Carsons and Mangotsfield push for promotion

THE end of June brought the half-way point of the cricket season, with Carsons and Mangotsfield’s first team fourth in the 6th Division of the Bristol and District Cricket League.

Over the last month the team have enjoyed victories over Knowle and Patchway but lost to Keynsham. 

The second team are second in their division, by 7 points from Nailsea. They have won all three games in the last month, with the fourth being abandoned due to the weather.

The stand-out performance was from batsman Steve Sykes, who scored 162 not out against Cleeve.

The 3rd team are having a mixed season and currently sit comfortably in 7th position in their division. The main purpose was to give the young players stronger opposition, and provide developmental opportunities. The team regularly fields six or seven youth team players.

The 4th Xl are also sitting mid-table in the 30-over league.

They have only completed two games over the last month, losing to league leaders Stoke Gifford but beating Blagdon. They are also providing opportunities to the younger junior players as they take their first steps in adult cricket.

The Sunday Xl have won two of the three games completed in the last month, with the fourth also washed out. The team are fourth in Conference 2 of the North Somerset Cricket League.

The academy section is also having a strong season.

The club has again been running an All Stars programme to attract new players to the club. The feedback from the young players has been very positive. It has also provided the opportunity for some of the older youth team players to take their first steps in youth coaching.

All the teams are mixed, which is a positive position to be in. The club also offers girls the opportunity to play as part of the North Bristol Girls Hub, in girls-only fixtures.

At the time of writing the U16, U17 and U19s fixtures had just started.

Ian Coles