Cleeve hit back to beat table-topping Bath

PUBLISHED: 08:22 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:22 15 August 2018

Sam Williams and Glen Lewin.

Sam Williams and Glen Lewin.

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Cleeve produced a fine performance to defeat league leaders Bath 3rd XI to remain in the promotion hunt.

Bath 111

Cleeve 114-0

After a below par performance versus Long Ashton the previous week, Cleeve’s skipper Glenn Lewin was keen to make amends on what was a must-win game against table-topping Bath thirds.

Bath lost the toss and were asked to bat first. The return of Cleeve’s opening bowler, Andrew Barnsley (2-31) provided some extra bite to the Cleeve attack and was instantly causing Bath issues with the swinging ball and soon had Bath’s opener Sam Critchard caught by with the score on just four.

Lewin took the ball at the other end and bowled with accuracy that eluded him the previous week and soon had the other opener walking back to the pavilion, bowled for 22.

Another wicket each for Cleeve’s openers followed with Bath teetering on 44-4 as Lewin picked up another scalp. Spin was soon operating from both ends with Nikhil Bhajipale soon in on the act courtesy of a Sam Williams catch and Bath 49-6. Shortly after, the rain came down so tea was taken in the 23rd over.

After an extended rain break, the game was reduced to 30 overs each as the sides resumed. Jack Wilkins (1-13) was next in on the act picking up a wicket. Bhajipale (2-30) collected his second wicket, stumped by keeper Tom Carpenter, with Bath 84-8.

Cole registered a wicket, bowled (1-18) and Sam Williams’ accurate throw on the last ball resulted in a run out and Bath all out for just 111. Lewin was the pick of the Cleeve attack with figures of nine overs, 3-17.

In reply, Lewin and Williams were soon in full flow, with Lewin passing 50 in the just the 13th over with the score at 82-0.

The win came with another Lewin boundary ending on 76 not out (12 fours and one six) and Williams 34 not out in the 17th over, with Cleeve winning by 10 wickets and collecting maximum batting and bowling points in the process.

Despite that great effort, second-placed Lodway also managed to dodge the showers to run out winners of their match, so Cleeve remain third, now by just two points and 13 points off Bath, who remain top.

Cleeve’s promotion challenge continues on Saturday as they travel to St Mary Redcliffe in the search for their nineth win in 10 outings.

Cleeve 2nd XI 119-6

Hampset 2nd XI

Cleeve travelled to Bath to lose the toss on what was a wet wicket and were asked to bat first.

Veteran opening pair Phil Gostlin and Charlie Grubb put on 43 for the first wicket before Grubb holed out for 13. Two more wickets fell before Dan Dixon and Stuart Williams put on 45 before Williams departed for 20 with the score on 94-4.

More wickets fell to reduced Cleeve to 119-6 at the end of the 34th over before the game was abandoned.

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