Jake steers Clevedon to hard-fought victory

PUBLISHED: 14:14 28 June 2017

Jake Rowe leads Clevedon off the field.

Jake Rowe leads Clevedon off the field.

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Jake Rowe emerged as the player of the match for Clevedon in an excellent victory away at Bridgwater.

Clevedon 182

Bridgwater 125

Piers McBride snr reporting

Wailing and gnashing of teeth were much in evidence as the small, but loyal band of Clevedon followers meandered slowly and thoughtfully around the boundary line while Bridgwater’s high-octane pace attack cut swathes through the visiting batting line-up.

Clevedon’s top three, Masoor Khan, Max Curtis and Marc Lezar were summarily dealt with for a combined total of just 12, of which Mas made 12, before skipper Jacob Lintott (36) and Connor Crane (23) dug in to bring an air of stability to the proceedings.

However, pacemen Will Williams and Somerset stalwart Alfonso Thomas were much in the ascendancy with the ball and the promising partnership duly stalled at 58. After Connor had been caught behind Josh Davey and captain Lintott followed in short order to leave Clevedon on life support at 88-6.

Will Carpenter and keeper Will Plummer added 15 before Carpenter left the stage for 11 and at 103-7 the sackcloth and ashes were being laid out for Clevedon’s tea rather than the customary fare of tuna sandwiches and buttered scones.

Through the swirling mists and drizzle though emerged serial match winner Jake Rowe, after a brief hiatus in the second X1, and together with the pugnacious Plummer (21), he added 28 invaluable runs.

From 131-8 things got even better as Mathew Carpenter (18), took on the role of an all-rounder by sharing a match winning partnership of 44 for the ninth wicket with the obdurate Rowe who finished 36 not out as the final wicket fell at 182.

Something to bowl at nodded the faithful Clevedon sages, without any real conviction, as the blazing sun surely rendered the previously two paced wicket impotent.

An astonishing one-handed slip catch by Masoor Khan off Matt Carpenter lifted Clevedon spirits but Hallaran (20) and Bartlett (40) found few demons in the track as the score mounted steadily, but once a tremendous catch by WillCarpenter off Davey had broken the partnership the seeds of doubt had been well and truly sown.

The bowling illusionist that is Adeel Khan forced the highly-touted Bartlett to hit the ball straight to Lintott with the score at 94 and from that point Bridgwater caved in.

Needless to say, Jake Lintott held centre stage as he demolished the home middle order and tail with figures of 5-29 from nine mesmeric overs.

For a number of seasons Bridgwater have proved just too good for Clevedon so this result laid that bogey, this time it was the hosts who crumbled rather than the visitors.

Captain Lintott inspires his troops by leading by example, but he does have a talented squad at his disposal and in this match each and every one of his troops proved their worth.

My personal man of this match has to be Jake Rowe. He stood tall and held firm when it really mattered, marshalling the tail and gifting the bowlers with a genuine target at which to aim.

Of course skipper Lintott took five for next to nothing and top scored, but perhaps his infallibility is just beginning to wane, after all, he did lose the toss.

Seven wins out of eight now and the halfway point of the season arrives at Dial Hill on Saturday when Downend come to call. Play commences at 12.30pm.

Standings, all played eight: Bath 149 pts; Clevedon 134; Potterne 111; Bristol, 102; Frocester 102; Downend 98; Bridgwater 92; Corsham 88; Lechlade 79; Bedminster 65.

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