It was a disappointing weekend for both Timsbury 1st XI and 2nd XI but the third eleven claimed a creditable win away to Midsomer Norton 3rd XI.
After the previous week’s victory against Hanham in the Bristol and District League Senior Division Timsbury looked to push on away to Coalpit Heath but in the end they were well beaten by 58 runs. After winning the toss Timsbury elected to field first but they found home opener Chris Cooke in resolute form and he finished unbeaten on 81 in Coalpit Heath’s total of 196-5.
David Hilton supported him well with 42 with the five wickets shared equally between the visiting bowlers. In reply Timsbury never got to grips with the challenge but there was another encouraging knock from Sol Thompson who made 30 and Joe Kinnear hit out at the end to finish unbeaten on 27.
There had been better news earlier in the week when Timsbury reached the semi-finals of the Somerset Intermediate Cup with a 48-run win away to local rivals Midsomer Norton 2nd XI. It was a result that looked highly unlikely when the visitors plunged to 7-4 with less than two overs gone but thanks to a fine innings of 60 not out from Jesse Bishop and good contributions from Thompson (27) and Jez Hare (21) Timsbury eventually reached 134-6 from their 20 overs.
Niel Brooks,who took three wickets in his devastating first over, ended with impressive figures of 3-13 from his four overs. In reply the home side found it difficult to get going with Sam Hoddinott in his four overs conceding just six runs. Oli Hulbert made an early breakthrough bowling the dangerous Jack Penn and with Hare taking 3-28, captain Jon Strand 2-14 and Kev Sibley 2-18 Midsomer Norton finished well short.
Timsbury 2nd XI were well beaten by Bristol Sri Lankans at home in the Bristol and District League Division 5. After electing to bat first Timsbury were dismissed for just 112. Adam Workman (24), Dan Hill (21) and skipper Ben Hosford (20) were the main contributors but the innings fell away badly at the end. Benura Umanga took 6-30 for the visitors. Hill took 2-16 for the home side but the Sri Lankans raced to a six-wicket win in just over 16 overs.
There was better news for Timsbury 3rd XI who won by four wickets away to Midsomer Norton 3rd XI in the Bristol and District League Division 13. After being asked to bat first the home side made a solid start with Ian Lanning making 44 but a devastating spell of 4-8 from Ben Smith and tidy bowling from Martin Richards and Neil Hulford who both took 2-19, saw Midsomer Norton collapse to 112 all out. Matthew Edwards (3-23) and Lanning (2-31) then made it hard for the visitors but a fine knock of 54 not out from vice-captain Hulford saw Timsbury home.