Carpenter praises Clevedon following success over Chippenham

Matt Carpenter celebrates a wicket for Clevedon

Matt Carpenter celebrates a wicket for Clevedon - Credit: Jason Crane

Clevedon's Matt Carpenter praised his teammates for digging deep to beat Chippenham in the West of England Premier League on Saturday.

Put into bat by the visitors, they slipped to 74-7 before Carpenter hit 36 off 22 balls, including two sixes and four fours, and put on 59 with Jared Warner (32).

That helped lift their total to 143, before Carpenter (3-27) and Warner (2-6) reduced Chippenham to 28-5 in reply.

Dan Williams, Max Horton, Jack Harding and Ryan Thorpe picked up a wicket apiece to seal a 49-run win and Carpenter said: "It was fantastic, especially as throughout the week it didn't look like we were going to play and on the morning of the game it was looking gloomy.

"To stick around and get out there and put in a performance we did to pick up another win is massive, especially as 70-7 when we looked like keeping the game on was a bad decision.

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"We managed to dig deep and get a respectable score on a very tough pitch, then backed it up in the field with an incredible bowling performance from everyone and fielding performance that backed it up.

"It was a very professional, thorough win in the end which was brilliant to keep up the 100 per cent start, especially when you start away to Bath and Chippenham, who are newcomers, and you know they are going to be hungry to test themselves against the best teams in the area."

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Clevedon are due to visit Potterne this weekend and Carpenter expects a tough test, but backs their youngsters to maintain the fine start.

He added: "It's always nice to go to Potterne. The size of ground brings a completely different game to one you play anywhere else.

"They're the last proper season champions, as a team we're going to stick to what we've been doing well, stick to our game plan and hopefully turn up and upset the reigning champions and keep our 100 per cent start going.

"If you look at the age of the team, we've got some young players who maybe benefitted from the rescheduled league last year. We were able to give them a go.

"We've got the likes of Max Horton and Jake Harding who have proved their place in the side and they are 17-year-olds who just started learning their trade.

"They have made that step up when we needed them to. It's been imperative to the start of the season that we've been able to click as a side. We lost quite a few players in the off-season and the youngsters have really stepped up to the mark and shown how mature they can be on the pitch and that is reflected in the performance of the whole team.

"We've got a great atmosphere at the moment, from the first team right down through the seconds, thirds and fourths and when you've got that cohesion it's easy for people to move within the teams and you keep that same winning mentality, bond and atmosphere within the team."

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