FRENCHAY have been crowned champions of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League’s Senior Division.
Alex Stell’s side (pictured below) began the day five points behind leaders Bristol West Indian Phoenix but ended it eight clear after overcoming Pak Bristolians by six wickets whilst BWIP were going down by 24 runs at Old Bristolians Westbury.
Ben Stoddart (3-29), Sean O’Sullivan (2-8) and Stell (2-32) bowled out Pak Bristolians for 125 before Matt Taylor (55 not) led the victory charge.
BWIP, meanwhile, pegged back OB Westbury to 194-9, Jack Baber claiming 4-20 from nine overs.
The visitors were then in the driving seat at 121-2 but the loss of Nicky Clark (59) and Baber (64) sparked a collapse to 170 all out, Chris Phillips taking 3-16.
OB Westbury were third at the start of the final round of matches, one point ahead of Timsbury in the race for the third promotion slot.
But despite winning, Timsbury were still able to leapfrog their rivals to also return to WEPL courtesy of a 149-run home hammering of Nailsea.
There was plenty of excitement, too, at the other end of the table as Bradley Stoke moved out of the bottom two with a six-wicket home win over already relegated Portishead.
Balaji Srini (3-15) led the way as Portishead were bowled out for 171 and followed up with 69 to complete the win.
Pak Bristolians ended the season in the second last position, just five points behind Shirehampton who suffered a one-wicket reverse away to Coalpit Heath.
Khalid Ali (4-14 from nine) struck as Shire stumbled to 92 all out before Heath held their nerve for a crucial win, captain Kyle Rose top scoring at No 10 with an unbeaten 18 as his side rallied from 52-8 to deny John Stilwell (4-18) and Adam Fidoe (3-25, both from nine).
The Division One title was lifted by Keynsham 2nds who trumped their Winterbourne counterparts by six wickets while Clevedon 2nds finished as runners-up with a 17-run success at Almondsbury.
Three teams appear set to be promoted from this division and that’s good news for Bristol YMCA who were 45-run home winners over Hanham, captain John Colley taking 3-12 to ensure third place.
Bristol Lions, the Division Five champions, overcame relegated Woodpeckers by six wickets, Indika Vidana finishing with 5-38 before opener Nuwan Dharamsiri top scored on 51.
All promotions and relegations will be confirmed by the league after WEPL officials have rubber-stamped the make-up of their cross-county competition for 2019.