Cleeve clinch seventh straight victory in the rain

PUBLISHED: 09:37 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:37 01 August 2018

Cleeve 2nd XI.

Cleeve 2nd XI.

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Cleeve 1st XI clinched their seventh straight consecutive victory on the trot with a seven-wicket success over West United.

West United 202-7

(rain revised to 175)

Cleeve 176-3

Cleeve’s young skipper, Glenn Lewin, seeking a seventh consecutive win, had no hesitation in asking West to bat first on winning the toss.

Opening bowler Andrew Barnsley struck early removing Patel for just five, courtesy of a fine catch by Mitch Want, ending with 2-40. Nikhil Bhajipale came on first change and soon removed West’s other opener and his controlled spell yielded just 14 runs off nine overs.

Paceman Joe Hance pulled up after just one over with a hamstring issue, while Jack Wilkins secured another wicket for 28 runs. Off-spinner James Cole picked up two more wickets from good catches ending with 2-40.

Left-arm spinner Sam Williams collected another wicket, stumped due to great glove work from keeper Tom Carpenter, with Want going wicket-less off his two overs.

In reply, Lewin and Williams strode out to the middle looking to make a good start. The pair looked to be in no trouble before Lewin was run out for 19. Youngster Ben Jones joined the fray adding another 14 runs to the total before leaving the scene caught.

A rain delay provided a revised target of 175 runs off 39 overs. Want arrived for a brief blast of two fours, departing caught for just eight.

This brought in-form Andy Barnsley to the crease. With Williams, he nudged the ball around, as the rain fell, both passing half-centuries before reaching the revised target in the 35th over, with Barnsley not out on 52 and Williams on 56.

Despite another great win, Cleeve still lie third, just five points behind Lodway in second place and 21 points off Bath sitting top.

A local derby at home to Long Ashton awaits on Saturday.

Cleeve 2nd XI 277-6

Downend 3rd XI 156-6

Veteran Phil Gostlin and Jamie Elswood were tasked with opening the batting on a dry pitch with some uneven bounce, but the pair started like an express train scoring at double figures rate before Elswood was caught behind for 30, with Cleeve on 51 in the eighth over.

After losing a couple of wickets, Ben Hiles joined Gostlin and the pair put on 142 for the fourth wicket before Hiles departed for 74. Shortly after, Gostlin reached as well deserved century, finally departing for a tired 101.

Dan Dixon scored six before being caught, leaving not out batsmen Carey Elswood (3) and Stuart Williams (32) at the end, posting a commanding 277-6.

Louis Ferris picked up a wicket with his second ball, finishing with 2-12, with fellow opening bowler Connor Hance picking up 1-29. Youngster Max Viney replaced Ferris and soon collected another wicket leaving Downend on 37-3. There then followed a partnership of 72, before off spinner Dan Jones took two wickets.

As the rain began to fall, it was decided to leave the field, Cleeve running out winners on a higher scoring rate.

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