Clevedon finish the season with victory and the championship title

PUBLISHED: 11:36 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 05 September 2018

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Clevedon finished a highly successful season with victory over Potterne, having already secured the league championship the week before.

Clevedon 215

Potterne 170

Piers McBride brings down the curtain

With the destination of the WEPL One championship title already decided in Clevedon’s favour, this encounter lacked urgency and for the most part the game was played out at almost walking pace.

That being said there were some flashes of excellence even though players on both sides seemed intent on bringing the season to a close with as little excitement as possible.

Batting first on a rather unpredictable wicket, Clevedon made haste from the start as Masoor Khan and Max Curtis added 31 in just four overs but it couldn’t last and sure enough Max perished for 15 rather hectic runs.

Connor Crane bade hail and farewell for just two before Harry Ellison (43), and Mas Khan shared the only meaningful partnership of the innings, 69 for the third wicket.

Cameron Harding chipped in with 17 before Masoor’s rather laborious occupation of the crease drew to a close at 49 from 98 deliveries.

Skipper Jacob Lintott, William Thirkell and Jake Rowe shared just two runs between them before Will Plummer chanced his arm with a short, but sweet assault on the visiting attack with three fours in his 23 but it took a last wicket partnership of 30 between a belligerent Matt Carpenter, 20 at a run a ball, and Danny Williams, seven not out, to take the total past 200.

Potterne’s innings was as equally pedestrian as that of their hosts so there is no need for me to bore you with too many details.

Clevedon’s bowlers were all treated with the greatest of respect and as usual Dan Williams (1-29), Will Thirkell (2-4) and Matt Carpenter (2-31) ensured that runs were at a premium.

Needless to say it was captain Jacob Lintott who took centre stage with the ball his figures of 5-28 from 10 overs not flattering him in the slightest.

Once again Clevedon fielded superbly with a spectacular one-handed grab by Masoor Khan and a miraculous diving catch by Danny Williams drawing ooh’s and ahhh’s from the packed in pundits on the balcony.

Ace wicketkeeper Will Plummer has recently worked out how to stand up to both Danny Williams and Matt Carpenter and he didn’t put a glove wrong with not a single bye getting the better of him.

With Will now able to enjoy a quiet word in their ears, opposing batsmen will not be too keen to stray out of their ground when Clevedon’s pacemen are steaming in at them.

Skipper Jake Lintott and coach Piers McBride stated clearly before the start of the season that they had forged a blueprint which they hoped would enable the team to make a genuine assault on the league title after finishing as runners-up to Bath in 2017.

Strenuous coaching sessions throughout the winter months paid full dividends and the hardworking captain and coach certainly delivered as newcomers of the calibre of Harry Ellison, Danny Williams and Will Thirkell fitted in seamlessly from the very start of the campaign.

There are many club members behind the scenes who have contributed to the success enjoyed this summer but it is the players themselves who have made the biggest contribution by combining as a talented and committed unit to bring aspirations to fruition. In addition to finishing as champions, Clevedon also earned the most batting bonus points (81) and the most bowling bonus points (82).

Hopefully both captain and coach will return to oversee next season’s progress but the effort involved demands total commitment and both Jacob and Piers will, for the time being, be enjoying the success they have worked so hard to achieve in 2018.

To complete a truly historical season Mark Bibbing’s 2nd X1 won promotion, the 3rd X1 under Chris Bennett won their division and so go up as champions, while Andy Ford’s 4th X1 also secured promotion.

It looks like open top buses and marching bands all round if you ask me. Any old how, thanks for reading all summer if you have been and if you haven’t then you don’t know what you’ve missed.

West of England Premier Division final standings, all played 18: Clevedon 309 pts; Bath 277; Downend 258; Potterne 246; Bristol 235; Bridgwater 217; Bedminster 197; Taunton St Andrews 186; Frocester, relegated, 171; Goatacre, relegated, 156.

Picture: Jason Crane.

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