Cleeve keep up promotion push with another victory

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 August 2018

Andrew Barnsley.

Andrew Barnsley.

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Cleeve kept up their promotion push with a six-wicket victory over St Mary Redcliffe.

St Mary Redcliffe 211-8

Cleeve 214-4

Searching for a ninth win in 10 outgoings, Cleeve captain Glenn Lewin won the toss and asked Redcliffe to bat first.

Despite Bristol City playing at home, season ticket holder and opening bowler Andy Barnsley was persuaded to take the new ball and soon had Redcliffe opener Gareth Yandell bowled for one in a tight spell of 1-22.

Soon off spin was operating from both ends as James Cole and Nikhil Bhajipale took control, Cole taking the other opener’s scalp courtesy of a Mitch Want catch (1-31). Bhajipale collected two more with a caught and bowled (2-35) and a Joe Hance catch.

Lewin continued to call the changes with Hance, Want and Jack Wilkins, all failing to secure a breakthrough.

Connor Hance (2-21) was brought into the attack picking up Redcliffe’s top scorer Jason Loud, bowled for 50, followed by another wicket, as Lewin returned to collect his first wicket (1-38) as Redcliffe posted 211-8 from their 45 overs.

In reply, Cleeve’s opening pair of Lewin and Williams made a steady start before Lewin departed for 23. All-rounder Barnsley continued with Williams before the latter was caught for 42.

Bhajipale and Barnsley continued the run chase, before Barnsley left the scene caught for an excellent half century with Bhajipale falling short of his, lbw for 46.

Want and Dan Jones raced to the finish with a flurry of boundaries, with Cleeve running out winners by six wickets with more than 12 overs remaining.

Cleeve remain third by just three points as leaders Bath and Lodway both won their matches. On Saturday, Cleeve host Bristol West Indians and with just two games left to play, there are three sides competing for the two promotion spots.

Cleeve 2nd XI 136

Bitton 2nd XI 137-2

An understrength Cleeve side were asked to bat first on a wicket slightly damp following rain over the previous few days.

Veteran Mark Jones and Jack Clemmence opened for Cleeve and did well before Jones edged to the keeper for 26 with the score on 62. Wickets began to tumble as Clemmence (22) and George Parson were dismissed, leaving Cleeve on 71-3.

Wickets continued to tumble as Louis Ferris departed caught and bowled for three, Williams holed out to mid-wicket for 11 before Mike Smith was lbw to give Dennis Mullins for his hat-trick. Kelson Crew (13) and Max Viney (20) reached double figures, leaving Josh Geal (9 not out) and Harry Parsons to take the score to 136 in the 36th over.

After the break, opening bowler Ferris (1-29), bowled Bitton’s opener with his third ball. Shortly afterwards, a mix-up resulted in an excellent run out courtesy of Alex Lewin to leave Bitton rocking on 21-2.

After this, the batsmen looked settled, helped by three dropped catches and an under-strength bowling attack.

Spells from Viney, Crew, Williams, Clemmence, Smith and Parsons ended wicketless, as promotion-chasing Bitton ran out comfortable winners by eight wickets.

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