Claverham soundly beaten
PUBLISHED: 11:50 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:50 26 July 2017
Claverham were soundly beaten by Keynsham to keep the North Somerset side battling against relegation.
This was another damaging result for the Henley Lane side as they were soundly beaten by Keynsham on Saturday.
Electing to bowl on a damp wicket was a good start and Dominic Hooper 1-30 from eight made an immediate breakthrough removing Wakefield early on. Sam Jukes produced his best spell of the season and was hugely unlucky to finish wicketless (0-41) from 10 good overs.
The home side and Kiwi Ward (71) in particular stubbornly continued to build the innings and despite nine splendid overs of spin from the returning James Downes (1-11), a platform had been created.
Stand-in skipper Keith Miles picked up two wickets after a rain delay, but a flurry of runs in the last 10 overs left the visitors chasing a Duckworth Lewis adjusted target of 247 from 41 overs.
Despite a gutsy 57 from Mitch Bench, a run-a-ball 38 from Ryan Thorpe and a promising 23 from Jonny Cutler, Claverham were never in touch with the required rate and they were eventually dismissed for a disappointing 131.
Claverham 2nd XI 114
Failand and Portbury 1st XI 115-0
At Henley Lane, the 2nd XI were having an equally difficult afternoon having lost four regulars to the first team.
Only James Fairall (35) managed a meaningful contribution in a below par total of 114 against Failand and Portbury. Simon Batchelor (56 not out) and Alistair McCathur (43 not out) raced F&P to victory inside 28 overs.
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