Pearson-Taylor: Clevedon will put 'full heart' into remaining games

Luke Pearson Taylor in bowling action for Clevedon

Luke Pearson-Taylor in bowling action for Clevedon - Credit: Clevedon CC

Luke Pearson-Taylor says Clevedon will put their full heart into all remaining games ahead of a WEPL Premier One summit meeting with Potterne on Saturday.

A 30-run win at Chippenham left Clevedon three points clear of their rivals ahead of a Dial Hill showdown this weekend.

And Pearson-Taylor, who scored useful runs and picked up three wickets last time out, says there is a good feeling in the Clevedon camp at present.

"There's quite a lot of positive momentum in the team," said the 18-year-old Millfield student.

"We're looking to take it one game at a time and put our full heart into any game. We''ve got some classy players, especially in our batting, and there's more to come from the likes of Greg Willows and Harry Ellison."

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Those two players failed to score at Chippenham as Clevedon slipped to 83-6, after Cameron Harding (20 off 29) and Louie Woodland (21 off 75) made starts.

Pearson-Taylor ended up with the top score of 23, as Dan Williams (22 not out) helped lift the total to 147 to give them hope.

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"It was a very green wicket and quite challenging conditions, it took a lot of guts and determination," added the South Africa-born Pearson-Taylor.

"We struggled at the top of the order but it shows the depth in our side. Myself and Dan chipped in to get us into a reasonable position and we thought 147 was defendable, with our attack good enough to take the game to them."

Chippenham were reduced to 39-5 in reply, but had recovered by the drinks break to leave the game finely balanced, before Pearson-Taylor struck on his way to a 3-15 haul from six overs.

"We got a few early breakthroughs and the big wicket of (Graeme) van Buuren, but they were 80-odd for five and we had a chat at drinks," added Pearson-Taylor.

"Luckily I was able to get three wickets and it was really good to finish them off. It was good fun, a really challenging game and shows the fight we've got. It's all to play for this weekend."

Clevedon lost a rain-affected game at Potterne back in mid-May, with Pearson-Taylor making his first XI debut in the cup two weeks later after an invite from Ellison and Ed Wade.

"They said come and have a look," he said. "I'd had a look a couple of years before and really liked it. It's such a good opportunity, the people in the club are fantastic.

"We're heading in the right direction. I like to be as good as I can be with bat and ball and see my role in the team as a bowling all-rounder."

Clevedon will be without Jake Lintott for the short-term future, though, after his call-up to play for Southern Brave in The Hundred.

And Pearson-Taylor, whose family moved to Mauritius when he was seven, says they are big shoes to fill.

"He's a fantastic player and we wish him all the best," he added. "He leaves a big gap in the team at the moment, as a great batsman, spinner and fielder."

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