Harry and Max ease Clevedon to comfortable victory at Dial Hill

PUBLISHED: 12:09 06 June 2018

Max Curtis.

Max Curtis.

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Clevedon cruised to a comfortable victory over Bedminster to claim third spot in the league, just seven points behind leaders Taunton St Andrews.

Bedminster 180-8

Clevedon 182-2

Piers McBride nodding off on Dial Hill

As you may know I have been under medical supervision of late and, as a result, instructed to avoid tense situations, extreme excitement, physical exertion and, above all, stress of any kind.

I have never been one to indulge in hyperbole, but litotes is a horse of quite a different colour and I have to say that the first three and a half hours of this soporific affair had me virtually in the arms of Morpheus.

Winning the toss and electing to bat on an absolute belter of a track, Bedminster’s openers treated the conditions with such suspicion that you might have thought Trueman and Statham were operating in tandem with a brand-new ball on an uncovered wicket. Oh alright then, Broad and Anderson if you don’t go back that far.

Any old how, Matt Carpenter and Danny Williams kept things tight to such a degree that skipper Jacob Lintott opted to bring on a third seamer, Cameron Harding, as first change, unheard of round these parts where mystery spinner Masoor Khan usually steps up to the plate after eight or nine overs.

Cam broke the opening stand by trapping Phil Hughes lbw for a 56-ball 17 and his partner Max Tyfonos followed almost at once, 17 from 48 deliveries, caught by Danny Williams off Jacob Lintott.

Now becalmed at 48-2 from 20 overs the visitors continued to bat with grave suspicion and though George Russell (45 from 75 balls) and skipper Rob Cunliffe (33 from 66) added 85 for the third wicket it was all at such a pedestrian rate that you might have thought a lollypop lady was escorting them between the wickets as they sought to up the tempo.

By now the man with the golden arm Lintott was in total control with 4-30 from 10 overs, and he was aided and abetted by his bowling buddy Masoor Khan, 1-40 off 10, Matt Carpenter 1-22 from seven, Danny Williams 1-39 from 10, Cam Harding 1-16 from six and all-rounder Max Curtis, five overs for just 12 runs.

Bedminster ran out of overs at 180-8 and it took 25 extras to give an air of respectability to their final total. The fact there were just seven boundaries throughout the entire 50 overs reflects the lack of aggression employed by the visitors, although a great deal of credit has to go to Clevedon’s bowlers and the team’s out-cricket in general.

You know I’ve been banging on recently regarding the flimsy state of Clevedon’s top order, well thankfully I’ve now been forced to swallow my rather indigestible words as the leading batsmen stuffed my opinions back down my throat.

Opening partners Masoor Khan, four boundaries in his 21 and Gregg Willows, 12 off 12, added 41 in next to no time and though they had both perished at 54-2, the stage was now set for the top of the bill double act.

Young Max Curtis, seven boundaries in his glistening 61 not out, gave not the semblance of a chance as he scored freely all around the wicket and together with man of the match Harry Ellison (73 not out) at a run-a-ball in an innings punctuated by 12 fours and a six, he joined in an unbroken stand of 128.

Harry, to whom an ugly stroke is nothing short of an anathema, completed Clevedon’s quest for victory with five successive boundaries and without a hair out of place he marched off with no fewer that 17 overs remaining.

Are Clevedon the real deal? Well we might just find out this Saturday when Bristol pay a visit to Dial Hill. Last weekend they treated Bath to a right royal thumping after scoring 345-6 from their 50 overs.

As for me, I now have to relax and do my best to master the moves and strategy of Fortnite, I keep on getting killed which most certainly would be totally against doctor’s orders.

Standings, all played five: Taunton St Andrews 89 points; Downend 85; Clevedon 82 pts; Bath 72; Bristol 66; Potterne; 61; Goatacre 57; Frocester 44; Bridgwater 40; Bedminster 38.


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