Robbie leads from the front for Claverham

PUBLISHED: 14:50 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:50 22 July 2015

Robbie Hoffeldt.

Robbie Hoffeldt.

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Robbie Hoffeldt helped Claverham to another victory with an unbeaten century against Bristol West Indies.

Robbie Hoffeldt again led from the front with another magnificent not out century at Bristol West Indies.

The league leaders opted to bat first, but it soon became clear the wicket was far from straightforward. Fellow opener Mat Davis wasn’t at his best as he holed out for 18, but Lloyd Richardson with 36 and big-hitting Ryan Thorpe with 47, kept the skipper company as he marched towards his third century of the season.

Hoffeldt was still there at the end 113 not out as Claverham posted 251-4 in their 50 overs.

After the break, Hoffedlt led his charges out and opening bowlers Dominic Hooper (1-22) and Kody Mortimer (2-24) soon made inroads. Claverhams out-fielding and catching was again exemplary and would no doubt have pleased coach Sanderson watching from the side.

The introduction of James Bird and James Downes ended any chance the Windies may have had of chasing down the competitive total. Bird finished with 2-19, but it was Downes who took the honours with a an outstanding example of off-spin bowling to finish with superb figures of 5-9 from 7.3 overs as the Windies were blown away for 77.

Next up is a tough local derby as a Portishead visit Henley Lane on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the seconds bounced back and recorded an excellent win at home against BWI, chasing down 228 to win by five wickets.

Barry Gayle with 53 top scored for BWI as spinners Simon Holmes (2-34) and Russ Cox (2-31) stifled the middle order, but it was slow swing bowler Mat Stephenson with 3-30 who was the pick of the bowlers as BWI reached 228.

Claverham began steadily with experienced opener Steve Caffrey grinding away at one end to see off the new ball. Jon Watts (29) briefly flourished and Mat Croker with 35 increased the run rate, but it was left to Caffrey (83 not out) and James Copeland to see Claverham home inside 42 overs for another impressive victory, losing only five wickets in the process.


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