The Lightning moved to the top of the Bristol Big Bash table after winning both games on match day one of the 2016 tournament.
The team secured their opening victory by just two runs against the Knight Riders before a resounding seven wicket win over the Scorchers.
The T20 competition – which features music and coloured clothing is supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Sport England’s Core Cities Funding, with the aim of getting more young people in inner-city areas active through cricket.
See below for a video and a full round-up of the matches from the first day at Brislington CC.
Bristol Scorchers v Bristol Cobras
Scorchers 173-6 (20 overs)
Cobras 87 all out (16.5 overs)
Scorchers won by 86 runs
A blistering 65 from 31 balls from Tom Makepeace (Chipping Sodbury) set up a commanding victory for the Scorchers over the Cobras in the first game of the 2016 Bristol Big Bash.
Having won the toss and elected to bat openers Makepeace and fellow Sodbury player Mike Barrett set about tearing into the Cobras bowling with an opening stand of 108.
Once the openers fell the innings didn’t quite kick on as much as the Scorchers would have liked, Mason Poole (Sodbury) and John Claye (BWIP) chipped in with 20 and 22 respectively to push the score to 173-6 from 20 overs.
In reply, the Cobras’ innings never really got going with Poole and skipper Ajay Singh (BWIP) taking early wickets. Young leg spinner and Chance to Shine Street regular Ismail Asif then came on and ripped through the Cobras’ middle order. He took three wickets in four balls and finished with 4-16 from his four overs.
Bristol Lightning v Bristol Knight Riders
Lightning 149 all out (19.1 overs)
Knight Riders 147 all out (19.1 overs)
Lightning won by 2 runs
Final over drama saw the Bristol Lightning beat the Knight Riders by two runs in the first round of the Bristol Big Bash.
Having been put into bat, the Lightning lost early wickets including two of their top four for ducks. Contributions from opener Jake Williams (27) (Brislington) and Joe McKimm (22) (Bristol YMCA) pushed the total forward but it was the 53 extras bowled by the Knight Riders that turned it into a competitive total. Knight Riders skipper Michael Ley (Bohemians) clean bowled his way to 4-8 from his four overs as the Lightening posted 149.
In response BKR got off to a positive start with Bristol YMCA’s William Webster scoring a quick-fire 28 and Coalpit Heath’s Jake Neal making 27 from number three. However after that no one could really get in and post a score. It was left to the last batters, skipper Ley and Muhammed Jawad, to get them across the line. Needing just four to win from the last over to be bowled by Clevedon’s Bilal Raja, the first ball was a wide but the following ball was straight and full which was too good for Jawad.
Bristol Scorchers v Bristol Lightning
Scorchers 144 (18 overs)
Lightning 149-3 (17.1 overs)
Lightning won by seven wickets
An explosive 60 not out from Bristol West Indies and Phoenix’s Harpreet Klair saw the Lightning to their second win of the day to go top of the league.
After winning the toss the Scorchers were off to a bad start losing Makepeace for a duck, however Mike Barrett took up the mantle. He made the outstanding contribution of the innings making 51 including five fours and two sixes. The Lightning bowlers made it tough through the middle overs picking up regular wickets with Rockhampton’s Jordan Harding the pick with 3-22.
In reply the Lightning got off to a bad start as well, losing Williams early. But this bought fellow Brislington youngster Milo Ayres to the crease to join Klair. The two set about cruising to victory before Ayres holed out in the deep on 48. Skipper Shawcross came in and hit a couple of fours before holing out as well. Harpreet, another Chance to Shine Street player, kept his cool and finished the game in style with a six. He finished with 60 not out including three fours and five sixes.
Bristol Cobras v Bristol Knight Riders
Cobras 152-3 (20 overs)
Knight Riders 153-5 (16.5 overs)
Knight Riders won by 4 wickets
A well-made 63 from Bristol YMCA’s Will Webster and some good hitting down the order brought Bristol Knight Riders’ their first win of the campaign.
After winning the toss and batting the Cobras got off to a slow start mainly down to the tight bowling of Vishal Mamgai (BWIP) who took 2-11 from five overs. This bought Max Longden and Frenchay’s Alex Stell together and they put on 76 for the second wicket before Stell was bowled for 35. Longden remained until the end finishing with 63 from 49 balls.
In response Webster and Mamgai got the Knight Riders off to a great start putting on 55 for the first wicket before Mamgai fell for 22. Webster carried on and finished as the highest run scorer of the day when he was run out for 63 from 45 balls. Some excellent striking from Jawad (33 from 15 balls) meant the Knight Riders cruised home with three overs to spare.
Reflecting on the day GCB Community Coach Ralph Hardwick said: “It was an excellent start to the tournament and we can’t thank Brislington CC enough for their hospitality including some inspired tunes from the DJ!
“It was brilliant to see so many different players from all over the city come together and played some excellent cricket. We had players ranging from WEPL payers to players who have come through our Chance to Shine Street programme and it’s really pleasing to see them playing on the same level.”
Remaining Match Days
Sunday July 24 at Frenchay CC – Games start at 11am and 2pm
Sunday July 31 at Bedminster CC – Games start at 11am and 2pm
For more information please contact Masoor Khan at Masoor.Khan@glosccc.co.uk or 07958 271 415.
For squad information please see below: