Clevedon lacklustre but pass muster

PUBLISHED: 10:46 08 August 2018

Will Thirkell.

Will Thirkell.

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A lacklustre performance by Clevedon saw them pick up maximum points against Bedminster, maintaining their lead at the top of the table.

Clevedon 256

Bedminster 218

Piers McBride wastes an afternoon grumbling to himself.

Well at least Clevedon emerged with maximum points from this forgettable performance, but you could tell how below par the victors were when, at the end of the game, they were greeted from the field by their coach Piers McBride, who had a face as long as a gasman’s mac.

Truth to tell Clevedon, let themselves down in almost every section of the game, they batted poorly, their bowling lacked incisiveness and, the strangest of all, the fielding failed for once to reach the high standard expected from a team with aspirations of a league championship.

At least Jake Lintott and his squad came away with maximum points to preserve the lead at the top of the table, but this was due in part to the largesse of the Bedminster tail which wagged gallantly but forlornly to lose five wickets during the last three overs of the match.

Opening bat Masoor Khan more or less had to be introduced to his partner Will Thirkell, who suddenly found himself promoted from number 11 to opener and the skipper’s sleight of hand paid dividends as Will slapped four fours in a run-a-minute 19 to get the innings underway.

Mas followed soon after, but Max Curtis and Harry Ellison combined in a third wicket stand of 53 before Harry had his furniture rearranged by Mark Alleyne for 20.

Enter captain Jake Lintott and the run rate increased as, with the patient Curtis busy at the other end, 109 runs were added for the fourth wicket.

Then chaos ensued as Max contrived to get run out for 72 when a century appeared a certainly and he was soon joined in the pavilion by skipper Lintott for 64.

Cameron Harding hit a six and two fours before also getting run out and from 235 for four the visitors suddenly found themselves 256 all out when at one time 300 appeared a certainty.

Forty extras boosted the total as it was but the long tail couldn’t seem to wait to give their wickets away and Bedminster left the field tickled pink to have picked up maximum bowling points with an over to spare,

A quite sensational one-handed diving catch by keeper Will Plummer off Danny Williams gave Clevedon the ideal start after tea, but a stand of 50 for the second wicket kept the hosts up with the required rate.

Another spot of prestidigitation from gloveman Plummer resulted in the stumping of Max Tryfonos for 41 and at 122-5 a Clevedon victory appeared a formality, but skipper Rob Cunliffe was having none of it and he grafted with total determination to take his side past 200 with still four wickets in hand.

Clevedon’s attack appeared devoid of ideas as overs ticked away and the score continued to advance. The fielding proved shabby at best on occasions with boundaries coming regularly and singles being always there for the taking.

Sanity finally asserted itself as Danny Williams finally bowled the obdurate Cunliffe for 48 before two towering catches were held in the deep by an ice-cool Will Thirkell, while somehow Jake Rowe managed to throw down the wicket of Adrian Neill from out in the deep and that was that I’m glad to say.

Masoor Khan closed with 4-40, Danny Williams took 3-47 while Will Thurkell 1-29 and Jake Lintott 0-27 gave nothing away from 10 overs apiece.

It’s supposed to be a sign of excellence if you can be victorious despite playing well below par and that’s how this match turned out. Somehow maximum points were picked from Bedminster’s pocket to enable Clevedon to maintain their 35-point advantage ahead of Bath, who of course beat Bristol by 98 runs.

Clevedon now travel to Bristol this Saturday, while Bath take on third-placed Downend.

League standings, all played 14. Clevedon 254 pts; Bath 219; Downend 206; Bristol 192; Potterne 188; Bedminster 163; Bridgwater 154; Taunton St Andrews 146; Goatacre 133; Frocester 126.

Clevedon 150-9

Stanmore 156-3

Clevedon found Stanmore just too strong in the National Knockout quarter-final and they struggled to set a testing total when batting first after winning the toss.

Only Max Curtis (62) and Andy Payne (19 not out), offered any real resistance as the classy home attack took charge of proceedings.

After adding 112 for the first wicket in response, the hosts eased to victory by seven wickets with six overs to spare. Will Thirkell (1-33), and skipper Jake Lintott (1-31) gave little away from their eight allotted overs, while Jake Rowe closed with (1-21) from his five overs.

Will Thirkell. Picture: Jason Crane.

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