TITLE rivals Pak Bristolians and Chew Magna warmed up for their big Senior Division promotion battle on Saturday with comfortable wins in the latest round of matches in the Cricketer’s Warehouse Bristol & District League.
Pacesetters Pak Bristolians were 55-run victors away to Keynsham 2nds, Imran Butt top scoring with an unbeaten 50. And Chew overcame Bristol West Indians & Phoenix by four wickets to remain in second place.
At the other end of the table, Almondsbury stay bottom following a 110-run setback at Timsbury.
In Division One, Bristol YMCA remain second after a nine-wicket triumph at Frampton Cotterell who were dismissed for just 135 by Dave Shufflebotham (4-29) and Ashley Bonynge-Pearce (3-13) before Martin Jones (63 not) and Romesh Tenuwera (46) shared an opening stand of 132.
Hambrook are up to third following a 34-run home win against Old Down but Dyrham & Hinton lost by four wickets away to Winterbourne 2nds.
Edin Ahmed (75) and tailender Mark Dyer (56 not off 32 balls) helped Hambrook total 253-8 before Old Down were held up by Tyler Johansson (3-25) and Adrian Kislingbury (3-43).
Division Two leaders Clevedon 2nds and Brislington 2nds tied after both hit 246, while third-placed Coalpit Heath trumped Hanham by three wickets, Jack Williams claiming 3-23 and opener Sam Moss hitting 34.
Division Three leaders Bitton edged bottom side Claverham 2nds by 36 runs, Ian Dixon hitting 64, and second-placed Bohemians slipped up with a five-wicket defeat away to St Mary Redcliffe.
Chris O’Farrell’s unbeaten 54 lifted the visitors to 204-8 but half centuries from opener Gareth Yandell and Jason Loud saw Saints home.
Bristol Pakistanis remain well in the mix for promotion after crushing Long Ashton by 146 runs, Malik Haroon (71) and Irfan Malik (53 not) finding form.
In Division Four, Chris Ledbury hammered an unbeaten 135 and shared a second wicket stand of 253 with Dave Birkinshaw (120) as Stapleton 2nds cruised to a 193-run home victory against Shirehampton 2nds.
Ledbury faced 130 balls and hit 20 fours and a six whilst reaching his maiden century while Birkinshaw thumped 21 boundaries off 109 deliveries.