League victory and cup final success for Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 09:20 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:20 09 August 2017

Max Curtis bowling for Clevedon.

Max Curtis bowling for Clevedon.

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Clevedon defeated Stapleton to win their first knockout cup trophy since 1990 and enjoyed a league success the day before against Bedminster.

Clevedon 178

Bedminster 82

Piers McBride snr from the Clanage

One minute you’re 161-2 and the next you find yourself all out for 178, small wonder then that the hair drier treatment was dished out instead of plaudits at the end of this pretty dire contest between clubs loftily placed second and third in the league.

It came as no surprise that at the end of the game the Clevedon dressing room was bashfully muted as, Instead of loud cheers, there were verbal thick ears as the coach

gave vent to his exasperation.

It wasn’t so much that the total was pitiful after such a solid platform had been established, it was the fact that no-one had looked to utilise the 12 overs which remained unused.

Batting first on winning the toss, Clevedon were superbly served by openers Masoor Khan and Marc Lezar and the runs flowed freely as the classy pair shared the strike in perfect harmony. Stroke for stroke they matched each other until with the total on 80 Marc was caught for an eye-catching 43.

Max Curtis then entered stage right and in no time added 32 before Mas was needlessly run out for a chanceless 42. Skipper Jacob Lintott then joined Max to add 49 for the third wicket before the captain was bowled by the canny Mark Alleyne for 17.

Almost at once Max perished for a most cultured 42 and from that moment it was red faces all round as Clevedon caved in completely losing their last eight wickets for just 17 runs. It was embarrassing.

Not for the first time this term, Clevedon’s bowlers proved more than equal to the task and truth to tell only Dial Hill old boy Rob Cunliffe showed any real appetite for the fray with a defiant 30 as the home side crumbled in spectacular fashion.

Andy Solomons (2-21) and Max Curtis (2-20) knocked over the Bedminster top order leaving skipper Jacob Lintot (3-28) and Khan (3-5) to baffle and bewilder the middle and lower order with guile and spin.

So, no after match celebratory champagne for Clevedon to enjoy this week, instead rather large slices of humble pie to be digested by all but three of the batsmen.

Oddly enough, title-chasing Bath experienced a similar result in their game against Corsham. Having been dismissed for a paltry 167, the champions-elect shot their hosts out for just 78 to secure 19 points, while Clevedon closed the gap at the top by one after collecting 20.

With just four matches remaining, Clevedon will host Potterne on Saturday with play getting underway at 12.30pm.

League standings, all played 14: Bath 251 pts; Clevedon 220; Bristol 174; Downend 170; Bedminster 165; Bridgwater 165; Lechlade 155; Potterne 148; Frocester 147; Corsham 121.

Bristol & District KO Cup final

Stapleton 99

Clevedon 102-2

Clevedon showed their true pedigree with this lop-sided victory game, but outplayed Stapleton to emerge with the prestigious B&D silverware at Cleeve on Sunday.

Batting first, Stapleton found it difficult to cope with Clevedon’s lethal mixture of pace and spin and only Gaikwad (38) was able to make any real headway. Andrew Solomons (3-31) provided the speed, while Adeel Khan (1-30), Jake Rowe (3-21) and captain Jacob Lintott (2-16) combined to puzzle and mystify by taking pace off the ball.

A sensational flat arm return from way out in the deep by Andy Payne resulted in the demise of Gaikwad, while gloveman Will Plummer claimed three victims, two stumpings and a catch.

Clevedon wasted little time in reaching their target and used just 12 of their allotted 20 overs. Opener Mike Oliver remained unbeaten with 24 not out, but the major pyrotechnics were supplied by Andy Solomons, three enormous sixes on his way to 24 and skipper, as well as man of the match, Lintott who also smashed three sixes in his unbeaten 48 from 29 deliveries.

Interestingly enough, this was the first Knockout Cup winning performance since way back in 1990 when current coach Piers McBride led his Clevedon team to victory in the Three Counties KO competition.

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