What an innings for George!

August 29 2018

GEORGE Williams walloped the first double century this season in the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League, finishing on a remarkable 269 to break a long list of records.

The opener, whose previous best score for Downend-based Churchways was just 73, survived several chances to clout 34 fours and 16 sixes off 118 balls in a Division Eight clash away to Bristol Malayalee.

Williams’ knock was the highest in Churchways’ 36-year history, and he helped the club to a 40-over declared total of 465-3 – another club landmark.

Williams and Hanzlah Malik (77 not) shared a third wicket stand of 222 – the highest partnership ever recorded by Churchways who completed a 311-run win which is another record.

Rod Penney then went on to capture 5-21 from five but he was left in the shade as Williams rounded off a perfect day by taking the final two Malayalee wickets to fall – including a dismissal off his first ball – for a return of 2-11.

Williams’ first 50 came off 39 deliveries while his 100 was from 63 and it was then 150 off 77, 200 from 97 and 250 off 113 as he overhauled Churchway’s previous highest individual score of 256 not out, by Will Purcell back in 2003.

Spare a thought, though, for Jayakumar Menon who was left high and dry on 90 as win-less Malayalee were bowled out for 154.