Cricket: Frenchay stay up

Winterbourne finished second

Winterbourne finished second

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FRENCHAY survived relegation from the WEPL Bristol Somerset Division after their final game of the season at Bishopston was cancelled due to a wet pitch.

Wembdon could have leapfrogged them with a win at Bishopston but they could only take one point out of an eight-wicket defeat, meaning Frenchay finished 14 points outside the bottom two.

However, the seconds did go down from their Bristol Somerset Division after their home game against Bishopston went ahead and they lost by nine wickets.

Starting the day in the bottom two, Frenchay’s hopes of a great escape were soon ended as they were bowled out for 61 and the visitors reached their target in 17.3 overs.

Having already secured a second-place finish in the Bristol and North Somerset Division, Winterbourne finished the season with a 186-run win at Stapleton.

James Bracey scored 84 and Marcus Purnell hit 69 in their 241-8 before Nick Crane took an incredible 5-6 off seven overs as the hosts were bowled out for just 55.

Winterbourne seconds narrowly missed out on promotion from Premier Two 2nd XI, finishing in third spot just five points behind Ashcott and Shapwick despite beating Downend by five wickets.

Jonathan Oakes’ unbeaten 52 led them to their target of 169 in 31.5 overs.

Having already clinched promotion, Marshfield were pipped to the Wiltshire 2nd XI title by just one point by Winsley despite beating them at home by six wickets on Saturday.

The visitors managed to get enough bonus points to be crowned champions after scoring 190-6 and then taking four wickets as Matt Watson’s 88 led Marshfield home.

Dave Jenkins hit 108 as Marshfield firsts beat Winsley by 108 runs in the corresponding fixture but were unable to take runners-up spot in the Wiltshire Division, finishing just three points behind Purton.

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