Cleeve crash to heavy defeat

PUBLISHED: 08:29 23 August 2017

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Cleeve crashed to a heavy defeat against Hampset, losing by 148 runs.

Hampset 319-5

Cleeve 171

Following another damp week, it was hoped that the pitch might respond early on so Cleeve skipper Glenn Lewin elected to field first having won the toss.

Hampset made good use of a small pitch and some spilt chances to include their centurion, dropped on just four with a sharp chance. The only real measure of control came from opening bowler Mitch Want with 2-42 and off-spinner guyNikhil Bhajipale, with 2-35, Hampset setting a daunting target of 319-5 off their allotted overs.

Cleeve needed a solid start, but the wickets tumbled at regular intervals with just four players making double figures to include James Cole (24), Mark Jones (29) and topped by Bhajipale with 57, with a man of the match performance following his bowling efforts, as Cleeve were all out in just the 37th over for 171.

Almondsbury 249-7

Cleeve 88

Almondsbury won the toss electing to take advantage of what appeared to be a fantastic strip.

Cleeve, struggling yet again with numbers, started the game with just nine players before being joined by a 10th. Opening bowlers Jamie Elwood and off-spinner and skipper Kelston Crew, bowled tidily.

The skipper kept ringing the bowling changes calling on eight bowlers in all with Doug Minter just one maiden over towards the end. The other wickets were picked up by seam bowler Dan Dixon (2-40) and Stuart Williams (3-46).

Cleeve needed a solid start but as the wickets tumbled it was left to opener Phil Goslin to prop up the inning with a steady 47, unluckily caught going for what would have been a well-deserved half-century.

Elswood threatened, having notched up a century away Almondsbury earlier in the season, but perished for 16. Even extras struggled to make double figures with Cleeve all out for just 88 in the 34th over.

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