Rain holds up Clevedon’s title ambitions

PUBLISHED: 08:23 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 15 August 2018

Danny Williams and Will Plummer appeal for lbw.

Danny Williams and Will Plummer appeal for lbw.

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Clevedon’s title aspirations were put on hold as rain wiped out their match against Bristol, but they still hold a healthy lead.

Bristol 75-3

Clevedon

Match abandoned after 22 overs

Piers McBride gazing skyward for a silver lining

I’ve been worried all week what with one thing and another. I still can’t get my head around anything even remotely connected with Brexit.

I am decimated by the fact that Love Island will no longer be with us, I am petrified that Clevedon Town football at the Hand Stadium will steal my highly coveted pride of place on the back page of the NST while the cricket season is far from over and I find myself lying awake night after night convinced that Bath will somehow conjure up the 34 points they need to steal the league championship title from under Clevedon’s nose.

Reporting on Clevedon’s championship chasing season has been far from simple and I have had to overcome various medical bumps in my own road while my good wife has driven me from Goatacre to Bedminster and back again. Still, you know me, I’m not one to complain, after all stoicism is my middle name.

Back from injury after a month out, pace ace Matt Carpenter looked sprightly enough opening the bowling down the slope while at the other end, left-arm spinner, what else is new.

Will Thirkell somehow contrived to miss a regulation caught and bowled opportunity after totally bemusing the much feared opening bat. Not to worry though, a smart diving catch from keeper Will Plummer rewarded a rather ill-tempered but fired up Carpenter with the score at 26 and when Danny Williams snared Bracey lbw for just 16, Clevedon were in the ascendancy.

Williams clean bowled the dangerous Will Young for 24 and with Thirkell conceding just 26 runs from his 10-over spell Bristol found runs at a premium.

At 75-3 from 22 overs the drizzle turned into rain and there was nothing of note to report after that. Clevedon took seven points from this game while closest rivals Bath picked up eight from their encounter with Downend.

In passing it’s worth noting that only one match in the league was played to completion and it featured relegation candidates Frocester chasing 209 from 34 overs against Bridgwater.

Andrew Solomons opened the batting and smote 90 runs off 52 deliveries, seven sixes and eight fours while at the other end his opening partner made 52 from 68 balls. The pair added 141 for the first wicket in just 20 odd overs, but Bridgwater hit back to win by 19 runs.

Here we are then with three matches remaining and a 34-point lead over our closest rivals Bath. This weekend Clevedon play host to relegation-battling Goatacre who must win in order to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

A victory for Jake Lintott and his heroic squad might indeed clinch the league title at Dial Hill with a lead of 34 points over Bath what can possibly go wrong?

West of England Premier League standings, all played 15: Clevedon, 261 pts; Bath 227; Downend 215; Bristol 198; Potterne 198; Bedminster 180; Bridgwater 171; Taunton St Andrew 156; Goatacre 137; Frocester 132.

Danny Williams and keeper Will Plummer appeal for lbw. Picture: Jason Crane.

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