Chew Magna celebrate a season to remember with a final flourish
SENIOR Division champions Chew Magna wrapped up a season to remember with a four-wicket home defeat of Dyrham & Hinton in the Globe Sports Bristol & District League.
Ken Mondair (5-41) helped restrict Dyrham to 133 all out after superb opening spells from Nick Bedell (1-17) and Sean Hosier (1-18, both from 12) before Mike Denning (38) and Dave Blower (38 not out) wrapped up win number ten for the summer.
Twelve months ago, Chew won four of their last five outings to wriggle clear of relegation trouble, and are now contemplating promotion to the West of England Premier League, subject to formal approval later this week.
Skipper Pete Solomon said: "We've got a group of 14 blokes here who want to play for one another and it's an absolute pleasure to be captain. It's nice to play at such a picturesque ground and for a club where everyone is so committed and pulling together.
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"Some great players have come into the squad, but the really big difference this year has been our fielding; our catching is 100 per cent better and we're consistently saving 20 to 30 runs each game."
At the other end of the table, Bristol Asians pulled out of the drop zone thanks to a crushing nine-wicket success at Hanham, who were bowled out for only 37.
And that maximum point victory spelt trouble for Hambrook who slipped by nine wickets at Portishead and go down to Division One, suffering a second successive relegation.
Failand and Portbury are also coming to terms with demotion after an 11-run reverse at home to Pak Bristolians. Opener Shazil Mustafa (103, 13 fours, three sixes) and Imran Butt (74) led the visitors to 259-5. And Failand then came up just short despite the efforts of Ed Humphreys, who grafted his way to 87, Tanzeem claiming 3-39 from 11.
Almondsbury wrapped up second place with an eight-run home defeat of YMCA, Aaron Jones hitting 64.
Coming up from Division One are Bradley Stoke, who overcame Whitchurch by 74 runs, and Bitton, who were washed out at Coalpit Heath.
Bhushan Mankar (75 not out) and skipper Dan Peachey (51) top-scored for Stoke.
Adam Barber's unbeaten 122 propelled Stoke Bishop to a ten-wicket humbling of Phoenix West Indians (178-8). And that result helped Stoke leapfrog Hampset who are relegated after a two-wicket home reverse against Bristol Pakistanis despite tremendous performances from Jon Solly (95) and Josh Self (5-29).
In Division Two, Bristol Indians secured the second promotion slot behind champions Cleeve thanks to an 82-run victory away to nearest rivals Bristol Sri Lankans.
The visitors totalled 216 and then restricted the Sri Lankans to 134. Cleeve ended on a losing note, being dismissed for 103 at Blagdon who eased in by three wickets.
Relegated University Staff were 104-run victors at Lodway, while St Mary Redcliffe, who also drop to Division Two, slipped by 18 runs at Woodpeckers.
Jason Parsons smashed 112 and Tom Gooding 53 as Lympsham piled up 240-7 at home to St George who were then rumbled for 126, John Glanville hitting 51.