Cricket: League leaders Almondsbury bounce back

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Bristol & District League Senior Division

Pakistani Bristolians (88) lost to Almondsbury (89-3) by seven wickets

ALMONDSBURY returned to winning ways on Saturday in convincing fashion against Pakistani Bristolians.

The home team batted first and had 23 on the board inside the first four overs but Aaron Jones, leading the Almondsbury attack, soon took control and received good support from his fellow bowlers as the Pakistani side were dismissed for 88.

Jones finished with 7-2-27-4. He was well backed up by Josh Slade (7-2-19-2) Mike Frolich (5-2-19-3) and Kavi Perrera (4.2-1-18-1).

Almondsbury reached their target inside 19 overs with Deepak Bhadri blasting a quick 42, whilst Mike Perham was left to score the winning runs and consolidate their position at the top of the table.

Fourth Division

Almondsbury 2nds (154-3) beat Bishop Sutton (153) by seven wickets

TOM Burgess' shrewd captaincy paid dividends on Saturday when he unavoidably put out an under-strength team against Bishop Sutton and came away with a maximum points victory.

With many players unavailable, 14-year-old Harry Weston and 15-year-old Avin Litt opened the bowling for Almondsbury and kept a tight rein on proceedings. Matt Smith and Krishna continued the good work, but surprise package Chris Slade, who had not turned his arm over for many years, bowled beyond expectation as Bishop Sutton were dismissed for 153.

Litt (11-2-31-3), Weston (6-1-23-1), Smith (12-3-41-1), Krishna (5-1-17-1) and Slade (11-1-31-2) bowled well as a unit to restrict the opposition's total.

In reply, Almondsbury were soon in trouble as both Burgess (2) and Gary Goodwin (5) were both back in the pavilion with only eight on the board.

Ben Morley and Kyle Hartigan came together and changed the course of the game with a partnership of 128 before Morley fell for 51 chasing quick runs with inclement weather conditions approaching.

Joe Kewley (10*) joined Hartigan and the pair brought up victory for Almondsbury with the rain commencing.

Hartigan finished undefeated on 80 to continue his rich vein of form this season.

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