Frenchay win West of England Premier League Bristol and North Somerset Division

Gazette Series: Frenchay celebrate Frenchay celebrate

FRENCHAY won the Bristol and North Somerset Division title in dramatic fashion.

They beat Stapleton, who went into the final game on top of the table, to win promotion to the third tier of the West of England Premier League after a final wicket partnership of 59.

After Stapleton scored 155 in their innings, Frenchay lost wickets at regular intervals, finding themselves on 97-9.

Youngster Alex Stell, who had taken his 200th senior wicket earlier, was joined at the wicket by Ian McCormack in what looked like an inevitable defeat, but they slowly crept towards their target, with Stell hitting the winning runs.

The Bristol and North Somerset 2nd XI Division also had a dramatic conclusion, with Winterbourne snatching the title.

The top three teams all lost their final game but Winterbourne, who were second going into their final game against Lansdown, got enough bonus points to finish two points ahead of Shirehampton and Claverham.

The bulk of their seven-point haul came from bowling Lansdown out for 224 with Ian Rawlings taking 4-23.

Although Winterbourne fell 88 runs short, Phil Beesley hit a crucial 59 to help them seal two more points before they were bowled out for 136.

Winterbourne firsts finished fifth in the Bristol and North Somerset Division after losing their final game by 68 runs to Lansdown.

The home side hit 243 all out with George Ford and Chris Kislingbury taking three wickets apiece, and despite James Williams’ 52, Winterbourne were bowled out for 175.

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