Nailsea win again in their push for promotion

PUBLISHED: 10:25 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:25 25 July 2018

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Nailsea recorded a fine victory over Shirehampton in their push for promotion.

Nailsea first team travelled to a resurgent Shirehampton for another tough game as they push for promotion and another league title.

A solid bowling performance restricted Shire to 167-8 at tea, with wickets for all the bowlers.

In reply, Nailsea got off to another fine start through Mike Ready (26) and Henry Davies (55) who added 90 for the first wicket. It was then left to Tom Moss (35 not out) and Dave Ingram (33 not out) to see Nailsea to their seven-wicket win.

With just six games left, next week’s visit of Pak Bristolians will be a keenly-fought contest, weather permitting.

Cleeve seconds were the visitors to The Grove to take on the Seconds, on a dry wicket and lightning fast outfield.

Cleeve got off to a fine start through Carey Elswood (67) and Phil Gostlin (56), who added 122 for the first wicket. However, thanks to excellent bowling from Ellis Turner, with 5-51, and 3-28 from veteran pace bowler Richard Billows, Nailsea reeled Cleeve back in. James Warren bowled beautifully again, his eight overs yielding 1-23, Nailsea did remarkably well to bowl Cleeve out for 224.

After a much-needed breather, Nailsea got off to a poor start, losing three quick wickets, all to a lively Louis Ferris, (3-5) for just 11 runs.

With Simon Hopkinson joining Tej Chadeesingh, the pair began to rebuild the innings with a patient stand of 68, before Tej fell for a fine 42.

With Hopkinson and Steve Lester (18) taking Nailsea to 131-5 with plenty of time left, a close finish remained a possibility. However once, Lester, Hopkinson (43) and Nick Jervis (12) fell in quick succession, it was Cleeve who took the well-earned spoils from a good game, as Nailsea were all out for 152.

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