Tight bowling in the closing overs puts Frenchay through to last eight
By The Bristol Post | Friday, June 29, 2012, 05:00
TREMENDOUSLY disciplined bowling at the death from Tyrone Isitt and Alex Stell saw Frenchay to a 17-run win at Twyford House and into the quarter-finals of the Bristol & District Cup.
The match was finely balanced with Twyford at 96-5, needing 37 off the final five overs. But the two seamers found such a tight line and length in the gathering gloom, backed up by skipper Mike Donaldson's smart marshalling of his side and ruthlessly efficient ground fielding, that the runs virtually dried up.
Skipper Dom Blake finished unbeaten on 43 for Twyford, while opener Lee Chambers earlier hit 25. Stell, whose accurate long throw earlier ran out dangerman Mark Fowler, finished with an economical 0-23, while Isitt (1-25) and Josse Van de Weyer (2-21, all from five overs) kept the pressure on.
Top scorer in Frenchay's total of 132-7 was opener Eddie Williams (56), while Isitt contributed 29 against Tom Armfield (2-26) and Ross Sutton (2-33). Rob McKevitt bagged 3-18 from his useful late spell of three overs.
Frenchay's reward is a home tie against holders Bristol, who overcame neighbours Old Bristolians Westbury by 32 runs.
Opener Alan Hunt top-scored with 70 in his side's 143-4 after losing the toss, with the Old Boys then pegged back to 111-9. Graeme Brown bagged 3-16 from five overs and Richard Morrison 2-20.
The surprise of the evening came at Bedminster (97-7), who went down by 13 runs to YMCA (110-9). The Golden Hill club have been handed another giantkilling opportunity with a home clash against Thornbury.
Dan Brooker's 62 helped Hambrook reach 142-3 against Bishopston, who reached their target for the loss of six wickets. Bish are now away to Winterbourne.
In the final remaining second round game, Leigh Iles took 3-13 and then hit an unbeaten 27 for Brislington , who eased to a seven-wicket home defeat of Nailsea (96-7).
Next up for Bris is a trip to local rivals Keynsham, on a date to be arranged, for a place in the last eight. And the winners of that game will be away to Shirehampton or Bristol Asians.
Cup quarter-final draw: YMCA v Thornbury, Frenchay v Bristol, Winterbourne v Bishopston, Shirehampton or Bristol Asians v Keynsham or Brislington. Matches to be played July 11.
St Mary Redcliffe clinched a last-ball, three-wicket win over Taveners to book a home clash with Patchway on Wednesday in the first round of the Bateman Trophy.
Downend-based Churchways, from the North Somerset League, entertain Bradley Stoke.
Full draw: Bristol Pakistanis v Abbots Leigh, United Banks v Bitton, Hengrove v University Staff, Lodway v Phoenix West Indians, St Mary Redcliffe v Patchway, Coalpit Heath v Woodpeckers, Old Down v Cleeve.
Matches in the Gloucestershire Cup were again washed out.
Gloucester City Winget will make another attempt to host Winterbourne in a first-round game on Sunday, the winners earning a quarter-final trip to Bishopston.
Almondsbury, meanwhile, are scheduled to host Stapleton on Sunday in the last eight, while Bristol YMCA have withdrawn from the competition, handing Gloucester Woodpeckers free passage into the quarter-finals.
Will Penny finished with 3-16 from four overs and opener Gian Botha hit an unbeaten 65, including eight fours and two sixes, as Old Bristolians Westbury secured an eight-wicket win at Keynsham in the Somerset Major Cup with 11 balls to spare.
The Failand-based side are now away in the last four to Weston-super-Mare on Sunday (10.30am).
Chew Magna were eight-wicket victors at Castle Cary in the last eight of the Somerset Minor Cup.
Rowan Coombs (3-26), Ken Mondair (2-12) and Stuart Watson (2-24) helped restrict the home side to 117-7, before Mike Denning (52), skipper Pete Solomon (25) and Watson (24 not) clinched the spoils. Chew, who overcame Purnells in the last round by four runs thanks to a triple-wicket maiden final over from Davis Chasimba, will now be away to North Petherton or Temple Cloud on July 8.