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PAK Bristolians moved 17 points clear at the top of Division One in the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League thanks to a comfortable victory over Bristol Pakistanis, taking full advantage of nearest rivals Whitchurch being hit by the weather.

Shazil Mustafa (74) and Adnan Aslam (47) gave Pak Bristolians a strong start while Qasir Abass (56) also impressed in a total of 285-7.

Bristol Pakistanis lost wickets at regular intervals and came up 99 runs short despite 64 from Rehman Zahoor Ur as Abdullah Tabraiz (3-24) and Abass (3-57, both from nine) made inroads.

On the other side of Bristol, though, Whitchurch reached 226-9 at home to Knowle 2nds before rain forced the game to be abandoned.

Whitchurch are now level on points with Bedminster 2nds who overcame their Downend counterparts by 118 runs.

Charlie Walker (110) and Joe Shean (73) were the main scorers in Bedminster’s 319, leg spinner Andy McEwan taking four wickets.

But Downend finished well adrift against Harry Drissell (4-55) and James Carter (3-17).

Old Bristolians Westbury and Bristol YMCA, the leading two sides in the Senior Division, prepared for Saturday’s big head-to-head with victories.

OB Westbury overcame lowly Coalpit Heath by five wickets, captain Stuart MacArthur (3-20) and teenage all-rounder Ollie Meadows (3-37, both from nine) shining with the ball while opener Fin Yates was unbeaten on 81.

Bristol YMCA, though, had to work hard away to bottom side Chew Magna who were bowled out for 85, Tayyab Riaz, Jacob Spence and captain John Colley finishing with three wickets apiece.

Chew reduced their visitors to 35-6 before YMCA managed to rally for a two-wicket win.

In Division Two, Lodway are only ten points behind leaders Bath 3rds after completing a five-wicket triumph away to their title rivals.

Cleeve were skittled for 51 at Hampset who romped in by eight wickets, and Bitton held off Bishopston 2nds by seven runs, opener Joe Fletcher top scoring on 43.

Division Three pacesetters Backwell Flax Bourton emerged 31-run victors in their home derby clash against Long Ashton, Sam Flowers top scoring on 42.

And Morgan Skipp’s 5-16 put second-placed Midsomer Norton 2nds on the way to an eight-wicket home defeat of Pakistani Express who started the day third.

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