Cleeve cruise to comfortable victory

PUBLISHED: 11:13 16 May 2018

James Cole.

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Cleeve enjoyed a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Old Down.

Old Down 132

Cleeve 133-3

With warm yet overcast conditions, on winning the toss, home captain Glenn Lewin had no hesitation in taking to the field.

The Cleeve bowling unit attacked with control from seamers Lewin and brothers Joe and Connor Hance, the latter two both claiming a wicket each. But not for the first time, it was left to the spin department to provide the wickets.

First with Nikhil Bhajipale with three off his allotted nine overs for just 26 runs. The late introduction of James Cole produced five more wickets off just five overs for a measly15 runs, leaving Old Down all out for 132 in just 38 overs.

In reply, openers Phil Goslin and Lewin went for a combined 20 runs, the former struggling with a knee issue resulting from a fielding incident earlier in the day.

Bhajipale added another 19 before veteran Mark Jones and all-rounder Mitch Want brought the side home with 21 and 41 respectively, both not out.

A win inside 23 overs and an early pint, with a match at Lodway to look forward to.

Bristol Aces 261-6

Cleeve 2nds 141-8

Bristol Aces won the toss and decided to make first use of the new wicket and played shots to all corners of the ground.

Mike Smith picked up two wickets, with one wicket each for youngster Louis Ferris, Tom Redding, Max Viney and Paul Todd as Aces ended on 261-4.

In reply, openers Lee Carpenter and Dan Dixon looked to dent the big score, but Carpenter went early for no score. Dixon and Ben Cave provided the only real resistance with 31 and 26 respectively.

This soon ended up being an exercise of securing some points rather than a win which was disappointing for young skipper George Parsons, with the score ending on 141-8.

A local derby up next, home to Nailsea 2nds where Parsons will hope to put out a strong side.

Sunday saw friendly 30-over encounter seeing Flame reach 148-4 off their allotted overs, courtesy of eight dropped catches and some fairly average bowling.

The exception being youngster Alfie Parsons picking up a wicket off his two overs for very few runs, showing some of his senior team mates how to pitch the ball up to the bat.

In reply, Cleeve openers Mitch Want and Jack Clemments both hit unbeaten half centuries allowing others to knock off the remaining runs, completing the victory inside 20 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

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