EXCITING WEEK 9 * COWBOYS GUN DOWN OLD ENGLAND * CLERKS TAKE 4 IN 4 TO GAIN 2ND WIN

Results

Twyford House 117 for 6 v Bristol YMCA 121 for 6 – Bristol YMCA (15 points) beat Twyford House (7 points) by 2 wickets

Frampton Cotterell 104 AO v City Clerks 107 for 6 – City Clerks (16 points) beat Frampton Cottrell (7 points) by 2 wickets

Old England 84 AO v Easton Cowboys 86 for 6 – Easton Cowboys (16 points) beat Old England (5 points) by 2 wickets

Report

EXCITING WEEK 9 * COWBOYS GUN DOWN OLD ENGLAND * CLERKS TAKE 4 IN 4 TO GAIN 2ND WIN

Had anyone asked title chasing Old England skipper Eric Stephenson, in advanced of last night match, which BICL team he would least wish to face, its likely he would have put their great rivals Easton Cowboys top of the list. Stephenson’s caution would have proved well founded too as his table topping outfit were derailed against Rob Tinkler’s party spoilers meaning the champagne must remain ‘on ice’.
In the match, towering opener R.Taylor opened the bowling for the Cowboys with a rarely seen maiden which set the tone for a nervy batting performance by Old England who stumbled to 84 by the end of the 12th over with only Iffy (22) making his mark. R.Garners impressive 4 for 14 being the stand out figures for Easton. In reply Cowboys just reached the finishing line with 2 wickets remaining with opener Dave Pool’s unbeaten 26 proving the main stay of the Cowboys winning reply.
All three fixtures ended in tense 2 wicket finishes, none more so than City Clerks unexpected but well deserved win over second placed Frampton Cotterell who desperately needed a victory to stand a realistic chance of winning the title. Clerks restricted ‘The Fram’ to 104 thanks mainly to a remarkable last over by Manesh who took a hatrick (preceeded by a run out) to desimate Framptons batting line up in just four balls. Clerk chased down the total needed with a BICL (Tuesday) record innings of 41 not out by Steve Davis. It was Clerks second win of the season and possibly the shock of the season so far!
The highly unlikely benefactors from Week 9 were Bristol YMCA who’s outside chance of being champions were greatly increased thanks to Frampton and Old England’s slip ups. Despite a superb 38 by Simon Byas of Twyford House which saw his side reach a decent 117 for 6, Chris Priest’s YMCA edged home with one ball to spare. Tom Milsom’s typically brutal 29* and some wayward from Twyford attack being the primasry factors in YM’s victory. Its all to play for in the final week……
Stats

Top 5 Best Batting
41* Steve davis (City Clerks)

38 Simon Byas
Bowling unchanged
Manesh (City Clerks) 4 for 8

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