Week 18 Bristol & District round-up
TWYFORD House clinched promotion back to WEPL after a dramatic final day of action in the Senior Division of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League.
Frenchay began the last round of matches in the runners-up slot, three points ahead of Twyford in the battle to secure the second promotion slot behind Congresbury who already had the championship in the bag.
But Frenchay suffered a low-scoring two-wicket defeat away to Nailsea and that enabled Twyford to grab second place thanks to a tense 17-run victory at Congresbury.
Two late wickets for Mark Fowler (2-25) brought the Congresbury innings to a close after Cam Harding (42), opener Ian Perry (28) and Jack Kearns (29) had given the home side hope.
Zora Singh bagged 2-34 from six, holding a return catch off Harding and also having the dangerous Iraq Thomas stumped by Jonny Weber for 19.
Earlier, Twyford’s top scorers were opener Fowler (48) and Aaron Lawrence (27) in a challenge of 181-9.
While Twyford celebrated their late promotion charge, Frenchay were left to reflect on defeat at Nailsea.
The visitors struggled to total 105 but then reduced Nailsea to 29-2 at tea and 50-7 before Dave Ingram held his nerve with an unbeaten 32.
The promotion of Congresbury and Twyford House now needs to be formally approved by WEPL while all other promotions and relegations within the Bristol & District League will not be confirmed for at least another two weeks.
Clubs have until September 10 to declare how many sides they will be running for 2018 while officials will further have to decide how best to bring divisions one and ten back to a full complement of ten teams following close-season withdrawals.
One, possibly two, amalgamations must also be taken into account along with the possible repositioning of a number teams at a higher, more competitive level.
Hambrook are heading straight back to Division One following a last-place finish confirmed by a 16-run home reverse against Bristol West Indian Phoenix.
Brothers Richard (4-28) and Mark Dyer (2-6) restricted the visitors to a challenge of 160 before Hambrook fell to Zemroy Thomas (4-28 from nine).
Division One champions Coalpit Heath ended a memorable campaign with a setback, going down by ten runs at home to Bristol YMCA for whom skipper John Colley walloped an unbeaten 104 from only 67 balls (nine fours, seven sixes).
Hanham secured the Division Two runners-up slot despite a 40-run home reverse against champions Bristol Pakistanis.
They finished only one point ahead of Whitchurch who romped in by 130 runs at home to Old Bristolians Westbury 2nds.
Bohemians just missed a top-two finish in Division Three in spite of overcoming champions Bedminster 2nds by 56 runs.
Joel Patton’s 53 lifted Bohs to a total of 207, Max Tryfonos taking 4-33, but Jamie Patel (3-27) and Kris Connabeer (3-29) then found a testing line and length for the home side.
Bristol Civil Service pulled themselves out of the bottom two in Division Five with a terrific four-wicket victory away to Bristol 3rds where they chased down a total of 265 thanks to half centuries from opener Ankit Sharma and Callum Heath.
University Staff now wait to see if they drop following a six-wicket home reverse against Bradley Stoke 2nds for whom Balaji Srini bagged 5-10 and George Malin 4-24.