Cricket: Cleeve beat Bristol Pakistanis in midweek cup

PUBLISHED: 17:56 13 June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:56 13 June 2019

Nikhil Bhajipale in bowling action

Nikhil Bhajipale in bowling action

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Cleeve got the better of Bristol Pakistanis in the Bristol & District Cup on Wednesday.

Mitch Want in batting actionMitch Want in batting action

Despite several days of rain and wet conditions at Netham Park the umpires decided play was possible and Cleeve captain Glenn Lewin put the home side into bat.

And the slow pitch and damp outfield, coupled with Cleeve's tight bowling and fielding, kept the Bristol Pakistanis batsmen in check in the 16-over contest.

Phil Gostlin produced two run outs and Tom Carpenter a pair of stumpings as Andrew Barnsley (1-21), Joe Hance (2-25) and Nikhil Bhajipale (3-21) shared wickets to dismiss the hosts for 98.

But as rain fell more heavily, Cleeve lost their openers for single figures and would suffer three run outs due to the slippery surface.

Barnsley scored a steadying 17 and Mitch Want blasted the soggy ball to the boundary on several occasions to top score with 27.

Archie Ferris made 12, before Bhajipale and Sam Williams saw Cleeve to victory in the 14th over.

Cleeve will visit Bradly Stoke in the second round next Wednesday (June 19).

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