Banwell one win away from promotion

Kyran Gale batting for Banwell.

Kyran Gale batting for Banwell. - Credit: Archant

Banwell & Churchill need just one more victory to clinch promotion.

BANWELL & Churchill entertained Baltonsborough in the latest league game and came away with a 43-run victory.

Diver won the toss and decided to bat first. Biggs and Lloyd found run hard to come by and after 10 overs they had moved the score onto 30. They moved the score on 62 in the 18th over when Lloyd was caught behind for a well played 22.

Jones found scoring tough going and fell to a fine catch for nine. Gale and Biggs moved the score to148 in the 37th over when they both fell in the same over, with Biggs going for a quality 72 and Gale 23.

It was left to Bryant and Diver to try and push the score on in the last seven overs.

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They got the score up to 194-5 when the innings came to a end, with Bryant unbeaten on 23 and Diver going in the last over for 17.

Banwell got off to a perfect start when Bush got a wicket with his first ball, well caught by Bebber and then followed it up with two more wickets in the same over to reduce Baltonsborough to 3-2.

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Visiting batsman Barron quickly recovered the situation and took his team to 97 in the 13th over and going well past 50 for himself.

Diver brought himself on to take the pace off the ball and the gamble paid dividends when he removed Barron with his fourth ball, brilliantly stumped by Bebber.

Diver started picking up wickets regularly with the batsman unable to play him and Jones also chipped in a wicket (1-26), who bowled an important spell.

At 105-7 the game was in the balance with the away team more than ahead on the run chase, but did not have the wickets in hand.

Diver finished the job off taking the last three wickets, ending with figures of 6-34 and bowling out Baltonsborough for 151.

Banwell only need one more victory to guarantee promotion with four games left. On Saturday, they take the long journey to Hardington and West Coker, which will prove to be another test of the team’s mettle.

THE 2nd XI maintained their push for a high league finish with a good win at Sparkford.

They were asked to bat first and it was not until Chris Langley with 69 and Dave Eckett with 39, in a fourth wicket partnership that the innings got going. Mike Adams (11) was the only other batsman to reach double figures in a final total of 162-6.

Banwell and Churchill excelled in the field. Their ground fielding, catching and bowling was of a high standard as their hosts were bowled out for 123 to give a winning margin of 39 runs.

Dave Eckett completed another good game by taking 3-23,skipper Neil Duncan 3-33, Chris Langley 3-35 and Jerry Pearson who bowled 12 excellent overs took 1- 31.

Chris Langley, who was making a rare appearance for the club this season, was man of the match.

Catches by Ian Chadwick, Jack Masters, Langley, Duncan, Eckett and two by club chairman Jerry Wakefield are all worth a mention, along with the ground fielding of Chris Masters, Dan Allen and debutant John Biffin.

The 33 points gained sees the team maintain their position at the top of their division.

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