.

And skipper Josh Tiley was also in big-hitting form for Frenchay 3rds, thrashing 154 off 105 (21 fours, four sixes) in a 186-run home win against Winford Old Caths in Division Ten where Salu Kanakalil Thomas finished with 5-24 in Bristol New Eleven’s ten-wicket home hammering of Winterbourne 4ths.

Opener Olly Ralph’s unbeaten 109 could not save Downend 3rds from a six-wicket setback away to Lodway 2nds in Division Nine.

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