Cleeve Seconds were beaten by four wickets by Long Ashton Seconds last Saturday.

Cleeve were asked to bat first as veteran opening pair, Charlie Grubb and Carey Elswood batted sensibly adding 74 for the first wicket as Elswood holed out for 34. 

Sean Walters secured a brace to remove Dan Dixon LBW for two and Robbie Wilsher for 13.

Charlie Grubb was caught for a fine 77 as Tommy Caie secured two scalps removing Will Grubb for a quick fire 25 off 24 balls and John Hance departing for six. 

Mark Jones was then run out for two leaving stand in captain Ellis Turner (8) and Jack Chatfield (0) the not out batters as Cleeve posted 183 off a rain adjusted 33 overs.

In reply, Tom Redding (7- 1-47) struck in his first over to bowl Neil Wilson for just one at 2-1. 

Hance (7-2-36) secured a brace removing Alex Hudson-Oldroyd and Sam Manning, with an LBW and catch for Turner. Stuart Williams (6-1-29) removed Brian Storey with the help of a Wilsher catch. 

Turner (3-1-31) removed Matt Haywood thanks to a great running catch by Will Grubb as Chatfield removed James Walkerdine for 14. 

However, Henry Hughes, who survived an early dropped catch, found the middle of his bat on numerous occasions to hit an unbeaten 78 runs off just 50 balls to help Long Ashton to victory with three overs to spare.

So, disappointment for Cleeve who now lie safe in sixth position and host Carsons & Mangotsfield this Saturday with just two games to go in Bristol & District’s 10th Division.