Cleeve get better of Bitton to claim another win and climb off the bottom of the table
PUBLISHED: 08:30 03 July 2019
Cleeve made it back-to-back wins with a strong all-round team performance at Bitton.
Sent into the field on a hot day, they saw Joe Hance remove both opening batsmen to leave the home side 20-2.
Andy Barnsley also impressed with the new ball, without reward, before captain Glenn Lewin introduced spinners Ben Pinkney (1-17), James Cole (2-17) and Nikhil Bhajipale, who took three wickets in a nine-over spell that cost just eight runs.
Connor Hance got in on the act late on with a brace as Bitton were dismissed for 99 in the 42nd over, with extras (19) the biggest contributor.
But Cleeve lost Cole and Mark Jones cheaply, before Barnsley showed patience alongside Lewin, who hit nine fours in his 41.
Barnsley (19 not out) struck four boundaries at the other end, before Sam Williams smacked three successive sixes in his unbeaten 23, from just five balls, to seal a seven-wicket win in the 13th over.
Victory lifted Cleeve off the bottom of the table and up to sixth place and they will look to make it three wins in a row in a home fixture with Lansdown at the King George V Playing Field on Saturday.
The seconds chose to bat first against YMCA thirds, but lost first-team opener Phil Gostlin cheaply.
Opening partner Dan Dixon (21) and captain Parsons (13) were both bowled, before veterans Kelston Crew (36) and Ben Hiles (33) steadied the ship.
They fell in quick succession and other wickets tumbled, with Andrew Martin, Lee Carpenter and son Josh all dismissed for four runs each.
Tom Redding managed only three, Josh Geal failed to trouble the scorers and Jack Whiting was unbeaten without score as Cleeve were dismissed for 158 in the 39th over.
Parsons tried seven different bowlers in reply, but Redding, Josh Carpenter, Martin, Crew, Dixon and Gostlin all failed to find a breakthrough.
The late introduction of youngster Josh Geal (2-18) saw Cleeve celebrate some success, but YMCA reached their target in the 25th over.
Cleeve head to Bishop Sutton this weekend hoping to find a turning point in their season.