New first team coach appointed at Cleeve

PUBLISHED: 09:48 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:48 18 April 2018

Matt Carpenter.

Matt Carpenter.

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Clevedon opening bowler Matt Carpenter has been appointed first team coach at Cleeve.

As Cleeve Cricket Club celebrates its 70th anniversary, the club is delighted to announce the appointment of WEPL Premier League opening bowler for Clevedon, Matt Carpenter, as first team coach.

A Level 2 qualified coach, Matt has plenty of top quality cricketing experience to back up his coaching qualifications with honours to include playing Somerset age group cricket, Dorset minor county as well as second team experience with both the Gloucester and Hampshire county sides in recent years.

Despite struggling with injury last season, Matt still managed 19 wickets for Clevedon who were runners-up to Bath.

Matt said: “I am really excited at the prospect of working with this talented bunch of lads over the summer and hope to assist with their progress back up the leagues.

I am really looking forward to returning to Cleeve where I played some second team matches as a 14-year-old 11 years ago when my dad was first team captain.”

Cleeve finished fourth in the Division 3 of the Bristol & District League last year with a young side that is developing year on year.

First team captain Glenn Lewin said: “Matt is well known to a number of members of the squad, so we were delighted to hear that he was able and willing to help us this year.”

Cleeve has boasted a fantastic ground and playing surface for many years which has been backed up by the committee with support for lots of improvements over recent years.

Weather permitting, Matt’s first session starts on April 25. As ever, Cleeve welcomes new players at all levels and of all abilities, male and female, with youth cricket from age six and two adult sides.

For more details about training nights, contact club cecretary, Stuart Williams on 07771 820054 or www.cleeve.play-cricket.com

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