Narrow rain-affected defeat for Claverham

PUBLISHED: 12:28 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 02 August 2017

Sam Jukes.

Sam Jukes.

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Claverham finished just four runs short in a rain-affected match at home to Taunton.

Claverham 168-4

Lost by 4 runs D/L method

A breathtaking finish in damp conditions saw Taunton sneak home by just four runs in a thriller at Henley Lane.

Electing to bat first, Taunton got off to a flier helped by some wayward Claverham bowling. Dom Hooper (2-29 from 10 overs) maintained control and a constant threat, but at the other end the home side’s bowlers sprayed it around like a loose hosepipe.

The introduction of Keith Miles (1-37 from 10) stemmed the flow, but with Taunton bringing up the 150 in the 20th over thanks mainly to a super 84 from 67 balls from Simon Clint, a massive total was on the cards.

Mat Croker was introduced and despite taking some punishment he managed to make regular breakthroughs to slow the rate and help his side pick up additional bowling points to finish with 4-69 from 10.

The home side had at least fought back and having already scored 300+ against Taunton earlier in the season, they knew the chase was possible.

The early loss of James Copeland (1) was not the start required, but skipper Richardson joined Mitch Bench (28) and the pair added 60 for the second wicket.

Bench’s departure bought Ryan Thorpe to the crease but he perished for just 11 frustratingly caught at extra cover after already hitting two fine fours in what was a good over for the home side.

Dom Hooper joined the skipper and with the skies darkening the pair began to hunt down the Duckworth Lewis target. Over by over, Claverham closed in but the departure of Hooper for a run-a-ball 24 gave D/L another boost.

Richardson powered on launching Cooper for two huge sixes into Henley Cottage. But the drizzle turned to steady rain and with the noisy home supporters roaring their side on, Claverham were nearly home. With the score on 168-4, Claverham were only four runs behind. As over 27 was completed, the umpires consulted and hauled the teams off much to the relief of the visiting skipper, who simply could not contain Richardson by this point.

The skipper finished 82 not out from 62 balls, but stared out from the terrace at the bleak July evening and on the heavy rain which ultimately had defeated his team. It was nonetheless a fine captain’s innings and one which probably deserved to be a match-winning effort.

Bath 3rd XI 256-9

Clav 2nd XI 63-7

A young Claverham side lost heavily to a powerful Bath side on Saturday. Despite a fine 5-48 from Steve Raymond and 2-40 from young spinner Max Horton, Bath rattled up a daunting 256 in their 45 overs.

Only skipper Richard Horton (32 not out) managed to deal with the lively Bath bowling after tea and despite the rain eventually intervening, the match result could stand as 20 overs had passed.

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