Match winner Max mauls Frocester

PUBLISHED: 11:27 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:27 23 May 2018

Max Curtis.

Max Curtis.

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Clevedon got back to winning ways with a comfortable five-wicket victory over Frocester.

Frocester 229-9

Clevedon 230-5

Piers McBride from Dial Hill

Having literally survived a total eclipse of the heart last Monday, by Tuesday I was able to experience the largesse of the NHS in the shape of a lifelong supply of more tablets than even Moses himself would have accrued.

The surgeon advised me that I could go for a small walk on Sunday, but I was told to avoid stress, excitement or anxiety. Well that of course ruled out the nuptials of Harry and Meghan as well as the FA Cup final, leaving me with only a tranquil game of cricket between Clevedon and Frocester to watch in glorious sunshine on Dial Hill.

Let’s get one matter out of the way immediately because I’m fully aware that the first thing you’d want to know, is how former Clevedon star Andrew Solomons marked his debut for the visitors.

Well he scored a scintillating 91, nine fours and three sixes, before being brilliantly caught on the boundary line by Gregg Willows off the patient Masoor Khan. After tea, Andy claimed the scalps of openers Mas (20), and the aforementioned Willows (14) and that was his lot, surely enough pain to inflict on his old chums.

Frocester opted to bat first, but they found themselves in a spot of bother as a sleek and pumped-up Matthew Carpenter blasted out the highly-touted Louis Gegg for a duck and the league’s leading run getter Uzi Qureshi, for just 10.

Callum Gegg (20) and Dan Whincup (54), added 69 before being teased out by Mas Khan and Jacob Lintott and that signalled the entrance of Solomons at number five, well you know what happened subsequently.

Once Matt Carpenter had rearranged the furniture of Mick Trainor for 24 that was about that, 229-9 when at one time a total of 280 appeared inevitable. Matt Carpenter (4-56), Jacob Lintott (2-64) and Masoor Khan (2-52) claimed the wickets but they were well supported by Danny Williams (0-28) from eight overs and (0-27) from 10 perplexing overs bowled by Graeme Van Buuren.

The experiment of batting Max Curtis at three proved a genuine success as the youngster took the responsibility of holding the innings together following the loss of openers Khan and Willows.

Max batted with total assurance and though he was always watchful he never hesitated to punish anything in his arc and his glittering 75 was punctuated by 11 glorious boundaries.

Young Van Buuren (19) shared a 48-run stand with Max who then joined forces with skipper Jacob Lintott to take the score along to 172-4 at which point Curtis was caught by Solomons.

Connor Crane was the perfect foil for Lintott who now chose to really get a move on. A massive six, together with six fours, two of which were of the heart stopping death defying reverse sweep variety, were highlights of Jacob’s run-a-ball 58 not out, while Crane made an undefeated 19 without disturbing a hair on his head.

With eight overs to spare the Dial Hill faithful nodded their collective heads in appreciation of a job well done.

This Saturday Clevedon will visit table-topping Taunton St Andrews who sit proudly on their perch parading their unbeaten record of three wins from three matches.

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