Cleeve suffer a heavy loss at Hampset as unavailabilty hits but seconds show fight

PUBLISHED: 08:30 30 July 2019

Andy Martin impressed for Cleeve seconds

Andy Martin impressed for Cleeve seconds

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Cleeve suffered a heavy defeat at Hampset after their worst batting display of the B&D Division Two season on Saturday.

John Hance impressed for Cleeve secondsJohn Hance impressed for Cleeve seconds

Only four of the previous week's side from their win over leaders Bath thirds were available for the away fixture and Cleeve were skittled for just 51 in 17 overs.

Ben Jones failed to trouble the scorers and captain Glenn Lewin soon followed for 16.

Nikhil Bhajipale (5) and Sam Williams (4) were both caught, before Phil Gostlin (0) and Joe Hance (4) were bowled.

Mark Jones (6) was also caught, before Tom Carpenter (0), Nat Pinkney (0) and Kelston Crew (4) all had their stumps hit to leave Dan Dixon stranded.

Lewin (1-18) and Dixon (1-6) took wickets in reply, but Hampset raced to victory in 11 overs for an early tea.

Defeat drops Cleeve two places to seventh, just 12 points off fourth place in a competitive division with a home match against Hambrook up next.

The seconds also batted first against their Hampset rivals in Division Nine, but lost George Parsons (3) and the returning Tim Birt (0) early.

Mike Smith mixed resolute defence with punishing the bad balls to reach 29, but Doug Minter (3) and Tom Redding (2) fell cheaply.

John Hance came out of retirement, after playing 18 holes of golf in the morning, to join veteran opener Andy Martin, who was eventually caught for 70.

And Hance hit a six and eight fours in a quickfire 60 before being stumped off the last ball of the innings as Cleeve closed on 187-7.

Redding (1-30) struck early in the Hampset reply, as Robbie Wilsher impressed with the new ball on his debut.

Martin (3-21) and Hance (2-35) then combined forces to make inroads, as Alfie Parsons - another senior debutant - also bowled with great control.

Ken Carpenter also came out of retirement to help the cause, conceding 21 from his five overs of slow left-arm bowling.

But a heavy rain shower led to a half-hour delay and, after several unsuccessful appeals for lbw, Cleeve saw their rivals complete a four-wicket win in the 38th over.

Having lost five players to the ones, captain Parsons will hope for better availability throughout the club as his side visit Downend this weekend looking to move off the bottom of the table.

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