Bath sweep aside Clevedon to take the honours
PUBLISHED: 11:15 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 16 May 2018
Clevedon were well beaten by reigning champions Bath as the home side lost by eight wickets at Dial Hill.
Reasons for readers to be cheerful. 1: Harry Ellison leaves no doubt at all that he owns Clevedon’s number four spot by right with a brief but scintillating display of high quality batting. 2: Delight in seeing the abominably self-centred scribe McBride make a right fool of himself by anointing the Dial Hill outfit as league champions after just one match.
Well, not to put too fine a point of it this was nothing short of embarrassing as Bath asserted their pedigree in every department of the game.
Batting first the visitors were given a confident start as, up front, Masoor Khan and Max Curtis coped comfortably with the highly-touted pace pairing of Paul Muchall and Lloyd Davis.
Young Max was trapped lbw for 10 with the score at 31 and, though teenager Greg Willows fell cheaply, Harry Ellison reasserted Clevedon’s brief superiority with a glistening run-a-ball 27, a six and four fours illuminating an eye-catching innings.
Connor Crane made 15 in a stand of 37 with the impregnable Masoor, but that was as good as it got as the visitors slumped from 123-3 to 162 all out with eight of their 50 overs unused.
Opener Mas Khan provided the ideal platform for a big total with his defiant 75, a six and eight fours, but he could find no-one prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder with him and he finally perished with the score at 151.
Jake Rowe, always prepared for a scrap, took up residence at one end with three wickets in hand, but he was forced to watch in astonishment as the rest of the tail perished with reckless abandon leaving him eight not out with nowhere left to go.
Two lbw’s, a run out and eight catches rewarded Bath’s attack and Clevedon’s continued insistence on hitting the ball in the air cost them dearly.
Even with 10 overs and four wickets remaining the batsmen chose to take the aerial route, it proved their downfall.
Bath wasted no time in chasing down their target. Ben Wells, 67 not out, nine fours and Tim Rouse, 65, a six and nine fours swept aside Clevedon’s attack and the hosts breezed home with eight wickets and 20 overs to spare.
What else remains to be said? Not very much actually. It has been muted that there are “some positives” to be taken from this debacle, but as far as I’m concerned it’s the negatives which should be addressed and not the little glimmers of these so called positives.
So we now look towards next Saturday when Frocester come to call. There will be added interest in this encounter as the visitors will hope to have the charismatic Andrew Solomons in their squad.
The gifted all-rounder spent three seasons on Dial Hill and he is certain to receive an affectionate welcome from an appreciative balcony audience.
For the record Frocester have played two and lost two so they will be eager to record the victory required to lift them out of the relegation zone.
Current WEPL One standings, all played two: Taunton St Andrews 42 pts; Downend 40; Bath 27; Potterne 26; Bedminster 25; Bridgwater 24; Goatacre 23; 8 Clevedon 22; Frocester 13; Bristol 7.
Saturday’s bad boys were transformed into a choir of golden haired angels the following day as they made short work of Bridgwater to ease into the next round of this 40-over National Knockout competition.
Batting first, Clevedon prospered from the off with everyone making meaningful contributions. Greg Willows (41) and Masoor Khan (32) added 76 for the first wicket and the impetus was maintained throughout with Harry Ellison (31), Cameron Harding (60), Connor Crane (27) and Jake Rowe (29 not out) all scoring freely.
The hosts, who had racked up 378-5 against Bedminster the previous day, never came to terms with Clevedon’s varied attack. Fast bowlers Matt Carpenter (1-9) and Danny Williams (3-30) made early inroads leaving the quartet of spinners, Jake Rowe (2-40), skipper Jacob Lintott (2-41), Mas Khan (1-46) and Andy Payne (1-19) to mop up the rest.
Photos Jason Crane.