TIMSBURY continue to set the pace in the first division of the Bristol and District Cricket League after another  convincing  74 run win in their home game against Winterbourne 2nd XI.

On a tricky pitch Timsbury were again grateful  for the consistency of Mark Sage whose innings of 43 set the pattern for a challenging total of 156 after they were asked to bat first by their opponents.

The visitors’ bowling attack belied their lowly position in the league and the home side were grateful to a knock of 24 from Kev Sibley who, together with useful contributions from Cory Versfeld and Liam Hosford, rescued Timsbury from the perils of 102-7. Charlie Bowen was in good form, taking 3-17 for the visitors.

In their reply, Winterbourne were soon in all sorts of trouble with an inspired Gary Pearcy taking 4-22 in his 4 overs as Winterbourne found themselves at 25-6. A brave knock of 34 from Johnny Day then gave the visitors hope but Sibley capped a fine all-round match with three late wickets to secure what, in the end, turned into a a comfortable victory for Timsbury.

Timsbury’s second  eleven  are still searching for their first win of the season but they put in a tremendous performance away to Pucklechurch in the fifth division of the Bristol and District League before eventually going down by 5 wickets.

After opting to bat first they made a far from auspicious start, losing half their wickets in making 36.. Sol Thompson with 23 helped in the recovery before a superb seventh wicket partnership of 113 between Sam Sparks and Zak Cox turned the game on its head .

Sparks struck 8 fours and 5 sixes before being last man out for an exhilarating 95 while Cox made an invaluable 42. Ryan Watts took 4-31 in the visitors’ innings of 202.

It was Watts with the bat who then proved the thorn in Timsbury’s side. Opening the batting he hit a quickfire 81 with 8 fours and 5 sixes and although acting captain Steve Clothier pegged the home side back with a spell of 2-22 from his eight overs  Pucklechurch got over the line with just over two overs to spare.

However, it was an extremely enjoyable game with Timsbury having their moments - but, sadly, still looking for that elusive first win of the summer.