PHIL Hughes carried his bat for 103 as Shirehampton, assured of third place in the Senior Division of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League, were trumped by 22 runs away to Bradley Stoke whose fourth-place finish is the best in their history.
Opener Tom Laver dominated Bradley Stoke’ challenge of 233-9, completing his fourth Saturday century of the campaign with 123 off 106 balls (16 fours, four sixes).
OB Westbury, already heading back to WEPL as Senior Division champions, went down by six wickets away to Clevedon 2nds while Bristol YMCA, also assured of second place and promotion to WEPL, were edged out by three runs by Claverham.
At the other end of the table, Nailsea’s relegation was confirmed despite trumping Coalpit Heath by four wickets, opener Mike Ready compiling an unbeaten 96 off 130 balls (13 fours and a six).
Bouncing straight back to the Senior Division are Pak Bristolians whose promotion from Division One as champions was assured with a 112-run victory at Knowle 2nds.
And Bedminster 2nds are also set to go up after bowling out relegated Portishead for 65 to ensure a 140-run victory and second place, James Carter grabbing 4-13.
Winterbourne 2nds missed out on the runners-up slot by only one point after cruising past their Downend counterparts by 120 runs, Marcus Purnell and Jack Studley both taking 3-13.
Joe Stevens, meanwhile, produced fine figures of 7-27 from seven overs to help complete a 59-run win for Bohemians who are still facing relegation from Division Two.
Bohs began the day two points clear of ninth-placed Bishopston 2nds in the fight to pull clear of the drop zone with Hambrook already down.
But Bish took 20 points from a ten-wicket hammering of Hampset while Bohs received 18 for their victory away to Lansdown 2nds, leaving the rivals locked on the same number of points.
They also have the same number of wins – seven – and that means they must be separated on the next league criteria … ‘highest runs per wicket’.
Backwell Flax Bourton put the seal on a third successive promotion campaign with an eight-wicket home defeat of St Mary Redcliffe to get their hands on the Division Three title.
Third place went to Pakistani Express who overcame relegated Old Down by 51 runs while also set to drop down are Long Ashton despite their seven-wicket home victory over Bristol West Indian Phoenix 2nds.