Cleeve well beaten away at Bath
PUBLISHED: 10:22 13 June 2018
Cleeve were beaten by six wickets away at Bath and slipped to sixth position in the league table.
Playing on the Brownsword Ground for the first time, Cleeve skipper Glenn Lewin lost the toss, with Bath electing to allow Cleeve to make first use of the track.
Cleeve fell quickly to 34-3 as openers Phil Gostlin and Lewin as well as veteran Mark Jones where back in the pavilion for a combined total of just 24 runs off the bat.
A mini revival as Nikhil Bhajipale and 16-year-old Ben Jones settled thing down before both departing for 33 and 34 respectively. The latter to the second run out in the Cleeve innings.
Andrew Barnsley and Mitch Want came and went for single figure scores before James Cole hit 29 runs to include a six as the Cleeve effort limped to 182-9 off their 45 overs.
In reply, Cleeve’s opening pair, Lewin and Barnsley, bowled with some control, but there were no heroes for Cleeve with just a wicket apiece for Cole, Jones, Jack Wilkins and Want as Bath passed Cleeve’s score in the 40th over for the loss of just four wickets.
This result leaves Cleeve lying sixth, but just nine points of fourth, so still all to play for. Lewin is sure that with some hard work this week, things will turn around as Cleeve welcome St Mary Redcliffe to the King George V Playing Fields on Saturday where a packed house is expected as the match ties in with the Cleeve Beer, Cider & Gin Festival that takes places over that weekend.
There was no surprise when Hampset decided to bat first at the King George V Playing Fields.
However, the Cleeve bowling unit were disciplined with their approach, backed up with some good fielding from what was a youthful Cleeve side.
There were wickets for Archie Ferris, Dan Jones, Josh Carpenter and two for 15-year-old Max Viney (2-11). However, the pick was opening bowler Tom Redding with seven overs, 5-30, as Hampset were all out in the final over for 183.
After the usual excellent Cleeve tea, veterans Lee Carpenter and Carey Elswood stepped out to the middle with intentions of setting a sound platform to the Cleeve innings.
Carpenter departed for 14 bringing Carey’s nephew Jamie Elswood to the crease, who went on to score 28. Archie Ferris went without troubling the scorers bringing Dan Jones (28) runs in a stand of 35.
Ricking Dunning was run out for 12 before skipper George Parsons and Josh Carpenter both went cheaply, leaving Tom Redding to knock the final runs off with Carey Elswood carrying his bat at the other end with a solid 69 not out.