Sage and Storey's big double act
SKIPPER Mark Sage and Doug Storey shared a second-wicket stand of 278 in a home 81-run defeat of Winterbourne as Timsbury went top of the Bristol & North Somerset division in the Globe Sports West of England Premier League.
Sage was out for 149 (18 fours, three sixes), while Storey was unbeaten on 110 (17 fours) in a club league record partnership as their side piled up 297-3 after losing the toss. Dave Andrews finished with 3-47. Winterbourne lost wickets at regular intervals with Steve Clothier (4-27) and Gary Filer (3-43) starring.
Twyford House are up to second thanks to their 104-run triumph at Stapleton. The visitors' total of 260-9 was based around opener Mark Fowler's 114 (18 fours), before brothers Josh (3-11 from seven) and Ross Sutton (2-20 from six) struck for Twyford, with veteran Mark Wilson (2-17) and Andy Nairn (2-28) impressing.
Claverham recorded a tense ten-run victory away over fellow strugglers Nailsea.
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South Africans JP van Aswegen (69) and Robbie Hoffeldt (73) shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 131, helping the visitors reach 225-5.
Hoffeldt's runs came off only 56 balls and included seven fours and two sixes before he produced a spell of 0-21 to help peg Nailsea back. Spinner Simon 'Bonus' Holmes bagged 2-27, with Dan Jenkins (3-39) and Lloyd Richardson (2-41) also keeping their nerve in a tight finish.
Stuart Castle batted 50 overs for his unbeaten 109 (155 balls, 12 fours, two sixes) to anchor Congresbury to 213-9 and what proved to be a 15-run victory at Frenchay. Next highest scorer for the visitors was Mick Edmunds (30), who then took 5-24, while Nick Doherty claimed 2-34, including the key wicket of Tyrone Isitt for 69.
In Bristol & Somerset, former Gloucestershire star Tim Hancock improved his average for the season to 142 with an unbeaten 85 as high-flying Clevedon overcame Midsomer Norton by six wickets.
Hancock has now scored 426 runs in four innings for his side, and on Saturday he also finished with 2-29 from ten overs of seam as Norton were restricted to 141, Jason Quick weighing in with 3-21.
Leaders Old Bristolians Westbury edged to a four-wicket home triumph over Bishopston.
Opener Mark Coombes (102) and Stuart Luff (47) dominated the visitors' challenge of 227-8. Gareth Griffiths finished with 4-36 from ten.
Opener Tom Parnell (79) and Gian Botha's quickfire 42 then helped the Failand outfit to their fourth win of the summer.
Richard Ollis (80) and Courtney Forrest (76) shared an opening stand of 152 for Brislington, who went on to secure a 73-run triumph at Knowle.
The Bris total of 338-4 also owed much to a remarkable unbeaten 71 from Jon Rogers, off only 27 balls (five fours, five sixes), before Knowle were pegged back by Neil Furlonger (3-50) and Leigh Iles (1-31) despite Jake Edmonds top-scoring with an unbeaten 89.
Bedminster enjoyed their trip down the M5 to Minehead, returning with a 54-run win.
Opener Sam Baird (60) dominated the visitors' 217 before former skipper James Carter (5-28) and Sam Knapp (3-32) bowled out Minehead for 163.
Toheed Hamid's 70 was in vain for Bristol West Indians, who are still searching for a first win after suffering a six-wicket home reverse against Taunton.