Cleeve enjoy emphatic victory

PUBLISHED: 11:39 27 June 2018

Cleeve 1st team players Glenn Lewin and Mitch Want.

Cleeve 1st team players Glenn Lewin and Mitch Want.

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Cleeve enjoyed an emphatic 152-run victory over Bristol West Indian Phoenix.

Cleeve 250-9

Bristol West Indian Phoenix 98

Phoenix had no hesitation in taking to the field having won the toss which was a concern to Cleeve skipper Glenn Lewin on what looked like a great day to bat.

James Cole went early, caught for just three as Lewin batted sensibly, firstly with Ben Jones who went for 14. Then a half-century stand with Nikhil Bhajipale (30) as Lewin himself steered his way to his season’s first 50 before being bowled.

Mitch Want went lbw without troubling the scorers leaving the rest of the side to help build a score with contributions from most to include Jack Clemmence (29), Phil Gostlin (23), Mark Jones (30) and Andrew Barnsley (27), leaving keeper Tom Carpenter and bowler Jack Wilkins not out at the close on five and one respectively and a total of 250-9.

The Cleeve opening bowling duo of Barnsley and Want bowled with great discipline and conceded runs at less than three an over resulting in wickets tumbling on a regular basis.

Want took the first four wickets with Phoenix tabling just 34 runs. A combined effort from Barnsley (2-23) and Want (5-24), while Cole chipped in with one wicket and Bhajiaple took two wickets for just two runs.

Phoenix all out for just 98 in the 25th over, allowing Cleeve the benefit of a well-deserved early beer.

Captain Lewin relieved to have the season back on track with back-to-back wins and a half-century to his name. The result nudges Cleeve up to fourth, just 29 points off second place with a home game versus Blagdon to look forward on Saturday.

Hallen 1st XI 214-5

Cleeve 2nd XI 205

Hallen won the toss on a hot afternoon and elected to make first use of the strip.

Cleeve’s opening bowling pair consisting of youngsters Louis Ferris and Tom Redding, who bowled with control, both going for less than four an over, with a wicket apiece.

Older brother Archie Ferris bowled with similar control and also claimed a wicket. Veteran captain Kelston Crew also picked up a wicket as Hallen scored 214-5 off their 40 overs.

In reply, Dan Dixon and Ben Cave opened up the batting putting on 46 for the first wicket before Dixon perished for 19. Jamie Elswood showed signs of his recent form with 26 before being bowled.

Cave went for a measured 38 with debutant Adam Brown looked the part with a steady 44 before being run out. Archie Ferris showed some resistance with 19, but with three batsmen out for nought, Tom Redding was left stranded on 13 not out as the side was all out for 205, just nine runs short of victory in the 40th over.

Two narrow losses in a row in this tight division leaves Cleeve lying fifth.

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