Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Nigel Armstrong hit 75 for Portishead in their victory at home to Almondsbury.
BATTING first, Almondsbury looked well set at 119-3 with 12 overs remaining, but when Portishead’s Rob Chick was brought back for his second spell, four wickets fell without further addition to the total.
Rob finished with 5-28 as the last seven wickets went down for just 17 runs. Greg Walters picked up 2-31 and there was a wicket apiece for Dave Colyer, Don McMillan and Nigel Armstrong as the visitors were bowled out for 136.
In reply, Portishead’s top three were back in the hutch with only 26 on the board. Nigel Armstrong (75) and Chris Bridge (30 not out) added 108 for the fourth wicket before Nigel was dismissed with just three runs required, with Bridge ensuring the target was reached in the 28th over.
The Seconds gained an easy victory at Coombe Dingle, bowling University Staff out in just 28 overs for 56, with none of the batsmen reaching double figures.
Rich Bache picked up 3-19 from 12 overs, with the other wickets falling to Toby Francis (3-8), Nick Walker (2-12) and Joe Rowsell (1-9).
Openers Joe Rowsell and Brad McRitchie both fell for ducks, but Garth Tiley (34 not out) and Toby Francis (22 not out) then blasted four fours and five sixes as victory was achieved in the sixth over.
On Sunday, Bradley Stoke were struggling at 60-4 after 20 overs, but J Coles (42) and T Batt (34) boosted the total to a respectable 157.
Jamie Haigh, Nick Webb, Mike Carver and Ross Campbell all took two wickets each.
In reply, the Portishead openers cruised to 41 by the eighth over before Ollie Savory was well caught for 21. Joe Rowsell went on to make 51, but the rest of the batting struggled as only Jake Bull (15) and Mike Savory (12) got into double figures as Portishead were bowled out for 127.