PHIL Beesley hammered an unbeaten 203 for Winterbourne 5ths but still finished on the losing side as Old Bristolians Westbury 4ths chased down a target of 347 for a memorable eight-wicket win.
Stars of the show in this high-scoring Martin Berrill Bristol & District League Division 15 clash for the visitors were Rob Simpson (153) and Murray Bishop (127) who shared an unbroken partnership of 292 which ensured victory with three overs and a ball to spare.
Beesley’s knock – the second highest in the league this summer – had earlier lifted Winterbourne to a total of 346-8 from 40 overs.
Bristol West Indian Phoenix moved up to second in the Senior Division following a 107-run win away to Pak Bristolians who were dismissed for 65.
Mohammed Jawad (4-10) led the way after Nick Davis (41) and Cole Pierre (34) had earlier top scored in the visitors’ total of 172.
Pacesetters Frenchay overcame Timsbury by five wickets while Nailsea, who began the day in second place, slipped back with a 52-run reverse away to OB Westbury.
Opener Ricardo De Nobrega (98), Will Rudd (67) and Rupert Swetman (64 not) took the home side to 296-5 ahead of Nailsea’s reply running out of steam as Gareth Griffiths grabbed 6-55.
Portishead were skittled for 52 at Shirehampton who raced to a nine-wicket victory while Coalpit Heath moved out of the bottom two with a five-wicket win away to fellow strugglers Bradley Stoke.
Aaron Neal (5-43) and Khalid Ali (3-26) starred as Stoke were restricted to 164 before Qasim Ali (42 not) led Heath’s charge.
Division One leaders Keynsham 2nds won by 105 runs away to neighbours Bitton, Will Burston and James Mitchell each taking three wickets.
Skipper John Colley hit 68 for second-placed Bristol YMCA who defeated Downend 2nds by six wickets but Almondsbury’s promotion hopes were hit with a 23-run setback at Whitchurch.
Bristol Lions moved clear at the top of Division Five after trumping nearest rivals PR Royals by seven wickets, Suba Subramaniyam contributing 102.