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Knowle (89-4) beat Frome (88 all out) by six wickets – West of England Premier, Sat. 29th August

Frome Cricket Club lost their final home game of the season to Knowle, but an improved second half of the season will ensure that they maintain their status in the Bristol-Somerset Division following promotion last year.

Losing the toss and being asked to bat first on a wet surface following a week of heavy rain, Frome were reduced to 1-3 before a strong partnership between Bleakley and Paul Sanger moved them into a decent position.

When Bleakley was struck in the head by a ball which spat off the surface, he was forced to retire hurt, and when Sanger fell soon after the Frome innings collapsed.

Despite the late, brave return of Bleakley, Frome were eventually bowled out for 88.

In reply, Frome went in search of early wickets looking to put the visitors under pressure and at least acquire as many bonus points as possible in their bid to avoid relegation.

Watts bowled well and was rewarded with two wickets to give Frome their first bonus point, and despite two further wicket from Mark Sanger and David Dredge, Knowle eventually gained victory by six wickets.

Frome can reflect on what has been a challenging season with plenty of positives to take and can look forward to another year in tier three of the West of England Premier League.