Exciting last ball victory for Cleeve
PUBLISHED: 11:24 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:24 23 May 2018
Cleeve registered an excellent one-wicket victory at Lodway, hitting the winning run off the last ball of the match.
Lodway elected to make first use of the strip having won the toss, scoring 261-4 off their allotted 45 overs.
Only the spinners, James Cole and Nikhil Bhajipale had any real measure of control, each going for less than four an over off their full nine-over quota, each picking up a wicket. Jack Wilkins picked up two wickets off his five overs.
Tea was a chance to refuel, take some shade and contemplate the big task ahead. With openers Phil Goslin and Jack Clemmence back in the pavilion for a combined 21 runs, it was not the start required, but Bhajipale made batting look simple with a Cleeve career best of 84.
Mark Jones, Mitch Want and Glenn Lewin all made starts, but it was Andrew Barnsley notching up his first half century of the season, bowled for 51, Cole, run out for 26 pushing for the total that provided the base.
It was left to batsman 10 and 11, Wilkins and keeper Tom Carpenter, to scramble a victory off the last ball of the game to win by one run.
So, not a game for the faint hearted, leaves Cleeve standing fourth, just three points off top and a 20/20 cup match v Timsbury away tonight (Wed) where it is hoped that last year’s cup run can be repeated.
For skipper, George Parsons, winning the toss left no real decision on a dry sunny day at the George V playing fields, so Cleeve batted first.
Veteran opening pair Lee Carpenter and Carey Elswood made a great start with a combined total of 77 runs between them, Carpenter ending lbw for 52.
Useful contributions from Jamie Elswood (19), Parsons (27 not out) played second fiddle to Archie Ferris, returning from a year in Australia to bludgeon 83 not out to include nine fours and three sixes as Cleeve finished on 230-4 off their 40 overs.
In reply, Nailsea never really looked like competing with tight bowling from opening bowlers Louis Ferris and Tom Redding, with the latter picking up a wicket.
Spinners Mike Smith and Kelston Crew picked up the other three wickets between them to back up a sharp run out by Charlie Grubb. Nailsea ending the day, falling 49 runs short on 181-5.