Rampant Clevedon cruise to two excellent victories

PUBLISHED: 11:54 27 June 2018

Greg Willows and Masoor Khan.

Greg Willows and Masoor Khan.

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Clevedon recorded two excellent victories over the week, beating former league leaders Downend and then defeating Bath in the National Club Championship.

Piers McBride catching the sun on Dial Hill

Not even a spectacular fly-past by the Red Arrows, all nine of them, could throw a shadow over the exploits of Jake Lintott’s merry band of high flying cricketers on Dial Hill last weekend.

Having totally outplayed league leading Downend on Saturday, Clevedon racked up a most memorable double by handing current league champions Bath a lop sided defeat in Sunday’s fourth round National Club Championship Cup competition.

Downend 102

Clevedon 106-0

Having read last week’s North Somerset Times, the Clevedon cricket loving public flocked in droves to Dial Hill for this match of the day between the league leading Downend and their closest challengers.

When I say ‘flocked in droves’ it was more like one flock in one drove but however, many local spectators did turn up they were surely treated to a scintillating if somewhat abbreviated display from their favourites.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Downend were completely overwhelmed by an imperious Clevedon side which oozed class from every department.

With pace ace Matthew Carpenter out through injury, skipper Jake Lintott had no hesitation in throwing the ball to left-arm spinning maestro Masoor Khan to open the bowling in tandem with speedster Danny Williams after the visitors had won the toss and elected to make first use of a batsman friendly track.

A spectacular catch at slip by Masoor off Williams prised open the top off the Downend batting order and in all honesty that was about it as a meaningful contest.

Up stepped the aforementioned Masoor to reel off 10 seemingly unplayable overs and destroy the visitors top and middle order. Three of his five victims were clean bowled, including the prodigious run reaper Ian Cockbain, and Mas even found time to catch the dangerous Joe Dryell off the bowling of Max Curtis.

All-rounder Khan closed with 5-34, Max Curtis took 2-13 and there was one wicket apiece for Danny Williams and Will Thirkell.

Downend’s innings withered and died inside 30 of their 50 allotted overs and Masoor had just 10 minutes to divest himself of his bowling boots and step into his dapper and eye catching batting footwear in order to open the innings with his opening partner Gregg Willows.

What can I tell you? Not too much I’m afraid because this pair blended perfectly to reach the target in short order, just 18 overs used to secure a 10-wicket victory.

Young Gregg included 11 fours in his run-a-ball 57 not out while at the other end Masoor, forever the seeker of perfection, batted with complete serenity to reach an unbeaten 35, a six and five fours punctuating his time out in the middle.

Well in all honesty none of us expected that. The match ended in inside three and a half hours just in time for players of both sides to enjoy a sumptuous tea which, fittingly enough, had been prepared by no less a figure than Masoor’s mum.

So Clevedon visit Potterne on Saturday, a match which will complete the first half of an 18 match league programme.

Now in splendid isolation at the top of the league, Jake Lintott and his team have certainly shown a voracious appetite for victory thus far but there are still 10 games left and it’s a sure thing that almost every team in this high octane race for honours will certainly fancy their chances of picking up the silverware.

Clevedon’s side looks well balanced and they do deserve to be leading the field for the first time in the club’s history.

Half term report time then.

Skipper Jacob Lintott and coach Piers McBride have worked tirelessly to build a squad capable of competing at the very highest level and the players have responded accordingly.

With the Second and Third elevens challenging for Bristol and District League honours, the Clevedon club has never been stronger with young cricketers benefitting from the dedicated team of coaches who work tirelessly on the enhancing the skills of all age groups.

Certainly optimism is high on Dial Hill right now, but the job is only half done and over the coming weeks the pressure is sure to intensify.

West of England Premier League One standings, all played eight: Clevedon 144 pts; Downend 124; Bath 109; Bristol 109; Potterne 106; Taunton St Andrews 101; Bridgwater 83; Bedminster 81; Goatacre 77; Frocester 66.

Clevedon 250-6

Bath 165

In blazing sunshine Clevedon won the toss and opted to bat first in this National Club Championship Cup 40-over competition.

Still buoyed by their Saturday victory over Downend the hosts started brightly with Harry Ellison (26) and Greg Willows (16), adding 40 for the first wicket, but three wickets fell in rapid succession before skipper Jacob Lintott (69) and Connor Crane (47), joined forces to add 120 for the fourth wicket.

Will Plummer (18 not out) and Will Carpenter (18 not out), went at it helter skelter to share an unbroken partnership over the closing overs and with 42 runs added to the total in extras, Bath found themselves facing a formidable target after tea.

Ben Ackland (44) and the free-scoring Paul Muchall added 96 for the third wicket, but once the pair were parted the defiant Muchall found himself running out of partners as Clevedon’s left-arm Mafia led by Will Thirkell gained total control.

Wickets fell in a hurry before a cast away Muchall fell for 81 at the hands of Jake Rowe. Three absolutely stunning catches courtesy of Cam Harding, Greg Willows and Dan Williams illuminated a special all-round performance in the field as Will Thurkell (5-37), and Jake Rowe (3-13) did most of the heavy lifting with the ball.


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