Skipper Hoffeldt stars for Claverham

PUBLISHED: 14:57 08 June 2011




Claverham skipper Hoffeldt leads from the front with a century and seven wickets.

After losing the toss, skipper Hoffeldt elected to open the bowling with a spin/seam combination. Both Winterbourne openers got off to strong starts racing to 50 inside eight overs, with Oakes being the aggressor in this partnership.

Hoffeldt then bought himself into the attack and Oakes was soon the first off his seven victims. A good partnership was built between Crane (62) and Nayak (42) who kept up with the early scoring rate.

After dismissing Nayak caught at backward point for a good 42, this enabled Claverham to take a couple of quick wickets with Lloyd Richardson taking a sharp catch at gully to give Hoffeldt his fifth wicket.

After some good strong hitting from Lingard (35), Claverham ripped through the tale to reduce allowed Winterbourne to reach a good total of 241 on a good batting deck. Hoffeldt finished up with 7-43 and was backed up by Waring (3-63).

In reply, Claverham made a poor start to their innings and were reduced to 15-4 after eight overs by Andrews (3-64) and Moore. This bought Evans and Hoffeldt to the crease to steady the ship and start to rebuild the innings.

As the partnership went past 50, Evans (23) mistimed a shot to give a simple caught and bowled chance to Purnell (2-49). Jenkins (22) and Hoffeldt then carried on at a good run rate putting on 64 for the fifth wicket.

Jenkins was then caught at deep mid wicket, which bought Miles to the crease. Miles and Hoffeldt then upped the run rate with Miles scoring 48 of 27 balls including two fours and five sixes. Hoffeldt played some excellent shots all round the park on his way to a match winning 131 not out which included 16 fours and five sixes.

On Saturday, Claverham play host to Chipping Sodbury.

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