Cricket: Cole heroics not enough for Cleeve
PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 May 2019
Cleeve all-rounder James Cole shone for the second week running, but could not prevent defeat against Lodway in B&D Division Two.
Cole top scored with 74, took four wickets and produced a run out, but Lodway claimed a three-wicket win in the 37th over of their run chase.
The visitors put Cleeve into bat at King George V Playing Fields track and veteran Phil Gostlin opened with Cole, making 29.
Cole marched on despite wickets tumbling around him, as Andrew Barnsley (8) and Nikhil Bhajipale (3) were caught, Andrew Martin (1) bowled and skipper Glenn Lewin (6) run out.
Joe Hance threatened down at number seven, scoring 17, but Archie Ferris (3) and George Parsons (6) both perished to leave Dan Dixon (12*) and wicketkeeper Tom Carpenter (1*) the not out batsmen in a 45-over score of 188-9.
It was never going to be enough on such a good pitch, but had Lodway opener Tom Marsh not made 117, the result could have been different as only one other player made double figures.
It started so well for Cleeve with a great run out from Cole removing Marsh's opening partner for just three.
Hance (2-39) collected a brace of wickets as Cole (4-43) starred again with his eight overs of off-spin, with catches courtesy of Carpenter, Bhajipale and Ferris.
But Lodway claimed a win which left the Cleeve skipper frustrated at poor early season availability, knowing his young side have more to offer in the weeks ahead.
They visit Bath thirds this weekend.
Cleeve seconds saw their match with Hallen cancelled due to poor availability and the club welcomes new players.