PETE Davis made a memorable debut for Hambrook, taking five wickets, holding a catch and then hitting the winning run off the last ball of the match to clinch a one-wicket home win over Timsbury in the Senior Division of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League.
The university student finished with 5-28 from nine with his medium pace and then teamed up with Mark Dyer to claim the final wicket as Timsbury were bowled out for 179.
In reply, Hambrook were always under pressure as former Dyrham & Hinton captain Graeme Webb claimed 5-29.
But home captain Lee Dyer swung the game with an uncharacteristically patient unbeaten 47 off 63, receiving crucial support from last-man Davis who hit a single off the first ball of the final over.
Dyer hammered the next for six and then pushed a single to tie the match. Davis failed to score off the next two deliveries but the pair dashed through for a single from the final ball to ensure Hambrook marked their return to the top flight with a victory.
Skipper Harv Summers’ unbeaten 104 could not prevent Shirehampton finishing 32 runs shy at home to neighbours Twyford House.
Curtis Blakemore (78) and captain Tom Armfield (64) earlier top scored in Twyford’s total of 252-7, John Stilwell taking 3-32 from nine.
Matt Taylor (4-16) and skipper Mike Donaldson (83) shone in Frenchay’s eight-wicket home triumph against Portishead while Bristol West Indians/Phoenix succumbed by two wickets away to Congresbury despite Nicky Clark’s 65.
In Division One, Tom Williams (4-33 from nine) and opener Sam Cooper (61) starred in Coalpit Heath’s six-wicket derby triumph against Almondsbury.
Opener Mark Frost (73) and Matt Crane (69 not) could not save Winterbourne 2nds from a 29-run home setback against Clevedon while Bristol YMCA went down by 25 runs away to Lansdown 2nds despite Jack Edwards bagging 4-25.
In Division Two, Steve Jacobs (123) and Alex Harris (94) spurred OB Westbury 2nds to 363-5 at home to Old Down who finished 120 runs short, Simon Pratt claiming 4-43 from nine.
Opener Gareth Yandell was unbeaten on 107 as St Mary Redcliffe posted a total of 229-8 away to Twyford House 2nds before Amul Desai (4-13 from nine) and Craig Brown (4-15 from 6.2) found a testing line and length.
An unbroken stand of 274 for Stapleton 2nds between Andy Williams (144) and Ian Purchase (110) paved the way for a 117-run triumph over their Shirehampton counterparts.
Williams’ knock included 15 fours and four sixes while Purchase crashed 16 boundaries.
One of the bowling displays of the day came in Division Five where Rob Wood finished with 6-28 from nine in University Staff’s 40-run home defeat of Bristol Civil Service.