Premier 2 Bristol/Som
Bishopston 168-8 beat Shapwick & Polden 166 by 2 wkts

SHAPWICK & Polden dropped to third-bottom in Premier 2 after they were edged out by Bishopston in a low-scoring encounter on Saturday.

The hosts chose to bat first and lost opener James Spearing for a golden duck to the bowling of Ryan Adams, who then removed captain Sam Edmunds for 15.

Steven Tinnion progressed to 48 before he fell to leave Shapwick 93-3, and the middle order of Wayne Spencer (21), Fionn Hand (20) and Alex Ralston (21) all chipped in as the home side eyed up a decent total.

However, Bishopston ran through the Shapwick lower order as the hosts fell from 145-5 to 166 all out.

Shapwick needed early wickets in reply, but had to wait until the score had reached 33 before Steve Coppell dismissed Jacob Duffy (16).
Harry Woolway (3-32) then picked up three quickfire scalps to leave the visitors struggling on 63-4, which became 93-6 thanks to a double breakthrough from Wayne Spencer (2-19).

At that stage Shapwick were favourites, but a vital 46 from Jamie Tapper took Bishopston towards victory and, though the hosts took two more late wickets to set up a tense finale, Bishopston got over the line with two wickets and 9.2 overs to spare.

TONIGHT (Tuesday), Shapwick & Polden entertain a Somerset CCC XI as part of James Hildreth’s testimonial year.

The match, which begins at 5.30pm, is preceded by the opening of Shapwick’s new pavilion (5pm), while there will be a BBQ, coloured kit and a bowling competition.

Admission is £5.