HAYDEN Botha scrambled a single off the final ball of the match to clinch Frampton Cotterell an exciting two-wicket home win against Abbots Leigh in Division Two of the Globe Sports Bristol & District League.
These sides were promoted together last season, with champions Frampton settling quickly to sit in third place at the start of play while Abbots Leigh have battled to find their feet in last place.
But the visitors could not have been closer to a second win of the summer in a game reduced to a 33-overs per side contest by rain.
Abbots Leigh reached 169-6 thanks to the big hitting of James Holdsworth whose 47 included four fours and four sixes after Chris Bridge’s earlier 48.
Darren Weeks (3-33 from nine) and Rob Godby (2-34) then made inroads into the Frampton innings before Botha kept his nerve in a dramatic conclusion.
Only one other result was possible in this division because of rain, opener Ibhad Paresh’s unbeaten 107 putting West United on course for a four-wicket triumph at Failand & Portbury, Gururaj Kulkani also contributing 49.
Earlier, opener Simon Bachelor (56) top scored in Failand’s 218-8, Onkar Kale claiming 4-65.
Just one match was completed in the Senior Division, Bradley Stoke (152-5) overcoming bottom side Stoke Bishop by 17 runs.
Skipper Dan Peachey (39) helped Stoke total 152-5 from their 33 overs before Wayne Passmore – last season’s leading bowler in the league with 53 victims – claimed 4-21 with Mark Baber (3-19) and Bhushan Mankar (2-22 from ten) lending valuable support.
Division Three leaders St Mary Redcliffe were one-wicket winners against Barrow Gurney (139), and Bristol Lions trumped Pak Bristolians IIs by 30 runs.
Old Elizabethans turned in a miserly effort with the ball to overcome Taveners by 51 runs in Division Four.
James Polkinghorne (26) and number ten Stuart Turner (25 not) boosted the Elizabethans total to 127 as David Adams finished with 4-25 from eight overs.
Taveners were then unable to withstand the pressure exerted by Ross Holbrook (3-35), Turner (2-3), Matt Moller (2-13) and Simon Preen (2-19).
Gordano Valley clinched their third victory of the campaign after dismissing Almondsbury IIs for 58 and going on to seal a nine-wicket success.
Division Five leaders Winterbourne A romped home by 93 runs against Bristol Asians IIs, opener Alex Heath top scoring on 53 before Dave Moller (4-24), Tom Parker (2-14) and Lewis Ford (2-18) struck.
Rakesh’s 66 was in vain for Bristol Malayalee who went down to a seven-wicket reverse against Nailsea IIs.
Manoj (81) and Pradeep (62 not) guided BAC to an eight-wicket win against Portishead IIs who totalled 239-9.
Lee Shorney’s unbeaten 76 featured nine fours and three sixes and helped guide Bedminster A to a three-wicket home win against Cleeve IIs in Division Six.
John Hance (79) and opener Glenn Lewin (54) had earlier top scored for Cleeve as Andy Sheldrake struck with 4-41 from 12 overs.