Last pair secure exciting victory for Cleeve

PUBLISHED: 14:11 28 June 2017

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Cleeve's last pair of batsmen put on 48 for the last wicket to earn victory against West United.

Cleeve came out on top against West United, winning an exciting match with one ball to spare and with the last pair at the wicket.

Winning the toss, West United elected to bat first and posted 213-8 from their 45 overs. Cleeve bowled tidily with openers Andy Barnsley and Joe Hance conceding just three runs an over from their combined 17 overs.

Hance picked up the wickets with eight overs 2-25, while all-rounder Mitch Want pitched in with two more towards the end.

In reply, Cleeve had a patchy batting performance, but opener James Cole continued his steady starts with 29. There was a wobble as Oliver Thew, Dan Jones and Want all fell without adding much to the runs tally, before captain Glenn Lewin and Nikhil Bhajipale steadied the ship with 40 runs each, but both got out, just as they looked set.

More wickets tumbled as a win looked doubtful as last pair Hance and Tom Carpenter came together on 166-9, needing 48 more to win.

But cool heads by these young players and great running between the wickets brought a win with one ball to spare. Carpenter finished on 11 not out and Hance moved to 50 not out with the winning shot – his first senior 50 for the 18-year-old pace bowler.

Cleeve stay fourth and look forward with renewed confidence to a home tie on Saturday versus Lodway.

Joe Hance.

Seconds skipper Kelston Crew won the toss and elected to field with Hambrook scoring 195-9 off their allotted overs of 43, reduced due to a sharp rain shower.

Youngster Josh Carpenter opened the bowling conceding just 21 off five overs, picking up one wicket. Dan Dixon finished with 2-24 and Crew with another one, but the honours went to Mike Luker, who finished with 5-31.

In reply, Cleeve struggled early on with only opener Phil Goslin and Jamie Elswood at three reaching double figures with 20 and 18 runs respectively.

Luker came to the crease batting at seven carted the ball to all corners of the ground, finally going caught behind by the keeper for 75, leaving the home side 26 runs short, but certainly kept the home crowd entertained.

Mike Luker.

Following wins over WEPL Premier League sides Keynsham and Chipping Sodbury in the first two rounds, Division 3 side Cleeve benefitted from another home tie against another WEPL Premier league side, Midsomer Norton.

Midsomer opted to bat first and scored quickly from the off with 19 off the first two overs, despite two wickets falling to opening bowler Joe Hance.

Despite a late flurry of wickets, the run rate continued throughout as the visitors posted a daunting 188-6. Hance finished with 3-33 with skipper Glenn Lewin continuing his good cup form with another three wickets.

In reply, Cleeve started well led by opener Mitch Want, who continued his rich run of form with the run rate being matched for the first four overs.

However, once Want was caught in the deep midway through the fifth over for 35 (including seven fours), pressure built quickly with only Lewin reaching double figures with 13 as the innings fell away to be all out for 106.

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