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Brislington (278-9) beat Frome (191-all out) by 87 runs – West of England Premier, Sat. 8th August

Frome went into their game against 3rd placed Brislington in a positive mood after their win in the previous week.

After losing the toss and being asked to field on a hot day, missing several key players, Frome knew they were going to have to battle to take the points back with them.

Paul Sanger and Mark Watts took the new ball and tried hard in difficult conditions, but the boundaries flowed as Brislington got off to a flyer. Paul Sanger picked up the only wicket in the early stages but the score quickly passed 100.

Ollis and Khanapurkar batted well but both were let off with hard chances being put down. The partnership was finally broken by Simon Edwards as Khanapurkar held out and deep mid wicket with the score on 130.

Frome continued to leak runs and with Brislington well set with 200 on the board and only 2 wickets down, the Frome bowlers knew they had to take wickets to drag it back.

Mark Sanger and Alex Bleakley bowled the final 20 overs and although runs were still flowing, both bowlers were picking up wickets which dragged the rate back. Sanger picked up 4 wickets and Bleakley ended with 3 as Frome fought back as Brislington ended on 278-9.

In reply Frome started well as Dan Dredge was consistently hitting boundaries. After racing to 53 the partnership was broken as Charlie Smith was bowled for 9.

The introduction of spinner Khanapurkar changed the game in Brislington’s favour. He ripped through the top order including Dredge for 45 and Bleakley for 7. His spell of 4-16 from his 10 overs was the turning point in the match.

The visitors tried to rebuild with Gullock and Smart but Frome found themselves in real trouble after they were both dismissed leaving them on 111-6.

This brought Hamblin and Watts to the crease and a fantastic partnership between the two got Frome over 175 giving them 3 batting points. Frome were eventually bowled out for 191, falling 87 runs short.

Frome host Old Bristolians at home in their next fixture where they will be looking to improve and make home advantage count in a earlier start of 12.30pm.