Harry guides Clevedon to comfortable victory at Dial Hill
PUBLISHED: 10:25 13 June 2018
Clevedon moved up to second spot in the table, just one point behind leaders Downend, after this comfortable victory over Bristol.
Piers McBride purring with delight from Dial Hill
With Willian Thirkell making his 1st X1 debut, I found myself toying with the idea of coming up with a pithy headline for this report, you know the kind of thing, ‘the magic Thirkell’ ‘let the Thirkell be unbroken’ or perhaps ‘Thirkell in a spiral’.
You’ll be delighted to learn that I decided against such a tenuous opening, opting instead to pay homage to Harry Ellison’s sublime innings of 96 which was as elegant a display of batting as I have ever been privileged to witness on Dial Hill.
Let’s not get carried away though, Harry commanded the stage but there were plenty of vital contributions made by his teammates with both bat and ball.
In glorious conditions, skipper Jake Lintott had no hesitation in opting to bat first and, as usual, Clevedon very quickly found themselves at 32-2 with a rather sheepish Masoor Khan and a disgruntled Greg Willows failing to take advantage of another batsman’s paradise on Dial Hill.
Max Curtis and Harry Ellison then joined forces to add 150 for the third wicket, a virtual repeat of their double act from the previous Saturday when they shared an unbroken stand of 128.
While Max went about his business with studious patience, Harry opted to have a brief look at the visiting attack before quite clinically taking it apart.
It is impossible for this poor scribe to do justice to Harry’s most sophisticated display of batting for he was penetrating the field at will, playing the ball along the ground with delicate assurance one minute and then seeming to caress the ball out of the ground the next.
Four sixes and 10 fours illuminated Harry’s regal 82-ball 96 and he fell caught in the deep without a thought of easing his way to three figures. Max gave top quality support and his 65, six boundaries, was just the job as the score mounted at five runs an over.
An eye catching run-a-ball 31 not out from the stylish Connor Crane held the tail together and it was a world weary visitors fielding side that trooped off for tea.
Duly refreshed, Bristol made an astonishing start to their innings as opener Fin Trenouth set about Clevedon’s ace of pace Matt Carpenter from the first ball.
Batting with total abandon, Trenouth crashed three fours from Matt’s first over and then four more from his second and after three overs Bristol stood at 36 without loss.
After a frank yet muttered exchange of views with the batsmen Matt was relieved of duty and you could sense he was seething as he took his sweater and stomped into the outfield.
An arrow like throw from the deep by Danny Williams caught Trenouth short of his ground and his departure for 35 from just 15 deliveries more or less proved to be the full extent of Bristol’s hopes of victory.
A stroke of genius from skipper Lintott resulted in a still fully charged-up Carpenter being handed the ball once again and he immediately uprooted the middle stump of master batsman Will Young for just four and he repeated the dose by rearranging the furniture of William Tavare with his next delivery.
From 52-1 the visitors found themselves at 56-4 and there was no way back after that.
Clevedon’s three left-arm spinning horsemen of the Apocalypse quickly assumed total control with debutant William Thirkell taking 1-30, Masoor Khan 2-20 and skipper Jake Lintott 3-19.
The bowlers were fully backed up by high quality fielding and on this showing Clevedon have a fully balanced attack with their brigade of spinners in particular proving to be a match winning force.
This victory elevated Clevedon to second place in the WEPL table just one point adrift of early pacemakers Downend. This Saturday Jake Lintott and his team head to Goatacre and the following weekend they will play host to table topping Downend.
Standings, all played six: Downend 103 pts; Clevedon 102; Taunton St Andrews 89; Potterne 81; Bath 80; Bristol 70; Frocester 65; Goatacre 65; Bedminster 58; Bridgwater 43.
Picture: Jason Crane.