Timsbury’s season is up and running at last with both the first and second teams notching their first wins of the campaign. The senior side under vice-captain Adam Brinkworth pulled off an excellent 37-run win away to Bristol West Indian Phoenix in the West Of England Premier League (Bristol and North Somerset) while the seconds were three-wicket victors at home to St George Valley in the Bristol and District League Division 7.
Having been put into bat Timsbury got off to the best possible start with an opening stand of 86 between Brinkworth and Mark Sage. Brinkworth was the first to go for a fluent 36 and Sage again showed his reliability with 55 taking the side to an imposing 130-1. However, following his dismissal Timsbury imploded to 144-6 and it needed a decisive seventh wicket partnership of 54 between the in-form Neil Hucker (30) and Jesse Bishop (20) to lead a recovery and a final total of 214. Home skipper Ricardo Williams took 3-14.
In reply Bristol West Indian Phoenix lost an early wicket but then progressed to 70-1 with Cole Pierre striking the ball well for 58 before losing his wicket to Hucker. It was then Graeme Webb’s turn to prove match winner for the visitors alongside former captain Steve Clothier. Webb finished with 5-39 and Clothier 3-39 as the home side were dismissed for 177.
Overseas player Iraq Thomas threatened to take the game away from Timsbury but a well-judged catch by Ellis Hancock off Clothier’s bowling saw him back in the pavilion for 25 on an afternoon when the visitors’ fielding was at its sharpest.
In the seconds’ victory it was the young bowlers who impressed in St George Valley’ total of 160 with Oliver Davis taking 4-17 and Zak Cox 2-13. Timsbury openers Andy Carter (52) and skipper Ben Hosford (19) then looked to be leading their side to a comfortable win. But a quick clatter of wickets handed the ascendancy to the visitors before another young batsman, Dan Nesbitt, stole the show with an unbeaten 41 with good support from the experienced Greg Passingham (20).
An under-strength third eleven proved no match for Winterbourne 5th XI and after making 107 were beaten by 10 wickets.