Carpenter wants top Clevedon performance for President's Day
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Matt Carpenter is hoping to put on a performance against Lansdown as Clevedon hold their President's Day this weekend.
Carpenter claimed 6-32 in a 61-run win at Downend last weekend to keep Clevedon on the heels of WEPL Prem One leaders Potterne.
And that haul took him to within eight of a notable landmark for the club.
He said: "It was probably one of my better bowling displays in Prem One. It’s always nice to get six and even nicer when the team wins. I’m eight off 300 first-team wickets for the club now. Let’s hope I can get it before the end of the season.
"It's a brilliant achievement. It would finally be something to show for the hard work I’ve put into the club. More importantly it would be getting over the line and winning WEPL again.
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"If you gave me the choice of taking my 300th wicket or winning the League I would snap your hand for the League. It would be a brilliant achievement personally to get there. I think the focus for the rest of the season is winning all our remaining games and putting Potterne under some pressure.
"It’s Presidents Day this weekend which is always a good day at Clevedon to get all the sponsors and supporters for the year up there. I can imagine Dial Hill will be rocking come Saturday afternoon and I just hope we can give a performance fit to all the people that have supported us through the season.
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"Lansdown are a good side, they've proved that through the year, they've beaten some teams impressively so we know it’s not going to be easy.
"But at Dial Hill we're confident if we stick to our game plan and can execute it, we can beat anybody. I know we fell short to Potterne the week before last but I'm confident if we go out, we will execute our jobs, we can get the job done."
Cameron Harding (46) and Louie Woodlands (31) led Clevedon to 147 at Downend, who were reduced to 15-7 by Carpenter and Dan Williams (2-16).
Carpenter then broke a 51-run stand before Luke Pearson Taylor (2-9) completed the win.
"Our team has changed week by week with availability but it was disappointing to fall short on the batting side and to only get 147," added Carpenter.
"Louie Woodlands has been excellent since he came into the team at the start of the year. At the top of the order he’s been patient and anchored a lot of innings by just being the man that stays there. Cam was impressive, he didn’t look like getting out unfortunately until he got out.
"As a bowling unit we were incredible and stuck to our plan again. The fielders backed that up and we were able to get the job done. We could've probably bowled them out for a lot less than it was.
"They had a few experienced players that dug in, as every club does in Prem One. We stuck at the task even though they had a bit of a partnership and rallied and we got the job done quite convincingly."