Double disappointment as Cleeve teams suffer Bristol & District League defeats

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 June 2019

Nikhil Bhajipale contributed with bat and ball in Cleeve's loss at Hambrook

Nikhil Bhajipale contributed with bat and ball in Cleeve's loss at Hambrook

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Cleeve suffered double disappointment with a pair of defeats in the Bristol & District League at the weekend.

The first team were put into bat by Division Two rivals Hambrook, with young Ben Jones hitting three boundaries in an early blitz before falling for 15.

In-form James Cole (33) rebuilt with captain Glenn Lewin (31), before both fell in quick succession, and wickets then continued to fall at regular intervals.

Andy Barnsley (12), Phil Gostlin (4) and Connor Hance (10) all came and went, before Nikhil Bhajipale offered some stability with a measured 32, but was also out caught.

Mark Jones (9) and Joe Hance (7) tried hard but a late flourish from Archie Ferris (16) left wicketkeeper Tom Carpenter stranded as Cleeve were all out for 189 in the 42nd over.

Barnsley (1-45) and Joe Hance bowled well in reply, with off-spinner Cole (0-36) showing plenty of control in his nine overs.

Bhajipale (2-40) bowled in tandem with Cole, while Connor Hance (3-29) had late success as Hambrook sealed a four-wicket win in the 38th over.

Defeat left captain Lewin to ponder the fact that nine of his batsmen had been out caught, ahead of a home match with Bishopston seconds at King George V Playing Fields on Saturday, which is also day two of the Cleeve Beer, Cider & Gin Festival, where a big crowd is expected.

The seconds took on Downend thirds in Division Nine, with George Parsons deciding to bat first alongside Ben Pinkney.

The pair fell cheaply, though, and it was left to young Will Grubb to lead the way with 67, including 11 fours.

Wickets tumbled at the other end, as Max Viney, Doug Minter, Jack Whiting and Alex Grubb all fell without scoring, with Josh Carpenter and Tom Redding also departing cheaply.

Paul Todd (30) showed late resistance as Cleeve were all out for 132 in the 33rd over, but Todd (1-31) and Grubb (1-31) were the only bowlers to enjoy any success in reply.

Downend cruised to an eight-wicket win inside 20 overs and Cleeve captain Parsons will hope the return of some senior players will boost his side for the journey to Dyrham & Hinton CC this weekend, where a win is overdue to get the season back on track.

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