Cricket: Cleeve climb with success over Hambrook

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 August 2019

Nikhil Bhajipale took 5-27 for Cleeve against Hambrook

Nikhil Bhajipale took 5-27 for Cleeve against Hambrook


Cleeve moved up to fifth in B&D Division Two with a five-wicket win over strugglers Hambrook.

Captain Glenn Lewin (1-25) and Andrew Barnsley (1-19) had success with the new ball, but James Cole and Nat Pinkney were unrewarded.

Ben Jones made a vital breakthrough thanks to a second catch from Mitch Want to make it 131-3, before Nikhil Bhajipale struck.

The pair shared the next six wickets, with Bhajipale taking 5-27 as Hambrook were all out for 157.

Lewin (18) and Barnsley (34) made starts in reply, with Jones making a top score of 42 and Want hitting two sixes and two fours in his 20.

Veterans Mark Jones and Phil Gostlin sealed victory in the 30th over ahead of a trip to Bishopston seconds.

Understrength Cleeve seconds were all out for 95 at Downend thirds, with Dan Dixon (40) their top scorer.

And the hosts eased to a 10-wicket win in just 11 overs ahead of Cleeve's home date with Dyrham & Hinton.

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