ALMONDSBURY kept their noses in front at the top of Division One of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League with a well-timed chase to edge out Downend 2nds by two wickets.
Ben Ford’s 112 off 114 balls (17 fours, one six) dominated the visitors challenge of 231-9, Aaron Jones, Liam Hartigan, Matt Smith and Mike Frolich all taking two wickets apiece.
Opener Matt Wood anchored Almondsbury’s reply with 64 from 119 deliveries while Jones then delivered with an unbeaten 73 off 48 as the win was secured with just one ball to spare.
Hambrook’s James Wigzell carried his bat for 49 off 102 balls in a three-wicket reverse away to Bitton for whom Josh Coombes took 3-24 from nine and then produced a crucial unbeaten 37.
In Division Two, Frampton Cotterell were skittled for 62 by leaders Bedminster 2nds, Lewis Mason (4-24) and Ed Duckworth (3-11) setting up a nine-wicket win.
And there were three wickets apiece for Jamie Patel, Tom Ware and Steve Spurrell as Bohemians eased in by 139 runs at home to Knowle 2nds after Johnny Daw’s earlier unbeaten 96.
Jim Donaldson celebrated being awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List by taking his usual place in the scorebox for Frenchay who squeezed out an exciting one-wicket home win against Coalpit Heath.
The long-serving chairman of the Bristol Youth League and an enthusiastic promoter of girls cricket has been honoured for his services to the sport in the Bristol area.
Frenchay ensured a perfect end to Jim’s day as Ben Stoddart crashed a six back over the bowler’s head to win this Senior Division game with three balls remaining.
The home side, requiring 166, were in trouble at 129-7 before skipper Alex Stell provided a crucial 21 ahead of Stoddart sealing the points with his big blow.
Earlier, South African Keanan Mitchell marked his league debut by top scoring on 23, following up figures of 5-24 from eight as Heath slipped from 96-0 to 165 all out, Dave Hilton (51) and Jack Williams (39) top scoring.
Leaders Nailsea trumped Bradley Stoke by 57 runs while Bristol West Indian Phoenix are up to fourth following a 25-run success away to Timsbury, Jack Baber hitting 43 and Mahin Omar returning 5-33 from nine.
Shirehampton got off the mark with a 53-run triumph away to Old Bristolians Westbury where skipper Gareth Nicholls (51) and opener Sam Parker (40) were amongst the runs.