Claverham fall just short of maximum batting points

PUBLISHED: 14:27 05 July 2017

Dominic Hooper.

Dominic Hooper.


Claverham fell just short of maximum batting points as they suffered defeat at Shapwick & Polden.

Shapwick & Polden 302-9

Claverham 216

The boys from Henley Lane could not follow up last week’s win, but they did put in a decent performance in unfamiliar circumstances at Shapwick.

Skipper Richardson won the toss and elected to bowl on mischievous looking wicket, but it turned out to be decent enough as the home side rattles up 302.9 in their 50 overs.

Opener Tinnion did most of the damage scoring 110 before being bowled by Mitch Bench late on. In between, wickets fell at regular intervals, but Shapwick were consistently creating partnerships of 30-40.

Dominic Hooper (3-67) and Dan Jenkins (3-43) were the main wicket takers and off-spinner Jenkins in his first full spell of the season was the pick of the Claverham bowlers.

Youngsters Charlie Ferris (1-58) and Mitch Bench (1-37) were effective in pegging the home side back late on.

When chasing a big total you ideally need a steady start and then wickets in hand at the end of the innings, but unfortunately Claverham were immediately on the back foot.

Copeland (9), Bench (6), Richardson (4) and Thorpe (4) could not cope with the Shapwick openers and at 35-4, the visitors were in all sorts of trouble. Duval Pierre (43) together with Dominic Hooper fought back.

The pair added 119 for the fifth wicket and while they had been together the visitors still had a realistic chance of winning, but when Hooper was caught off the bowling of Stringer for an excellent run-a-ball 76, Claverham’s hopes of victory began to slip away.

Despite some lusty blows from Keith Miles (30), the innings fell away and Claverham could not pick up their final batting point as they were bowled out for 216.

Another tough away fixture awaits this weekend at table-topping Taunton St Andrews.

Claverham 2nd XI 238-9

Bristol West Indies 170

Meanwhile back in Yatton, Mat Croker’s team beat a resilient BWI side to keep the pressure on league leaders Bath.

In sunny conditions, Claverham decided to bat first, but the loss of inform Horton (14), big-hitting Mayers (9) and skipper Croker (2) left the home side 64-3 and in need of a partnership.

Caffrey (30) and Clack (33) using their enormous experience and diligence duly obliged. Disaster was around the corner though as Clack left vice-skipper Caffrey on his backside and cruelly run out.

Jonny Cutler (26) and the fiery James Fairall (16) responded and when they departed 13-year-old Max Horton (16) and the rather older Roger Hooper (22 not out) took the reigns and shared in what turned out to be a decisive 45-run partnership as the hosts posted 238.

Replying, BWI never really got close to the asking rate as slow swing bowler Hooper nipped out the first three batsmen on his way to figures of 3-32. The visitors responded through Klair (38) and Ricardo Thompson (17), but the introduction of young spinner Horton was the turning point.

Bowling into a difficult wind, the youngster kept his nerve and bowled an excellent length throughout to claim his first senior five-wicket haul (5-42). Even father Richard was able to contribute holding on to a tremendous catch at long-on for the young spinners fourth wicket.

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