Claverham take a hammering but move off the bottom

PUBLISHED: 14:47 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 July 2017

Duval Pierre.

Duval Pierre.

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Despite losing by 192 runs against Taunton St Andrews, Claverham moved off the bottom of the table thanks to batting bonus points.

Taunton St Andrews 420-5 dec

Claverham 228

It shows how far Claverham have come in a short space of time when the opposition can boast two current Somerset professionals in Michael Leask and Ed Byrom as Taunton St Andrews could on Saturday.

Not surprisingly then when winning the toss Taunton decided to bat and with skipper Richardson missing four regulars, this was going to be the biggest test of the season so far for the Yatton-based side.

The day started well when Pierre nipped out Byrom for just two, but that introduced Leask early and the Scottish international set about the visiting attack like a man possessed. 123 balls later Leask was finally dismissed by debutant Adam Hadfield for a brutal 212 which included 27 fours and nine sixes.

Captain Reagan was able to declare and push for a bonus point leaving the Claverham batsmen contemplating what would be a WEPL record chase of 421 as they tucked in to their tea and biscuits. Given the carnage throughout Mitch Bench’s 3-59 from 10 overs was the stand-out bowling performance for Claverham.

With batting order changes and new faces in the side, Claverham made the worst possible start as Bench (0) Richardson (0) and Hooper (4) trudged back for an early shower.

At 22-3 needing another 400, local bookies would have been happily paying out on a home win and they would have been right to. Only Pierre (71), who is at last beginning to find some good form and evergreen Keith Miles (46) who launched a few Leask like blows of his own to take Claverham to maximum batting points made any significant impact.

Youngster Jonny Cutler called up from the seconds batted solidly with Miles to finish with a creditable 22 not out, but the hosts finished well short of the mammoth target.

Another tough day of cricket for the Henley Lane side, but thanks to the bonus points gained, Claverham moved off the bottom of the table by leapfrogging Lansdown who visit Claverham this Saturday for what both teams will recognise as a must win game.

Anyone reading this with connections to Claverham Cricket would be welcome to come along and support the 1sts in what will be a tense affair. Skipper Richardson will certainly welcome a large and noisy crowd for the biggest game of his short captaincy.

Chew Magna 2nd XI 162

Claverham 2nd XI 159

Meanwhile back in Yatton, the 2nd XI were defeated in a thriller at Henley Lane. Five for 16 from 7.1 overs from stand-in skipper Roger Hooper helped restrict Chew to 162, but on a used and worn wicket, runs were hard to come by and even the prolific Richard Horton (61) was not at his usual fluent self.

When Horton was dismissed at 112-5, the pressure on the patched-up Claverham side increased. Skipper Hooper (21) responded, but wickets tumbled at the other end leaving last man Steve Raymond at the crease needing eight to win.

Lovingly known as Caveman by the members at Claverham, Raymond swept his first ball for four to the delight of the noisy crowd, but when he tried to repeat the shot next ball he was trapped lbw and an entertaining match came to an end.

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