Timsbury 1st XI claimed a crucial 26-run home victory against Hanham in the Bristol and District League Senior Division in a game that swung one way and then the other. In the end it needed some top bowling from Kev Sibley, the recalled Steve Clothier and skipper Jon Strand to tip the balance in Timsbury’s favour.
After being put into bat the home side made the worst possible start losing the influential Mark Sage in the first over and despite another solid knock from Strand, who made 30, Timsbury were precariously placed at 95-6. A vital seventh-wicket stand of 61 between Jesse Bishop (39) and Sol Thompson (32 not out) then revitalised the innings and led them to a respectable total of 177-9 from their 45 overs. Cook was Hanham’s leading bowler with 4-22.
A dogged knock of 54 from Robbins put Hanham in the driving seat at 125-3 before Clothier took two wickets in his final over. Sibley then came back for his second spell to bowl Robbins and finish the innings off with the excellent figures of 4-14 with birthday boy Strand lending good support at the other end with 3-26. Hanham lost their last seven wickets for just 26 runs with Timsbury claiming 18 points for the win.
Hanham second eleven turned the tables in the double header defeating Timsbury 2nd XI by 67 runs in the Bristol and District League Division 5. After electing to bat first Hanham produced a powerful display and knocks of 65 from Neil Paget, 44 from David Young, 39 from Mark Stone and 38 from Adam Tuffery saw them reach an impressive 248-5 from their 40 overs. Liam Hosford was Timsbury’s most successful bowler with figures of 2-52.
In reply openers Adam Workman (33) and Cory Versfeld (27) gave the visitors a good start but despite useful contributions from Dan Hill (33), Rob Clothier (32), George Webb (21) and Neil Hucker (21 not out) Timsbury finished well short. Joseph White (3-17) and Mark Stone (3-36) led the way for home side.
There was no better news for Timsbury 3rd XI who were beaten by seven wickets at home to league leaders Golden Hill 5th XI in the Bristol and District League Division 13. After deciding to bat first the home side reached 59-2 but Josh Tucker was then dismissed for 33 and despite a late flurry from Russell King Timsbury were dismissed for 112. Anthony Pinder took 4-31 and Will Schofield 3-4. Tight bowling from King and Martin Richards kept an early check on the Golden Hill reply but a knock of 49 from Joe McKimm proved pivotal with the visitors finishing on 113-3.