A more sedate week for the Major Cup with only two fixtures taking place.
Defending champions Bedminster hit a commanding 180-7 against Brislington, thanks to contributions from Garreth Elphick, Steve Snell and Cameron Melly. Josh Noel was the pick of the Brislington bowlers finishing with 3-20 from his four overs. Brislington were determined not to roll over too easily, and Parag Khanapukar led from the front hitting 7 fours and 5 sixes as he struck 77 from 47 balls, unfortunately the total proved to be a few too many and Bedminster wrapped up a 17 runs win and booked their place in the quarter finals.
Our second Major Cup fixture of the week saw Ilminster over come Yeovil by 32 runs. 30s from Jon Hurford, Sam Spurway and Josh Lee helped Ilminster on their way to 156-6. Yeovil made a good attempt at chasing it down, but 3-21 from u16 JT Langridge, as well as two a piece for Adam Cox and Sam Grinter ensured Ilminster progressed to the next round.
Keynsham v Bath
Taunton St Andrews v Bridgwater
Ilminster v Shapwick & Polden
Clevedon v Bedminster
Five fixtures were completed in the Intermediate Cup last week. First up, Timsbury posted 194-3 thanks to a 132 runs opening partnership between Mark Sage and Jack Williams. Temple Cloud by no means disgraced themselves as Andrew Mortimer hit 84, including 6 fours and 5 sixes but they came up short as their innings closed on 159-4.
North Newton hosted Taunton St Andrews in a more sedate affair, posting 108-6, Theo Draper was the pick of the TSA bowlers, finishing with 2-17. TSA’s Jordan Lee and Daniel Godfrey responded by helping guide their side to within touching distance of victory, before captain Jordan Clapp and evergreen Martin Jenkins saw them home in the 13th over.
Shapwick & Polden batted first against Crewkerne, and thanks to solid contributions from Sam Patey, Lee Edmunds, Ben Troman, Jack Western and Paul Lang, posted 193-5 in their 20 overs. Sam Patey then returned figured of 5-17 as Crewkerne closed on 133-9.
Half centuries from Ryan Llewellyn and Matt Huxtable were not enough for Cheddar to see off Cleeve. Joe Hance picked up 3-33 for Cleeve as Cheddar posted 163-6. Wickets were shared amongst the Cheddar bowlers, but extras cost them dearly, as Glenn Lewin hit 58 to help Cleeve record victory with 8 balls to spare.
Our final Intermediate Cup game saw Bridgwater’s John Hill and Ben Coombes building a competitive 180-4, which, despite some good top order runs from Trull, was 50 too many, and Trull found themselves bowled out in the 18th over.
Cleeve v Winscombe
Midsomer Norton v Timsbury
Shapwick & Polden v Long Sutton
Taunton St Andrews v Bridgwater
Competition newcomers Shaftesbury Road marched on into the Quarter Finals as they defeated Lympsham & Belvedere by 9 wickets. Jack Allen was the pick of the Shaftesbury Road bowlers, finishing with 4-10 as Lympsham were all out for 73. Jake Mawford then carried his bat for 41, and was well supported by Christopher Kennell as they wrapped up their win inside 10 overs.
Some middle order runs helped Huish & Langport post 121-7, with Yeovil’s Joseph Kember taking 3-15. Despite Yeovil losing an early wicket, William Boucher led from the front and carried his side home with a comfortable 8 wickets in hand.