Cleeve complete five-wicket home win

PUBLISHED: 09:55 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:55 19 June 2018

Ben Jones

Ben Jones

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As the crowds gathered for day two of the Cleeve Beer, Cider & Gin Festival, coupled with the family fun day, Cleeve skipper, Glenn Lewin was keen the side put in a performance after several weeks of below par results. So, on winning the toss, Redcliffe were invited to bat first.

From the off, the home side were clearly keen to please the growing crowd with tight bowling and wickets shared by all six bowlers used: Lewin (2), Connor Hance (1), Jack Wilkins (2), Mitch Want (1).

Particularly tight bowling was once again on display from the two spinners with Nikhil Bhajipale (1-9) with the pick being James Cole with 3-15 from nine overs. Redcliffe were all out in the 42nd over for just 165.

In reply, Cleeve opener James Clemmence went early, bowled for just seven leaving fellow opener James Cole and 16-year-old Ben Jones, pictured, batting at three to steady the ship. Cole departied for 47 butJones remaining unbeaten at the end with his maiden 1st team half century with 52 not out.

There was a slight flurry of wickets once Cole departed, Bhajipale (0), Gostlin (4) and Want (12) before Lewin steadied the ship with 24 not out playing second fiddle to Jones’ 52.

Cleeve ran out winners with more than 10 overs to go with then loss of just five wickets.

The win sees Cleeve move up to fourth and leaves skipper Lewin feeling happier with his side’s performance and now looking forward to an away fixture to Bristol West Indian Phoenix CC next Saturday.

Score:

St Mary Redcliffe 165
Cleeve 1st 169 for 5

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