Timsbury made league leaders Frenchay work hard for victory in their latest encounter in the Bristol and District League Senior Division but once again their batting underbelly proved crucial. From 58-0 they quickly subsided to 76-6. Despite another outstanding innings from the consistent Kev Sibley with good support from the lower order, the total of 164 was not enough despite a disciplined bowling effort.
After being asked to bat first Timsbury made a cracking start with Andy Carter receiving good support from Nathan Hawkins. Carter hit eight fours in his innings of 37 but once he was first out the innings imploded. Four players failed to score and it was left to Neil Hucker and captain Steve Clothier to give Sibley the backing he needed. Sibley and Hucker (17) added 48 and Sibley and Clothier 40 as Timsbury gave themselves a chance. Sibley who took 14 off Taylor’s last over was 63 not out at the end of the innings.
Frenchay had to work hard when they responded and tight bowling from Ellis Hancock and Sam Hoddinott restricted the home side to just 14 runs from their first 10 overs. Luck was not on their side, however, and despite having the home side at 116-5 they were unable to remove Mike Donaldson, who had earlier retired sick but returned to make 29 not out, and Eddie Williams (26 not out). The partnership of 51 saw Frenchay home.
There was better news for the club’s second and third elevens. The seconds went into second place in Division 8 with a seven-wicket win at home to Bristol Malayalee. Ed Roberts and George Webb each took three wickets as the Bristol side were dismissed for 153. Adam Workman (63) and Sol Thompson (60 not out) then led the way to a comfortable win.
Timsbury thirds were left to chase a daunting 203-5 at home to Bristol United Banks seconds but fine knocks of 52 from Matt Ball, 47 from Lee Hulbert and an unbeaten 46 from skipper Ashley Davis saw Timsbury home by four wickets.
This week (August 11th) Timsbury face another difficult match away to Bristol West Indians Phoenix, the seconds are home to Carsons Mangotsfield and the thirds travel to local rivals Midsomer Norton thirds.