Stapleton edge tight encounter at Almondsbury
STAPLETON are through to the semi-finals of the Gloucestershire Cup thanks to a battling two-wicket victory at Almondsbury.
The home side, who lost the toss, reached 156-9 off 45 overs, skipper Andy Parkinson (37) and Gary Goodwin (35) top-scoring as Danny Chard led the Stapleton attack with a return of 3-13 from nine.
The visitors then lost wickets at regular intervals, but thanks to Chris Phillips (29), veteran Neil Simmons (23) and Millard (29 not out), secured victory with almost five overs in hand.
Ben Jefferies (42 not out) along with skipper Martin Peters (4-12) and Kevin England (3-18) were key figures in Whitchurch's 33-run win away to Bristol Bangladeshis in the quarter-finals of the North Somerset's Butcombe Twenty/20 Cup.
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Whitchurch battled to 97-8 with Shahnawaz Malik (4-22), Khaled Mahmmod (2-13) and Masum-ul Haque (2-22) making scoring tricky. But the home side also had to battle and were bowled out for 64 in the 15th over.
Jordan Smith (66 not out) and Jack Veale (49) shared a second wicket stand of 102 as Bitton eased to an eight-wicket home defeat of Purnells to reach the second round of the North Somerset's Butcombe Twenty/20 Shield.
Nathan Mullings (3-13) helped peg the visitors back to 143-7, Aaron Ridewood smashing an unbeaten 93 off just 52 balls (9 fours, 7 sixes).
But the target was well within reach for Bitton who won with more than two overs to spare.
Also through are Bristol thanks to a six-wicket home success over Churchways, who battled to 119-9, opener Amir Lodhi top scoring on 37 as Mike Chappell bagged 4-11 from four. Opener Sam Skidmore (66 not out) then helped guide his side to victory with two overs in hand.