Clevedon close the gap on the leaders

PUBLISHED: 11:52 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 26 July 2017

Andy Solomons.

Andy Solomons.


Clevedon closed the gap on league leaders Bath by one point as both sides saw their matches abandoned by the wet weather.

Corsham 46-3


Match abandoned

Piers McBride snr reporting

Well first the good news, second-placed Clevedon have closed the gap on league leaders Bath as the result of this encounter in darkest Wiltshire.

On the other hand though, the lead has been cut by just one as Clevedon snatched a bowling point during the brief period of play which the weather permitted.

Bath’s game with Frocester fell foul of the weather completely so they picked up just the six points allotted for an abandoned match. Clevedon captured an extra point for taking three wickets on their visit to Corsham.

Now it becomes difficult for how can I write an eye catching report of a match which lasted just 14 overs? Well it took me an hour and a half to get there, holiday traffic on the M5, and an hour and three quarters to get home, faulty map reading wife sitting alongside me, so I’d hate to have wasted the best part of a day for nothing.

The home ground was subjected to an absolute deluge midway through the morning and with seagulls circling, presumably in anticipation of catching minnows or newts, the square was soon pretty much awash.

To their credit the home ground staff worked hard to protect the wicket and once the rain had eased the umpires were keen to get things underway and they did just that at 1pm.

Corsham won the toss and opted to bat first, but they soon realised the error of their ways when Clevedon’s cult hero Andrew Solomons had the highly-regarded Abbott brilliantly caught at slip by the seemingly double jointed Masoor Khan.

One for one very quickly became two for two as Solomons immediately trapped Chris Reed lbw bang in front.

Corsham’s gifted South African all-rounder and opening bat Romano Esau, who made 96 in no time on Dial Hill earlier in the season, tucked into Matt Carpenter at the other end with three boundaries in rapid succession, but once he found himself confronted by a fired-up Solomons, he perished when his off stump was uprooted in spectacular fashion to leave the hosts wobbling at 32-3.

The speed twins bowled in perfect harmony for six overs each at which point skipper Jacob Lintott opted to turn to spin, but no sooner had flight and guile taken the place of pace and fury than the heavens opened and that was all she wrote.

An ebullient Solomons was virtually unplayable closing with 3-11 from his six overs, while Matt Carpenter, six overs for 28, had numbers four and five, Bullen and Collier hopping around like herrings on a griddle. That was it, 14 overs and then Jupiter Pluvius really took over.

So perhaps a half term report card might not come amiss. Statistics by Paul Whyte -

leading batsmen: Masoor Khan 490 runs, ave 49; Jacob Lintott 480 (48); Max Curtis 266 (26.60); Andrew Solomons 179 (19.89); Will Carpenter 148 (16.44).

Leading bowlers: Andrew Solomons, 23 wkts, ave 12.96; Jake Lintott 24 wkts (17.00); Matt Carpenter 11 (17.00); Masoor Khan 13 (21.85).

Prolific run scorers Masoor Khan and Lintott head the batting averages, while with the ball Matt Carpenter and Andrew Solomons have consistently struck early blows at the sharp end of the attack, while the spin quartet of Adeel Khan, Masoor Khan, Jake Rowe, and Jacob Lintott are second to non in the entire league.

Particularly high standards have been set in the field by John Bachelor, Jake Rowe and the mercurial Will Carpenter, who can catch absolutely anything above ground, while behind the stumps Will Plummer is intuitive and inspirational.

For the future? Look towards Ben Keysall who has already equipped himself well in the 1st XI by scoring runs at a rapid pace in KO Cup matches. Ollie Wilson, a gifted keeper-batsman who has made his 1st X1 debut in the B&D quarter-final and talented young all-rounders Jack Houston and Tabish Khan, who have already played in the senior side with some distinction.

Bristol come to call at Dial Hill this Saturday and Clevedon will be keen to reverse the defeat they suffered at their hands earlier in the season.

West of England Premier One standings (all played 12): Bath 213 pts; Clevedon 182; Bristol 149; Downend 145; Bedminster 143; Bridgwater 139; Potterne 137; Lechlade 133; Frocester 126; Corsham 110.

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