Timsbury’s early season woes continued as they search for their first victory of the 2019 campaign following promotion to the West of England Premier League (Bristol and North Somerset). Once again their batting was found wanting and despite a spirited bowling performance they were beaten by five wickets at home to Frenchay.
After electing to bat first Timsbury were soon in trouble and only Mark Sage of the early batsmen defied the Frenchay attack. He was in good form before becoming one of four lbw victims for 46. Neil Hucker coming in at number nine then showed the way to do it with a valuable knock of 25 and added 20 for the last wicket with Ellis Hancock. Ben Helps starred for the visitors with a spell of 6-31 from his 10 overs while opening bowler Ben Stoddart took 3-32.
Hucker followed up his batting with a disciplined bowling spell conceding just 20 runs from his 10 overs. With skipper Jon Strand leaking only 17 runs from his 10 overs and Steve Clothier grabbing 2-35 Frenchay never found the run chase easy. At 50-4 Timsbury sensed they were in with a real chance but a stand of 44 between Tom Bibby and Sam Pine proved crucial. Although Pine was dismissed for 21 Bibby saw his side home with an undefeated 37.
Knocks of 86 from Andy Carter and 76 from Dan Hill looked to have set up a first win of the season for Timsbury seconds away to Bishopston thirds. But in a thrilling high-scoring game they were eventually beaten by four wickets in the Bristol and District League Division 7. Other good knocks from Neil Hulford (36) and Adam Workman (21 not out) saw the visitors total an imposing 274-7. Hulford took 3-48 when Bishopston replied but an innings of 129 from Adrian Newton took the home side to victory.
Timsbury thirds couldn’t follow up their win of the previous week losing by eight wickets at home to a strong Hambrook thirds team. Only Matt Ball with 22 and Dan Nesbitt (18) reached double figures and Timsbury were grateful for a generous donation of 34 extras. Hambrook raced to victory in just over 21 overs.