Timsbury 1st XI’s inconsistent start to the season continued with disappointing four-wicket defeat away to Keynsham 2nd XI in the Bristol and District League Senior Division. After electing to bat first Timsbury made the worst of starts losing their first three wickets for 26 before a sensible stand of 59 between Mark Sage (43) and Gary Pearcy(23) redressed the balance. However, soon after the drinks break both players departed and despite 23 from Paul Cracknell and a later flourish from Greg Passingham who finished 32 not out, Timsbury’s total of 160-8 looked under par.
The visitors fought hard in the field but Keynsham always looked favourites. Jack Tweedie set them on their way with a hard-hit 31 before the Timsbury slower bowlers made them work hard for every run with Sam Hoddinott bowling an immaculate spell of 1-9 in nine overs. Kev Sibley bowled as consistently as ever before injury forced him to leave the field after 5.4 tight overs which proved a major blow to the visitors’ chances. Jez Hare playing against his former side and Passingham kept up the pressure but a seventh-wicket stand between Cameron Emmott (21 not out) and Matt Trenchard (20 not out) was enough to see the home side to victory.
Timsbury’s second eleven chased down a target of 193 to defeat Pak Bristolians 2nd XI by two wickets in the Bristol and District League Division 5. Zak Cox was the seventh bowler used by captain Ben Hosford but in just over four overs he finished with 5-21 as the visitors were dismissed for 192. There were also two wickets each for Neil Hucker and Seb Nix. In-form opener Adam Workman led the Timsbury response with 50, Sol Thompson hit 48 and for the second week running Hosford just missed a half-century after being dismissed for 44 before the home side got over the line with just eight balls to spare.
Timsbury 3rd XI gained a much needed win with an impressive six-wicket victory away to Barrow Gurney 2nd XI in the Bristol and District League Division 13. After being asked to bat first the home side were dismissed for 147 with Jordan Allen top scoring with 66. Martin Richards took 3-10 in a tight eight-over spell and there were two wickets each for Josh Bond-Kendall, Laurie Jones and Robbie Haigh. Cory Versfeld then confirmed his growing reputation with an excellent undefeated knock of 63 and with Jones scoring 27 the visitors won with plenty to spare.