Promoted Cleeve impress in Division Two opener as Cole plays lead role at Lansdown

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 May 2019

Cleeve's Andrew Martin and George Parsons

Cleeve's Andrew Martin and George Parsons

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Cleeve claimed a three-wicket win at Lansdown in their opening match of the Bristol & District League Division Two season on Saturday.

Cleeve's James ColeCleeve's James Cole

Captain Glenn Lewin was keen to make a good start following promotion from Division Three and won the toss, before putting the home side into bat.

Lansdown reached 88-0 in 18 overs, before the introduction of spinners Nikhil Bhajipale and James Cole led to a breakthrough.

Bhajipale had Carlin caught by wicketkeeper Tom Carpenter for 65, before Cole trapped Knight lbw for 61 and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

Ben Williams took a catch in the deep off Lewin, while pace bowler Joe Hance claimed three scalps thanks to catches from Carpenter and Cole.

Andrew Barnsley returned for a second spell to claim a brace, as Lewin pouched a catch, as Lansdown closed on 221-8 from their 45 overs.

Veteran opener Phil Gostlin (27) put on 78 for the first Cleeve wicket with Cole, before all-rounder Barnsley swung his bat to make an assured 47 as the score reached 163-2.

Bhajipale was run out for just one and Cole followed, trapped lbw for a fine 81, before Lewin and Hance departed for a dozen runs apiece.

Mitch Want failed to trouble the scorers as the visitors slipped to 212-7, before Williams and Jack Clemence completed the win ahead of next weekend's home meeting with Lodway, who were also promoted in 2018 after failing to beat their rivals.

The seconds came up well short in their Division Nine encounter with Bishop Sutton firsts, whoo chose to bat on an excellent pitch after winning the toss.

Youngsters Louis Ferris and Jack Whiting took a wicket apiece, as captain George Parsons also bowled himself, sister Emily, Tom Redding, Andrew Martin, Kelston Crew and Max Viney.

Sutton posted a formidable 285-4 from their 40 overs, but Cleeve responded well with openers Martin (79 not out) and Parsons (50) making half centuries.

The home side were always behind the run rate, though, and Adam Brown fell for just two, with Henry Whitmarsh remaining unbeaten on 35 as Cleeve closed on 183-2.

This Saturday sees Cleeve travel to Hallen, which is always a competitive yet friendly fixture.

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