Mazoor gives a batting masterclass at Dial Hill
PUBLISHED: 14:20 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:20 17 May 2017
A batting masterclass from Clevedon’s Mazoor Khan helped his side to a fine victory over reigning WEPL champions Bath.
Piers McBride reporting
Paroxysms of sheer delight were the order of the day when John Bachelor held on to a swirling catch off Andy Solomons to complete the rout of WEPL champions Bath.
Make no mistake about this, Clevedon outplayed their illustrious hosts in every department of the game and with only three Bath batsmen reaching double figures, the result was never in doubt once the visitors had set an imposing target.
Grabbing the initiative from the start, skipper Jake Lintott had no hesitation in opting to bat and openers Mazoor Khan and Max Curtis wasted no time in getting down to business.
Max flew out of the blocks by making 22 from just 16 balls in an opening stand of 35 and when Marc Lezar (38), joined Maz the early impetus was maintained as the pair added 94 for the second wicket.
The classy Khan has been Clevedon’s pillar of strength for three seasons now and, with seemingly effortless poise, he once again took centre stage, holding the innings together while those around him were able to score freely without concern.
Jake Lintott took only 21 balls to make 29 while sharing a stand of 47 with Maz and the home fielders continued to be sent running hither and yon when Will Carpenter, (34), illuminated proceedings ever further with a positive gem of an innings, six boundaries in double quick time, punctuating his share of a partnership of 48.
Just when a well earned century appeared inevitable, Maz was caught while attempting to accelerate an already imposing run rate, his stylish innings of 92 something of a batting masterclass out in the middle
Bath’s shining light with the ball, the highly respected Paul Muchall (1-67), was reduced to just a glimmer and it was really only Hankins (4-29), who was able to exert any measure of control.
Faced with a pretty formidable task after the interval, Bath were never really in the hunt. Andrew Solomons clean bowled opener Brain for just six to get things moving and although an obdurate stand of 67 between Rouse (44) and Hay (101), took the score along to 85-1, it took them over half their allotted overs to do it.
An astonishing caught and bowled by Jake Rowe duly saw off Rouse and from that point on wickets tumbled at an alarming rate. Spinner Mazoor Khan (3-49), bothered and bewildered the middle order, while fellow left-arm slows Jake Lintott (2-37) and Jake Row (2-10), snuffed out any further resistance.
Hay made a courageous 101 before being last out, but he ploughed a lone furrow as all around him fell.
Clevedon do appear to have all the bases covered with the ball. Despite the absence of speedster Matt Carpenter through injury, Andy Solomons, Brad Currie and Max Curtis were quick enough to keep the Bath batsmen honest, while Jake Lintott, Jake Rowe and Mazoor Khan are all able to bowl long spells at little cost.
The batting has real depth with all-rounder Jake Rowe coming in at nine, so it will be with some considerable confidence that Clevedon, who have now beaten last season’s champions and runners-up, will welcome Corsham to Dial Hill on Saturday, play getting underway at 12.30pm.
Paul Whyte’s man of the match, not surprisingly was Maz Khan.
Clevedon 2nd X1 200-7
Coalpit Heath 199-9
Not to be outdone by the exploits of the 1st XI, Mark Bibbing’s second team have made an equally successful start to their league campaign, on this occasion edging out last season’s champions by just a single run.
Batting first against a quality attack, Clevedon had Marc Jenkins (44) and Mike Hanley (35) to thank for a solid base which enabled the lower order to prosper. Tabish Khan (21), Michael Oliver (19), Paul Jenkins (15), Ben Hussey (15) and Dan Van Grudgings (15 not out) scored quickly and the final total of 200 looked just about par for the course.
The visitors made an appalling start after tea and early wickets tumble, but a late order revival enabled the current champions to edge ever closer to their target.
The beguiling wizardry of spinner Adeel Khan duly had the batsmen in all sorts of turmoil, his figures of 2-20 from his nine over reflecting his accuracy, but late runs came from the other end before leg-spinner Andy Payne (2-43) and Ben Golds (2-36) closed thing out.