Cricket: Clevedon sink Bath to finish mid-table
PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 September 2019
Clevedon ended the West of England Premier League season in a mid-table position after beating runners-up Bath on Saturday.
The 2018 champions had only ensured their survival a week earlier and a 59-run success saw them clinch sixth place, 50 points clear of the drop zone.
Captain Jacob Lintott chose to bat first after winning the toss at North Parade and saw Harry Ellison (21) put on 63 with Masoor Khan.
But Khan (34) then fell with just two more runs added to the total and Lintott followed to make it 91-3.
Wickets continued to fall, as the visitors slipped to 134-6, before Greg Willows and Connor Crane combined in the second-best partnership.
Willow smacked four sixes and four fours in his 35-ball 56, with Crane (26 not out) marshalling the tail to lift the final score to 214-9 in 41 overs.
Dan Williams struck early with the ball in Bath's reply, with Ben Charleworth also having success to reduce the hosts to 25-3.
But a 74-run stand for the fourth wicket held up the Clevedon charge, before Lintott - after a hat-trick in a seven-wicket haul against Bedminster a week earlier -opened his account.
Charleworth (2-21) and Lintott added further scalps, with Will Thirkell (2-28) nabbing a quick brace to leave the home side 144-8.
And after Willows had produced a run out, it was skipper Lintott (3-33) who wrapped up the winnings to seal a fourth successive victory for his side.
Having lost six of their first nine matches this season, the Dial Hill club were still very much looking over their shoulders at the start of August after suffering three more defeats in the second half of the campaign.
But after losing to Potterne, the new champions, wins over Lansdown, Bridgwater, Bedminster and Bath means they can prepare for another top-flight outing in 2020.
West of England Premier
FINAL P W L A T Pts
Potterne 18 13 4 0 1 301
Bath 18 11 5 1 1 270
Bedminster 18 11 6 1 0 243
Cheltenham 18 8 9 0 1 223
Bridgwater 18 8 10 0 0 217
Clevedon 18 9 9 0 0 215
Lansdown 18 7 10 1 0 208
Downend 18 8 7 2 1 207
Taunton St Andrews 18 5 13 0 0 165
Bristol 18 5 12 1 0 159