OUTSWING bowler Colin Mavely finished with the best bowling figures so far this season in the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League, taking 8-9 from seven overs for Bristol Aces who cruised to a ten-wicket win away to Bitton 2nds in Division Eight.
The home side were skitled for 28 by Mavely before the Aces needed just 20 balls to wrap up the points and stay in the hunt for promotion.
With two more rounds of matches to go, Aces (229) are third behind Keynsham 3rds (237) and Stanton Drew (234) while Thornbury 3rds (224) are also well in the frame to go up after a 130-run victory away to Churchways where Colin Blick and skipper Simon Weeks put on 258 for the second wicket.
Blick was 147 not out off 99 (15 fours, three sixes) while Weeks was dismissed for 123 off 114 (eight fours, six sixes).
And both men then went on to also shine with the ball, Weeks taking 3-17 and Blick 3-19.
Old Bristolians Westbury stepped closer towards the Senior Division title after crushing Keynsham 2nds (67) by five wickets.
Bristol YMCA were also in no mood to hang about, bowling out Nailsea for 54 and sealing a nine-wicket win to remain second, Jack Spicer (4-16), Tayyab Riaz (3-26) and Andy Parkinson (2-0) sharing the honours.
Third-placed Shirehampton followed the same pattern, dismissing bottom side Chew Magna for 71 and completing a six-wicket success.
Pak Bristolians, who are in pole position in Division One, held their nerve for a three-run win at Hanham, and are now five points ahead of their next opponents, Winterbourne 2nds, who moved above Bedminster 2nds following a hard-earned five-wicket defeat of their rivals.
Jamie Studley (3-25) was the pick of the attack as Bedminster were bowled out for 157 ahead of teenagers Owen Lingard (47) and Sami Hamid (45 not) leading the charge.
Backwell Flax Bourton remain the favourites for the Division Three crown following a nine-wicket triumph away to OB Westbury 2nds.
Shaun Todd’s terrific spell of 5-14 from nine helped restrict the home side to 135-8, Matt Comfort (61 not) inspiring a recovery from 62-8.
And the target was well within reach as Tim Martin (68) and Tom Phillips (38) shared an unbroken second wicket stand of 117.