Banwell & Churchill complete third win on the trot

PUBLISHED: 09:25 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:25 19 June 2015

Banwell & Churchill registered their third win on the trot against Leigh-on-Mendip.

GOING into the game, Banwell & Churchill were possibly fielding their strongest side of the season as they hosted Leigh-on-Mendip at Ladymead Lane.

Batting first, Banwell soon lost Mark Biggs, but Brad Carter (58) and Jakob Gale (51) put on over 100 before both were out with the score on 127-3 after 25 overs.

Jermaine Jones (26), Kieran Gale (12), Brett Diver (32), helped by Chard, Kulkarni, Brooks and Bush managed to take the total to 213-9.

After tea, Andy Brooks and Dale Chard were the chosen opening pair to start the bowling attack and despite not taking wickets, kept the Leigh batsmen quiet.

Changes were made as Banwell, although in the driving seat, were no nearer to the breakthrough wicket. It was their overseas signing Guru Kulkarni, over from Calcutta in his first season at the club, who dismissed Vassalli (31) as he gloved one behind to Gale.

Meanwhile, Bush was proving difficult to hit and Kulkarni varying deliveries, Leigh were struggling to find the runs as Banwell’s fielding was on form.

Kulkarni picked up the wicket of the dangerous looking Brand for 31 and this seemed to end the away team’s chances as they were 155-5 off 38 overs.

Kulkarni finished his spell with figures of 4-50 off his 12 overs, and was replaced by the returning Brooks, who finished the tail off and ended up with 3-24 off 11 overs. Biggs took a wicket and ended with 1-37 off nine.

Leigh on Mendip ended their innings on 185-8 and fell 29 runs short in their chase. Banwell & Churchill picked up 33 points with Leigh on Mendip taking 18 for their efforts.

This third win on the bounce lifts Banwell & Churchill up to fourth in the table after a poor start to the season losing their opening four games.

On Saturday, Banwell travel to sixth-placed Wedmore who are just five points behind them, looking to keep up their recent form in a 1.30pm start.

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