Clevedon CC manager hailed his side’s “fantastic response” to beat Bridgwater Seconds in what a “surprising result” in their WEPL Prem 2 Bristol/Somerset encounter last Saturday.

Clevedon fell to a five-run defeat against Golden Hill last time out, which Unwin said left them hurting.

But he would see his team put their disappointment behind them to finish on 202-5 to bowl Bridgwater for 40 to win by 139 runs.

And Unwin hailed his side’s character to bounce back to winning ways.

“It was a fantastic response by the team,” he said.

“A surprising result really as all teams are capable of beating each other.

“Not often a team is able to bowl the opposition out for 40.

“It showed the character of the team. They knew they had let themselves down and this was an important game to put that right.”

Clevedon were asked to bat first in a rain-affected game and and lost Louie Woodland (10) early after he was caught by Ben Coombes off Ian Higgins’ bowling to pave the way for captian Cam Harding to step up.

Harding and Nick Carpenter put on 111 for the second wicket in 19 overs before Carpenter (43) was the victim of Matt Habberfield’s bowling.

Harding went on to complete his century and scored 102 not out off 89 balls, including 10 fours. 

Matt Carpenter then scored 24 to take Clevedon’s score to 202-5 from their 37 overs.

Bridgwater were originally set 212 off 37 overs, but after another rain interruption nine overs were lost and through the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method the visitors target became 180 off 28 overs.

However, Bridgwater struggled as Mark Bibbing and Matt Carpenter tore the visitors batting line-up to shreds.

Carpenter took 4-23, including a hat-trick, Bibbing claimed 5-16 and Iraq Thomas picked up 1-1 as Bridgwater were all out for 40.

And Unwin said there was a lot of positives to take from his side’s display at Dial Hill.

“What it showed was that we can play at a level of cricket where the team can perform and get the results they desire and work hard for,” he added.

“It has certainly given the boys a boost but they are also aware that every game is a different one and they need to turn up each time to get the right result.”

Clevedon CC return to action at Ilminster this Saturday.

“It will be a tough away game,” Unwin said.

“They will be a very tough opponent. Their home ground is a difficult proposition and are always tough to beat.”