Cleeve cruise to emphatic victory in local derby

PUBLISHED: 14:27 05 July 2017

Cleeve Cricket Club.

Cleeve Cricket Club.


Cleeve cruised to a 156-run victory over local rivals Lodway, with Sam Williams taking five wickets.

A cloudy morning gave way to blue skies and sunshine as the Cleeve and Lodway captains met in the middle to carry out the toss.

Cleeve captain, Glenn Lewin opted to take advantage of what looked like a great batting track and openers James Cole and Jack Clemmence provided a steady start, both leaving lbw for 23 and 35 respectively.

Sam Williams went the same way shortly after, giving way to skipper Lewin, who showed what a great batting surface this was with 79 in quick time before being caught in the deep.

Nikhil Bhajipale accumulated steadily alongside his skipper with 58 not out, while all-rounder, Mitch Want hit a welcomed quick-fire with 53 not out towards the end, leaving the hosts with a commanding 268-4 off their 45 overs.

In reply, Lodway got off to a flyer with the ball going to all parts of the ground. The skipper’s decision to take the pace of the ball in the seventh over with the introduction of 17-year-old Williams, was rewarded with just the second ball as Lodway’s opener was caught at short mid-wicket for 44.

First change seam bowler, Andy Barnsley soon found his rhythm, deserving more wickets than his 1-30 showed. From then on, the wickets continued to fall as the batsman failed to read the spin from Williams, who ended on career best figures of 5-14.

He was ably supported by fellow spinners, Cole with (2-17) and Bhajipale (2-2) as Lodway were all out for just 112 in just 27.2 overs, 156 runs shy of the Cleeve target.

Mitch Want, Glenn Lewin and Nikhil Bajipale.

Stand-in 2nd XI skipper Mike Smith won the toss and elected to field. Despite some early wickets for brothers Louis and Archie Ferris, a BAC opener battered 137 which was the main difference as they posted 302-7 off their 45 overs.

Older brother Archie winning the siblings battle with two wickets, two more for Dan Dixon with one each for Smith and the younger Ferris.

In reply, despite Phil Gosling and Dan Dixon going for single figures, opener Carey Elswood looked set before being caught for a credible 75, Will Mann added 41, with youngster Josh Carpenter outscoring his dad, Lee, with 26, but there was just not enough in the tank as Cleeve were runners up 217-7, 85 runs short of the target.

Cleeve Under-15 captain Ben Jones blasted his way to his maiden century against local rivals Clevedon.

Clevedon the toss and elected to bat and amassed 166-3 off their 20 overs. There was a wicket apiece from Tom Shore, Charlie Bond and Jones.

However, with Cleeve’s turn to bat, Jones blasted his way to 106 not out including 20 fours. This followed his first senior half century 10 days before. He was ably supported by Josh Carpenter with 34 not out as Cleeve won by nine wickets inside just 17.5 overs.

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