Claverham defeat Portishead to make it eight on the trot

PUBLISHED: 14:34 29 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:34 29 July 2015

James Copeland.

James Copeland.

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Claverham defeated neighbours Portishead to make it eight wins out of eight to keep up their promotion challenge.

Claverham made it eight wins in a row as they beat a competitive Portishead at Henley Lane.

The visitors made first use of the ball in good bowling conditions and immediately removed Robbie Hoffeldt for only five, bringing Lloyd Richardson to the crease. Richardson (64) and opener Mat Davis (51) launched a counter attack and took the score to 110 before Davis was given out lbw to Chambers, who with 3-34 was the pick of the Portishead bowlers.

Ryan Thorpe joined Lloyd and the two pushed the total on before Lloyd perished for an excellent 64 with the score on 167. Wickets suddenly tumbled as Portishead fought back and at 169-5 the innings was in the balance.

Waring (12) and Paul Bird (10) chipped in and with Thorpe still in, the recovery was on. Maximum batting points were secured as Thorpe battled on and finished on 74 not out as Claverham posted a more than useful 242-7.

After tea, the visitors raced to 65 without loss after 17 overs. It took a brilliant run out of Chambers from Lloyd Richardson to get the home side back on track.

Franklin (51) and Habib (31) both threatened, but this Claverham attack has many options and there is simply no respite for batsmen and Paul Bird (2-26), James Downes (2-43) and Sam Waring (2-28) destroyed the middle order.

Portishead were eventually all out for 174 with only five balls of the innings left.

Thirteen points now separate the Henley Lane outfit with second-place Stapleton and an exciting end to the season is brewing, especially as Claverham travel to Winterbourne on Saturday.

Claverham 2nd XI bowlers took complete control at the Lake Grounds, bowling out the home side for 99.

Openers Mat Croker (3-14) and Jon Cutler (1-24) blew away the top order, allowing experienced seamer Roger Hooper with 3-16 to gobble up the middle order as the home side were knocked over for only 99.

It was never enough as in-form Steve Caffrey (46 not out) and youngster James Copeland (44 not out) rushed Claverham to victory inside 14 overs for an emphatic nine-wicket victory.

Following a funding grant of £50,000 from Sport England through the Inspired Facilities Fund in July 2013, the club will be having an official opening day of their new facilities on Sunday at their ground on Henley Lane, Yatton.

The funding has provided a new entrance to the ground, an upgrade to the machinery store and umpires room and the construction of a new community room. In addition, new female toilets, together with facilities to assist the disabled are now available.

To complete the picture, the Big Lottery Fund also awarded the club £10,000 this year to enable the refurbishment of other parts of the clubhouse that were long overdue.

The completed project will now provide more cricket opportunities to both sexes and also the give Yatton and Claverham a new community venue that is available for hire.

Andy Fairburn, the cricket development officer for Somerset County Cricket Club, along with Dr Liam Fox, MP, will perform the official opening ceremony at 1pm.

However, the whole day will be given over to showcase all aspects of cricket, including youth and ladies’/girls’ games, followed in the afternoon by the annual chairman’s invitation game.

Refreshments and a fully stocked bar will be available, along with amusements for children provided by the Yeo Valley Lions.

Further information can be obtained from the secretary, Peter Gendle on 01934 838252, or visit www.claverham.play-cricket.com to find out more about the club.

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