Cleeve beat leaders to boost title bid

Sam Williams scored 65 as Cleeve beat Hambrook

Sam Williams scored 65 as Cleeve beat Hambrook - Credit: Cleeve CC

Cleeve came out on top in their Bristol & District Division Two summit meeting with leaders Hambrook by four wickets on Saturday.

And just 14 points separate the top four teams ahead of Cleeve's trip to Bristol West Indian Phoenix this weekend.

Hambrook chose to bat first with Wigzell soon back in the pavilion caught by Mitch Want off Glenn Lewin at 12-1 in the third over. 

Lewin (2-34) also removed Lax thanks to keeper Tom Carpenter’s catch in the seventh over to make it 20-2 and Max Viney's catch gave Want his first scalp in the 17th over to leave Hambrook 58-3.

A 67-run partnership ended when Want’s quick work in the covers caused a run out and Wake departed for 32, while Vardy fell to Lewin's catch at deep mid-on off Sam Williams (2-21).

That made it 129-5 in the 33rd over, as Viney (0-49), James Cole (0-28) and Alfie Parsons (0-12) went unrewarded before Ahmed (73) was bowled by Want (2-28).

Connor Hance claimed the last wicket after a sharp stumping by Carpenter removed Sisodia (34) as Hambrook posted 205-6.

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Hance (11) was caught in the fifth over of Cleeve's reply with the total on 16 but James Ball combined with Williams in an 85-run partnership before he was caught just after reaching his half century in the 17th over.

Lewin was bowled and Want out caught in the same over, both without scoring, and Dan Jones made just four as Cleeve stuttered to 110-5.

But Williams steadied the ship with left-hander Tom Birt, rotating the strike and passing 50 for the fifth time this season, before edging behind for 65 in the 30th over.

That left Cleeve 155-6, but Cole (34 not out) and Birt (19 not over) sealed victory in the 39th over as Hambrook's lead was cut to three points.

The relegation-threatened seconds beat Midsomer Norton Methodist Church by one wicket in a Division 10 thriller.

Josh Geal, Stuart Williams and Cam Elswood shone as Cleeve seconds beat Midsomer Norton Methodist Church

Josh Geal, Stuart Williams and Cam Elswood shone as Cleeve seconds beat Midsomer Norton Methodist Church - Credit: Cleeve CC

Midsomer chose to bat on a dry, grassy pitch, but Cam Elswood (4-14) took four quick wickets - two bowled and two thanks to catches by George Parsons and Freddie Basnett - to leave them 41-4.

Stuart Williams (0-16), Basnett (0-13), Dan Dixon (0-27) and Tom Redding (0-2) were tried without success before Josh Geal claimed 4-9 in five overs, with catches from Elswood, Dixon, Redding and Parsons. 

The returning Josh Carpenter struck towards the end and produced an excellent run out to dismiss Midsomer for 131 after 38 overs.

Mark Jones (11), Ellis Turner (5), Dixon (0), Robbie Wilsher (7) and George Parsons (0) were all out caught as Cleeve slumped to 29-5 in the 12th over, but Stuart Williams dropped anchor.

Carpenter produced a quick 13 before playing on, Elswood (12) was out caught, with Basnett stumped and Redding bowled, both for just three, to leave Cleeve requiring 29 as last man Geal arrived at the crease.

And Williams finished unbeaten on 55, as Geal scored five, to seal a much-needed win ahead of a home match with Long Ashton.