Cleeve claim third successive victory, but seconds are still searching after heavy defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:25 09 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:25 09 July 2019

Cleeve seconds face the camera

Cleeve seconds face the camera

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Cleeve made it three wins in a row in Bristol & District League Division Two with a 30-run success over Lansdown seconds.

Brothers Ben and Nat Pinkney were welcomed to the club, having moved from a nearby outfit, and became the third set of siblings to play for the team this season.

Captain Glenn Lewin chose to bat first and opened with in-form all-rounder James Cole, but was dismissed for a first-over duck.

Cole (13) soon followed, with Andy Barnsley (13), Ben Jones (2), Connor Hance (19) and brother Joe (10) also succumbing.

Nikhil Bhajipale held firm to score a dogged 41, but Phil Gostlin was run out for just two, as Nat Pinkney (7) and Tom Carpenter (1) also fell cheaply.

But extras contributed a uesful 34 to the total as Ben Pinkney (12 not out) was left stranded in Cleeve's 154.

Barnsley took the new ball in reply and struck early on, with spinner Bhajipale having success at the other end as Ben Pinkey took a catch to make it 14-2.

Barnsley (4-33) and Bhajipale (1-27) combined well to keep Cleeve in control, with Cole (3-12) and Connor Hance (1-15) getting in the act as Nat Pinkney and Joe Hance went without reward.

Hance produced a run out to seal victory, though, as Carpenter performed well behind the stumps with a stumping and catch.

Victory leaves Cleeve in sixth ahead of hosting high-flying Lodway on Saturday.

The seconds are still searching for their first win of the season after defeat at Bishop Sutton.

The hosts chose to bat first at the picturesque Winford ground they call home, with Josh Geal and Jack Whiting struggling on the sloping pitch.

Captain George Parsons made changes early, with veteran Stuart Williams (2-28) breaking through in his eight-over spell.

Fellow spinner Kelston Crew (1-43) also had success, but Andrew Martin saw two chances spilled off his bowling as the home side piled up 294-4, despite a fine display from wicketkeeper Carey Elswood.

Cleeve lost Dan Dixon (2) in the first over of their reply, but young Will Grubb (42) showed maturity alongside Martin (46).

Parsons weighed in with a spirited 41, while Alex Grubb finished unbeaten on 21 as Cleeve batted out their 40 overs but suffered a 118-run loss.

They are set to welcome Hallen to King George V this weekend.

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