Claverham secure excellent victory over Lansdown

PUBLISHED: 14:19 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 17 May 2017

Ottery 2nds at home to Paington. Ref shsp 20-17TI 3084. Picture: Terry Ife

Ottery 2nds at home to Paington. Ref shsp 20-17TI 3084. Picture: Terry Ife

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Claverham won their first-ever Premier 2 match with an excellent all-round performance against Lansdown.

Claverham 1st XI 316-7

Lansdown 1st XI 265-8

Claverham 1st XI secured their first-ever win in Premier 2 with an excellent all-round performance.

Home grown youngsters James Copeland (68), Lloyd Richardson (72), Ryan Thorpe (51) and Dominic Hooper (47), helped power the Henley Lane side to an imposing 316 from their 50 overs.

Copeland notched his first-ever first team half-century and helped create the platform for Thorpe and Hooper to capitalise on towards the end of the innings. Hooper’s brutal 47 came from just 20 balls as he launched the ball to all parts cheered on by a healthy travelling Claverham support. Skipper Lloyd Richardson had earlier carried on his exceptional start to the season with a classy run-a-ball 72.

After tea, Pierre (1-24) Hooper (1-62) and James Bird (1-35) made important inroads, but it was probably wicketless Sam Jukes with (0-28) from eight quick overs that swung the game in Claverham’s favour.

When Hooper brilliantly ran out Addy (55), the match swung back in the visitor’s favour. Needing nearly eight-an-over, Richardson turned to the old campaigner and man of the match Keith Miles, who tormented Lansdown with his nagging line, length and swing to finish with 4-50 from nine overs as the home side and particularly Jordan Smith (117), threatened to achieve the impossible and chase down the big total.

Claverham are at home to Keynsham this Saturday in what should be another fascinating match.

YMCA 154

Claverham 2nd XI 156-2

Claverham seconds make it two wins from two with another promising performance from Mat Croker’s side as they beat YMCA by eight wickets at Henley Lane.

Two wickets from the unpredictable James Fairall and three from the experienced Sean Cutler pegged the visitors back, but once again it was the spin of young Max Horton (4-35) that finished the Bristol side back as they were eventually dismissed for an under par 154.

Claverham eased to victory after tea as man of the match Sam Waring launched into the visiting attack and powered his way to 94 from just 73 balls.

At the other end, evergreen Richard Horton had settled himself in for the supporting role and finished unbeaten and unruffled on 29.

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