Cleeve emphatically beaten by Long Ashton

PUBLISHED: 12:05 06 June 2018

Jamie Elswood.

Jamie Elswood.

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Cleeve were emphatically beaten by near neighbours Long Ashton by nine wickets in their latest league match.

Cleeve 149

Long Ashton 152-1

On dry humid afternoon, Long Ashton won the toss and elected to take to the field, a decision well justified as the wickets quickly tumbled.

Only father and son combo, Mark and Ben Jones managed double figures with 39 and 26 respectively, with Cleeve all out in just 33.3 overs for 149.

This total never looked competitive as Long Ashton knocked off the runs in the 28th over for the loss of just one wicket taken by Jack Wilkins.

An early finish left skipper Glenn Lewin frustrated at poor availability for this week’s fixture but no excuses with no-one turning up it would appear.

“A bad day at the office” was Lewin’s conclusion and a look forward to Saturday’s challenge, an away game to newcomer to the league, Bath.

Portishead 145-4

Cleeve 151-4

Portishead decided to bat after winning the toss and struggled to 145-4 off their allotted 40 overs on what was a good batting track.

The Cleeve bowling unit bowled tightly and were backed up by some good fielding. A wicket for veteran Kelston Crew and another Under-15 player Max Viney, but youngster Louis Ferris was the pick with seven overs, 2-10.

In reply, openers Lee Carpenter and Will Grubb went early for a combined 20 runs off the bat, opening the stage to 19-year-old Jamie Elswood for a fireworks display of boundaries which included 13 fours and two sixes, falling just short of what would have been a well-deserved century with 96 not out and steering the win by six wickets inside 32 overs.

The win leaves George Parson’s Cleeve side lying fourth, just three points off second place, not helped by a cancelled game the previous week, but set up positively for another home game next week to entertain Hampset 2nds.

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