Timsbury’s mini-revival came to a shuddering halt at Brislington where they were beaten by seven wickets in the West of England Premier League (Bristol and North Somerset). After another good start Timsbury lost their last 10 wickets for a mere 54 runs against a strong and impressive home attack.
With Mark Sage on holiday Kev Sibley opened up the visitors’ innings with vice-captain Adam Brinkworth and together they took the attack to the home side putting on 58 for the first wicket in double quick time before Brinkworth was caught behind for an attractive 36. Sibley followed soon after for 17.
Adam Workman, after his promotion from the seconds, battled hard for his 17 and Graeme Webb (21) threatened briefly but few of the batsmen could cope with Australian overseas paceman Jake Burge who took 5-14 or Josh Noel (3-21).
The home side replied in positive fashion and the result never looked in doubt. Opener Rhys Grove led the way with 36, Tabish Khan was 27 not out and Burge completed a successful afternoon with an undefeated 18. News of Frenchay’s comprehensive win over Knowle added to Timsbury’s woes on an afternoon when they were well and truly outplayed.
There was much better news for Timsbury’s other two sides. The seconds raced to an eight-wicket win at home to Bristol Asians in the Bristol and District League Division 7. The damage was done by two of Timsbury’s promising teenagers. Oliver Hulbert took 3-5 in six immaculate overs while Oli Davis finished with 4-31 as the Asians were dismissed for 87.
Not to be outdone by his son, Lee Hulbert led the run chase with an undefeated 40 and with good support from Jack Williams (21) and Paul Cracknell (21 not out) saw Timsbury home with plenty to spare in 14.1 overs.
Alex Gardiner was the star turn for Timsbury thirds hitting a superb 136 in his team’s impressive total of 286-4 at home to Clevedon fourths. It was his maiden century and he received notable support from Matthew Ball (36), Dave Nowell (32 not out) and Kelvin Hancock (29). Clevedon put up a brave fight in reply and with Wilson making 97 and Phil Williams 71 not out finished on 248-7. Darren Davis with 3-32 was Timsbury’s best bowler.