Failand thirds tie with league leaders

PUBLISHED: 14:43 22 June 2011

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Lowly Failand and Portbury thirds tied with league leaders Bristol Indians in an exciting encounter.

LOWLY Failand & Portbury thirds hosted runaway leaders Bristol Indians, who having batted first on a firm wicket.

Steve Fear and Bernard Raines bowled a tight opening spell, but Vivek survived from an early missed catch to hammer six sixes and and 11 fours in a fine knock of 92. A late burst from Jamie Fear (4-40) and Sudesh (2-32) saw the innings close in the 37th over for 218.

A solid reply saw Lyndon Prendergast and Himansu produce an opening stand of 73 in 16 overs, before the latter was caught on the boundary for an exciting 42.

Prendergast soon followed when run out. John Parfitt and Sam Gunarathne then added exactly 100 when the former was run out for 29.

With the rate nearing 10 an over, Gunarathne was still batting with supreme confidence and despite three more run outs, he looked to have won the game in the last over with two huge sixes, but lost the strike with one ball remaining.

A scrambled single saw the match tied and Gunarathne was unlucky to be deprived of a well-deserved century, ending on 97 not out, despite having hit five sixes and 12 fours.

■ Mitch Francuz (15), a pupil at Gordano School, was the star with the bat when Failand Sunday XI beat Wedmore by three wickets.

Batting first, Wedmore were bowled out for 147 as Maurice Perl took 4-41 and John Meredith 3-37.

In reply, the Failand innings was held together by Francuz in an excellent innings of 63 not out, his first senior half-century. Other contributors with the bat included Paul Bachelor (11), John Skinner (11) and Meredith (11).


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