MILIND Kalkher top scored with 108 (nine fours, six sixes) as Almondbsury ended their search for a first win of the summer with an 88-run victory away to Bishopston 2nds in Pod C on the final Saturday of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League.
Kalkher dominated his side’s challenge of 226-6 before Bishopston finished well short despite opener Alby Stevens’ 50.
Bitton ended the campaign on top of the group despite a 32-run reverse away to neighbours Hanham. Openers Ross Robbins (51) and Duncan Boffin (34) top scored in the home side’s challenge of 154-7, Dennis Mullings capturing 5-24 from six, before Bitton came up short at 122-7.
There was a first success in Pod A for Bristol Pakistanis who held on for a 26-run triumph away to Bradley Stoke, opener Malik Haroon (60) and Umer Khalid (4-36) playing starring roles.
In Pod F, skipper Ash Ball’s burst of 6-17 was in vain for Twyford House 2nds who succumbed by 33 runs at Bohemians. Old Down chased down a target of 255 for the loss of six wickets at home to Bristol West Indian Phoenix 2nds while Golden Hill 2nds won by 57 runs at University Staff.
Hambrook finished top of Pod G following an eight-wicket home victory against Bradley Stoke 2nds while second-placed Winterbourne 3rds marched on by seven wickets at home to neighbours Frampton Cotterell, Nathan Sanders bagging 4-10 from three overs.
And Stapleton 2nds completed a three-wicket derby win over their Frenchay counterparts, opener Guy Wilson (48) and Gavin Giles (35) amongst the runs.
Pod H was topped by PR Royal despite a five-wicket home reverse against nearest rivals Bristol Lions. And in Pod K, Hari Kammula’s return of 4-19 paved the way for BAC to overcome Bishopston 3rds by five wickets.
Bristol Aces wrapped up Pod L with a 163-run home defeat of Hambrook 2nds, while runs were harder to come by at St George Valley who bowled out Chipping Sodbury 3rds for 60 thanks to Martin Ubank (3-6 from seven) and Tony Underhill (3-18).
Saints then got over the line in the 34th over with skipper Alan Pickett’s unbeaten 20 off 70 balls defying Jay Penfold (4-6 from eight).