Week Seven Bristol & District League review

THE first century of Harry Abel’s career helped put unbeaten Stoke Bishop on course for a 79-run victory away to Long Ashton 2nds in the Martin Berrill Sports Bristol & District League.

The 23-year-old all-rounder cracked an unbeaten 131 off 82 (17 fours, two sixes) in a total of 269-4, and Long Ashton were then restricted to 190-7 in this Division Seven West clash.

Abel began his career at Stoke Bishop in the under-9s and was one of eight youth team products in the winning line-up at Long Ashton.

Also seven from seven are Frenchay who completed a seven-wicket home victory over neighbours Winterbourne in the Senior Division.

Frenchay started the day in top spot with Winterbourne second. And the gap between the two, who were both relegated last year from WEPL, widened as Frenchay eased to the points.

Harangaddeep Singh starred with the ball for the home side, taking 5-27 from eight as Winterbourne wilted from 66-2 to 112 all out.

And Frenchay banked the points with Madu Ravichandrakumar unbeaten on 50 from 48.

Bristol West Indian Phoenix 2nds overtook Shirehampton to go top of Division Two after defeating their rivals by one wicket in an exciting head to head at the Rose Green Centre.

Chris Van Os (70) and Aiden Kee (59) shared an opening stand of 124 for Shire who totalled 212-6.

And BWIP reached the target with three balls in hand thanks to the efforts of Shawn Bennett (44) and captain Haroon Naseer (43) before last wicket pair Ricardo Robinson and Rahin Saidul edged their side over the line.

In Division Six Dave Ingram grabbed 6-42 from eight for Golden Hill 3rds who trumped their Brislington counterparts by 137 runs.

Earlier, opener Hugo Highnams just missed a century when he was bowled for 99 in Golden Hill’s total of 260-6.

Vineth Raghavan did make it to three figures, finishing unbeaten on 102 from just 63 (15 fours, three sixes) as Bristol New Eleven chased down a target of 148 away to Almondsbury 2nds.

That success extended the visitors’ 100 per cent run to seven outings at the top of Division Seven North, Chacko Varghese earlier finishing with 3-36 from eight.

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