Cleeve batting hero Barnsley follows ton with six of best to sink table-topping Bath
PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 July 2019
Andy Barnsley was the all-round hero for Cleeve as they beat Bristol & District Division Two leaders Bath thirds by 27 runs on Saturday.
Put into bat at the King George V Playing Fields after losing the toss, they saw captain Glenn Lewin hit four fours in his 23.
Connor Hance (12), James Cole (2) and Joe Hance (10) all fell cheaply, but Barnsley held firm despite the loss of partners.
Mitch Want hit a brisk 17, but Nikhil Bhajipale fell for just one before Tom Birt (20 not out) gave late support.
Barnsley carried his bat to finish unbeaten on 110, having hit 11 fours, as Cleeve closed on 214-6.
After proud mum had provided the usual excellent tea, Barnsley took the new ball and removed Bath's top order.
Skipper Lewin shuffled his bowling attack, but Joe Barnley, Ben Pinkney, Bhajipale and Cole went unrewarded as Joe Hance (1-42) had some success.
Man of the match Barnsley finished with superb figures of 6-20 from his nine overs as Bath closed short of their target on 187-7, with Cleeve's fourth win in five outings lifting them up to fifth place in a tight division.
Their young side visit Hampset this weekend, hoping for good availability and more success.
The seconds were also able to celebrate after claiming a seven-wicket win over their Portishead in a Division Nine derby.
An experienced Cleeve side travelled to the Lake Grounds and stand-in captain Kelston Crew asked the hosts to bat first.
Nat Pinkney and Tom Redding bowled well without success, before veteran spinners Stuart Williams and Andy Martin made the breakthrough.
Paul Todd went wicketless, but Dan Dixon (1-18) struck with his second ball and veterans Mark Jones (2-20) and Phil Gostlin (3-11) ran through the middle overs.
Pinkney and Redding returned to claim a wicket apiece as the home side were dismissed for 179 and Charlie Grubb made the most of an early reprieve in reply.
Dropped on 15, Grubb made Portishead pay as he found the boundary with regularity alongside Martin.
They put on a century stand in 19 overs and Grubb (103) reached his hundred with his third six, after hitting 13 fours, before succumbing with the score on 153.
Martin (45) followed soon after, before Gostlin and Jones sealed victory ahead of a home clash with Hampset on Saturday.