Cricket: Lintott hat-trick lights up Clevedon success
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 August 2019
Clevedon ensured survival in the West of England Premier League with a 100-run win over Bedminster in their last home match of the season on Saturday.
The defending champions have endured a difficult campaign and flirted with a relegation fight, but moved 34 points clear of the bottom two with one match to go.
And captain Jacob Lintott was the star of the show at Dial Hill, taking a hat-trick during a superb seven-wicket haul to see his side to victory.
Lintott chose to bat first at Dial Hill after winning the toss but saw Harry Ellison fall cheaply.
Greg Willows followed to leave the hosts 33-2, but Lintott (39) put on 64 with opener Masoor Khan, with Joshua Davey then adding a run-a-ball 26.
Khan eventually fell for 73, having hit six fours in his 108-ball innings, to make it 183-5, before Connor Crane (25), Adnan Mufti, Cameron Harding and Dan Williams helped lift the total to 243-8.
Davey struck early in the Bedminster reply, with Williams having success at the other end to make it 9-2.
A third wicket fell with the score on 24 to Davey (2-20), after which Lintott took centre stage.
Lintott opened his account by trapping George Drissell lbw to make it 91-4, then tempted Charlie Walker out of his crease to be stumped for 55. And he sent Jino Jojo and Garreth Elphick packing from the next two balls to complete his treble as Bedminster slumped to 122-7.
Lintott mopped up to finish with 7-25 from his eight overs and Clevedon will now head to second-placed Bath - who won by five wickets at leaders Potterne last weekend - still in with an outside chance of ending the season in fourth place.
Currently sitting in sixth, they would need Cheltenham and Bridgwater to slip up in their last matches of the season at relegated Bristol and seventh-placed Downend respectively to achieve that final outcome.
Standings (17 games): Potterne 297 points; Bath 266; Bedminster 231; Bridgwater 211; Cheltenham 203; Clevedon 196; Downend 191; Lansdown 186; Taunton St Andrews 162; Bristol 153.