Frenchay sneak past 'wide-boys' in the final over
FRENCHAY were pushed all the way by underdogs Bradley Stoke before securing a last-over four-wicket win to reach the third round of the Bristol & District Knock Out Cup.
Opener Lewis Wentland's 57 and a late, aggressive unbeaten 32 by Bhushan Mankar helped the home side reach a useful 130-5 after losing the toss, with Alex Stell bagging 2-26.
Frenchay had to work hard to squeeze in with three balls to spare. Skipper Mike Donaldson's unbeaten 23 saw his side through, although Stoke were left to rue bowling 26 wides as Extras top-scored on 30.
Downend edged past Timsbury by 12 runs. The Filer brothers – Dave (3-6 from four overs) and Gary (3-16 from five) – combined to restrict the WEPL Premier Division outfit to 109 all out, with Richard Pandya contributing a valuable 41.
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In reply, Timsbury were sensing an upset win at 53-1 before Don Deeble sparked a mid-order collapse with a return of 4-20 to peg the visitors back to 97 all out.
There were two surprise results – Bristol Asians turning the tables on Claverham by eight wickets, while Twyford House bowled out higher-league Clevedon for 94 ahead of securing a four-wicket triumph.
Gian Botha was a central figure in Old Bristolians Westbury's eight-wicket home win over Stapleton.
The all-rounder claimed 2-12 from five overs of seam as the visitors were bowled out for just 79, and then hit 39 as victory was secured with seven overs in hand.
Russ Baker earlier took 3-12 in two overs, while young off-spinner Jake Probert finished with 2-20. Olly Sharp top-scored on 24 for the visitors.
Winterbourne's Phil Purnell spun his way to 3-18 to restrict Congresbury to 102-7 before the in-form Jon Oakes top-scored with an unbeaten 46 to seal a nine-wicket success.
Results: Stapleton 79 Old Bristolians Westbury 80-2, University Staff 72 Hambrook 73-0, Bristol Lions 47 Thornbury 48-1, Hanham 82 (J Colley 5-21) YMCA 86-3 (W Butler 59), St Mary Redcliffe 71-7 Bedminster 72-1, Bradley Stoke 130-5 (L Wentland 57) Frenchay 133-6, Congresbury 102-7 Winterbourne 103-1, Claverham 98-5 Bristol Asians 99-2, Bristol 120-9 Lodway 83-7, Clevedon 94 Twyford House 95-6, Downend 109 Timsbury 99, Keynsham 157-2 (B Ward 62, M Bancroft 59) Bristol Sri Lankans 101-8.
Bishopston produced a fine team performance to secure a four-wicket win at Frocester in the first round of the Gloucestershire Cup.
Paceman Ryan Adams (3-14) helped peg back the Premier One side to 174, Lawrence Cook, Charith Rallage and Prevan Rajh taking two wickets apiece.
Gary Booth then top-scored with an unbeaten 53 and Joe Wenham contributed a patient 42 in a memorable win for the visitors over a side that had won the cup five seasons in a row from 2006-2010.
Bish will now be at home to Gloucester City Winget or Winterbourne.
Stapleton were handed a walkover against Frampton-on-Severn, who were unable to raise a side, and will be away to Almondsbury.
Quarter-final draw: Cheltenham v Knowle or Painswick, Bishopston v Gloucester City Winget or Winterbourne, Gloucester AIW or Hatherley & Reddings v YMCA or Gloucester Woodpeckers, Almondsbury v Stapleton.
Chew Magna are out of the Yorkshire Tea Village Cup.
After wet weather washed out play in their rearranged Somerset & Avon semi-final at Wembdon, the home side won the resulting bowl-out.
The Bateman Trophy begins on Wednesday with 11 preliminary-round clashes. Five clubs – Patchway, Hengrove, Abbots Leigh, Bristol Pakistanis and University Staff – have byes to the first round:
Bateman Trophy preliminary-round draw: Bitton v Gordano Valley, Bohemians v Woodpeckers, Old Down v Old Elizabethans, Coalpit Heath v Blagdon, Lodway v St George, Cleeve v Carsons Mangotsfield, Bradley Stoke v Bristol Lions, Taveners v St Mary Redcliffe, Phoenix West Indians v Whitchurch, Bristol Sri Lankans v Churchways, Stoke Gifford v United Banks.