Cleeve move up to third spot after latest victory

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

Jack Clemmence.

Jack Clemmence.

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Cleeve moved up to third spot in the league table after defeating Bohemians by five wickets.

Having lost the toss, Cleeve took to the field and bowled Bohemians out for 207.

Cleeve skipper Glenn Lewin changed his bowlers around well with the opposition never really getting away. Debutant Greg Thew bowled with some fire, picking up 3-60.

But not for the first time, Lewin turned to his trio of spinners with guyNikhil Bhajapale unusually wicketless, but economical with nine overs for 31, but James Cole (eight overs 3-45) and Sam Williams (6.1 overs 3-19), helped bowl out Bohemians all out for 207 in the 43rd over.

Cleeve’s reply was solid with openers Cole (14) and Jack Clemmence, the latter finally caught for a maiden first team 50 in the 29th over. Quickfire innings from Williams (30) and Mitch Want (38), comprising 14 fours between them, a solid 39 not out from Bhajipale and Thew chipping in with a 17 not out, helped win the game in the 34th over by five wickets. The win took Cleeve up to third in the table.

Winning the toss, 2nd XI captain Kelston Crew, returning from a week off, choose to bat first.

Father and son opening pair Mark and Dan Jones provided an excellent platform with 46 and 25 respectively (dad taking the honours). Charlie Grubb, in at three, dominated the bowling with a commanding 88 comprising 12 fours and four sixes off just 91 balls.

Mike Luke’s (22) and young Will Grubb (17) were the only others to make double figures, enabling Cleeve to reach 241-7.

In reply, Whitchurch had a solid start with 78 between them, but despite a flurry of wickets, the middle order enabled the home side to reach their target with over three overs to spare by five wickets.

The wickets were shared by 15-year-old Louis Ferris with nine overs 2-59 and Dan Jones with 3-42 off his nine.

A disappointing end to the day for Cleeve, who continue to post decent scores but not quite having the bowling firepower to secure the much-needed win.Charlie Grubb.

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