Cleeve move into second spot after latest victory

PUBLISHED: 11:09 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 29 August 2018

George Parsons and Dan Jones.

George Parsons and Dan Jones.

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Cleeve moved into the promotion places after defeating Bristol West Indian Phoenix.

Bristol West Indian Phoenix 119

Cleeve 121-4

Cleeve have moved into second place after defeat Bristol West Indian Phoenix by six wickets.

The visitors decided to make first use of the batting surface and were soon regretting the decision.

Andy Barnsley picked up a wicket early in his spell courtesy of a Ben Jones catch, while captain Glenn Lewin’s opening short spell ended wicketless, making way for Connor Hance who soon picked up a wicket (1-23).

Next was spin action from both ends with Nikhil Bhajipale and James Cole, the former claiming his first scalp as a result of sharp keeping from a Tom Carpenter stumping.

A Sam Williams catch at deep extra cover provided Cole’s first wicket, backed up with two further dismissals, bowled (3-22), as Phoenix were rocking on 71-6.

Cole’s catch supplied Bhajipale’s second wicket (2- 22), before Mitch Want and Jack Wilkins both claimed a wicket each, with Barnsley taking his second for figures of 2-23 as Phoenix dismissed for just 119.

In reply, Lewin and Williams reached 20 before the former was out for six. Williams went for 19 leaving Barnsley to continue his good form.Ben Jones being run out for 17 and Bhajipale bowled for 11.

Hance (8 not out) joined Barnsley (35 not out) to nudge Cleeve over the winning line as Cleeve picked up 29 out of a possible 30 points and later heard that division leaders Bath had slipped up versus St Mary Redcliffe.

As a result, Cleeve move into the runners-up promotion slot by 10 points over Bath (now third) and four points from new leaders Lodway.

One round of fixtures remain with Cleeve away to already relegated Blagdon on Saturday.

Cleeve 2nd XI 249-6

Hallen 1st XI 189-9

The seconds enjoyed a 61-run victory over Hallen with Dan Jones top scoring with an excellent century.

Charlie Grubb (14) and Jamie Elswood (33) took Cleeve to 74-2. Dan Jones survived a sharp caught and bowled chance in the first over, before he started blasting the ball around the ground.

Gostlin was adjudged lbw for a measured 34, while Jones reached his half century with Cleeve on 139-3. Parsons (25), Dan Dixon, Will Grubb and Stuart Williams (5 not out) and Jones, 119 not out took Cleeve to a commanding 249-6.

Dixon bowled well ending with 1-27 and there was a wicket apiece for Kelston Crew and Alex Grubb, but they were outshone by skipper Parsons with match-winning figures of 5-26.

Together with Jones’ century, the pair greatly assisted in a 61-run win with Cleeve ending the day in fifth place with one match to play on Saturday versus Stanton Drew.

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