Cleeve defeat at home by five wickets

PUBLISHED: 14:20 30 August 2017

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Cleeve were defeated by West United by five wickets in their latest league match.

Cleeve 1st XI 197

West United 200-5

Summer arrived at last at the King George V playing fields where skipper Glenn Lewin winning the toss had no hesitation in electing to bat.

That decision looked flawed as openers Sam Williams and Jack Clemmence were back in the hutch for a combined score of just 10 runs. James Cole (30) steadied the ship while batsmen came and went at the other end, with Dan Jones, guyNikhil Bhjipale, veteran Mark Jones and Glen Lewin out for a combined 17 runs.

It was left for the lower order to wag with Mike Luker (39), John Bluett (9) and Tom Carpenter (19) to add some runs with top scorer Conner Hance with a measured 45.

In reply, West United never really looked in much trouble, despite good bowling from Lewin with 1-23 from nine overs, one wicket for Bhajipale, a run out for Williams and two consolation wickets for Jones off his three overs towards the end, as United knocked off the runs in the 42nd over.

Cleeve 2nd XI 185-9

Hanham 2nd XI 186-6

Unusually for recent weeks, Cleeve arrived with 11 players and it was no surprise when captain Kelston Crew returned from the toss to announce that Cleeve had been asked to bat.

Phil Goslin was bowled early for three, while watchful veteran, Carey Elswoood, rested from his summer holidays, anchored the inning with a top scoring 55. Dan Dixon was run out for 11 where running his bat him would have probably saved him.

Stuart Williams was out for 41 and 18-year-old Jamie Elswood blasted a quickfire 45, while George Parsons was bowled on the last ball of the inning for a useful 11.

After a much-needed tea, the pitch behaved much better, but this gave no excuses as the Cleeve bowlers combined to gift Hanham a total of 39 extras to include 22 wides.

That did not account for three lots of overthrows providing yet more runs on a plate for the opposition. That said there were some great bowling performances by Jamie Elswood (nine overs 0-33), Crew (2-7), Louis Ferris (1-5) and Tom Redding three overs 2-12. Catches were well taken and there was a great run out from young Louis Ferris.

Hanham won in the 42nd over, leaving Cleeve wondering what might have been if they could have bowled more regularly between the wide line markers.

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