Clevedon captain takes four wickets in four balls
PUBLISHED: 14:28 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 05 July 2017
Clevedon captain Jacob Lintott continued his impressive form with the ball, by destroying Downend’s batting line-up to help his side to another victory.
Piers McBride from Dial Hill
Well now, it is Saturday evening as I write this and unless these rheumy old eyes of mine have deceived me, I have just witnessed cricketing history being made on Dial Hill.
Oh I’m fully aware that my weekly back page ramblings are perceived by many to be riddled with nepotism and hyperbole, but I have to tell you that on this occasion I am really lost for words
Even perusal of Roget’s Thesaurus, thought by some members of the first eleven to be a Dutch all-rounder currently playing for Claverham, has left me speechless.
So, without further ado let me just keep it simple and let you draw your own conclusions.
Winning the toss in blazing sunshine, Clevedon skipper Jacob Lintott opted to bat first, as he usually does, and with Andrew Solomons and Marc Lezar both unavailable, free-scoring Harley Foley was drafted into the side to open with Masoor Khan.
Harley surely nailed down a first eleven place as he overcame a slightly nervous start to crash five fours and a six in his eye-catching 39, while adding 74 for the first wicket.
It seemed like lollipops and roses would be the order of the day from that point, but no such luck. With Masoor marooned fighting a rearguard action at one end, Clevedon’s batsmen departed with undue haste at the other.
Not one other player reached double figures and it was only thanks to Mas, last out for 78, that Clevedon managed to claw their way to 174 all out with four overs left unused.
After tea, Mas Khan and Max Curtis accounted for the visiting openers but at 79-2 Downend were quids in and purring towards their target. At this point, captain Jacob Lintott brought himself into the attack as second change and from there on it was carnage.
Downend’s batsmen didn’t know whether they were punched, bored or countersunk as the wickets tumbled to Clevedon’s monarch of mesmerism. It suddenly became apparent to the vociferous gathering on the balcony that they were witnessing a truly remarkable spell of bowling.
First of all Jacob despatched the dangerous Loud for 25, stumped by Will Plummer, and from then on it was a genuine one-man show.
The visitors had no answer to the wiles of the inspired sovereign of spin who bowled the dangerous overseas player Reynolds - Pringle for 11 before embarking on a truly incredible over.
He clean bowled four batsmen in four balls and almost made it five in five when his lbw shout was turned down. Jacob quickly claimed the scalp of number 11 Gregory with another unplayable delivery and that was that.
Skipper Jacob returned the figures of 7-20 from eight overs, six clean bowled, and he included no fewer than 39 dot balls in his match-winning spell. Not only is four victims in four balls a genuine rarity in any form of cricket, to capture each one of the four clean bowled is virtually unheard of.
So Clevedon reach the halfway point of the season with eight victories from nine matches. This is an astonishing record in such a strong league.
On Saturday, the travelling road show moves to Frocester and then, on July 15, table-topping Bath will come to call. Bath, like Clevedon, have lost one and won eight, but they have more bonus points.
Standings, all played nine: Bath 169 pts; Clevedon 153; Potterne 117; Bridgwater 111; Frocester 108; Bristol 107; Downend 103; Lechlade 100; Corsham 93; Bedminster 86.
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