ALMONDSBURY 2nd XI entertained Alveston at the field on Saturday and ran out convincing victors.

The visitors batted first and put up a challenge of 139 in their allotted overs which appeared to be a competitive total on a wicket that was helpful to the bowlers.

Opener Mathew Roberts held the innings together with a solid 44 before he fell to a fine running catch by Taylor off the bowling of Chris Slade.

Matt Wood exploited the conditions well with his medium pace returning economical figures of 9-1-23-4.

He was well supported by Mike Frolich 9-2-28-2, Matt Smith 9-1-33-1, Randy Taylor 9-3-14-1 and Chris Slade 9-0-37-2.

In reply, Skipper Gary Goodwin, who was mindful of the incoming climatic conditions changed the batting order bringing in Taylor to open with Kulvinder Sappal.

A decision which proved fruitful from the first delivery. Taylor with his brutal approach to the bowling and Kulvinder with his finesse saw the ball dispatched to all parts of the boundary.

Taylor eventually fell for a clinical 87 and Kulvinder a well controlled 32. It was left to Mike Frolich to finish proceedings with a six over the A38 and give Almondsbury victory by eight wickets in just13.5 overs.

Alveston appear to have found themselves a fine young prospect in Chloe Davis. The leg spinner had both openers dropped off successive deliveries. If those chances had been taken, the game could have taken a different course.

l Almondsbury 1st XI travelled to Keynsham on Saturday and put in a below par performance.

Batting first, the visitors were dismissed for 106 with Kyle Hartigan top scoring with 30, while Dan Dunt and Mike Perham were the only other meaningful contributions in a fairly weak batting display.

The Keynsham bowlers shared the wickets around with David Burston, Will Burston and Sam Lowe take two wickets each.

In reply, Keynsham completed their victory inside 28 overs having lost five wickets in the process.

Andy Parkinson with 9-2-36-4 was the sole Almondsbury wicket taker leaving Garth Jackson’s side with some sobering thoughts in the week to come.

Martin Millard and David Burston were the main run contributors for Keynsham.

Almondsbury now sit third in the B&D First Division