Collapse at Clifton costs Kimberley

Kimberley’s final away day found them travelling to last season’s champions Clifton Village where they suffered another batting collapse and lost by 79 runs.

The home side won the toss and opted to bat first but found themselves in dire straits at 9-3 after just six overs.

Dominic Brown (2-34) removed openers Taylor and McNeill; McNeill holing out to Akhil Patel and Taylor caught superbly by Richard Adams on the third man boundary.

Dominic Wheatley (1-50) trapped Harris lbw, but a 140-run stand between Dominic Harvey (84) and Tom Lungley (48) saw them recover to 103-3 at drinks.

Wheatley, who deserved more than one wicket, and Adams (3-46) kept things tight and Kimberley were eventually rewarded when the latter had Lungley caught behind with the score at 149 in the 35th over.

From 149-4 Clifton slipped to 175-7 in the 43rd; Adams had Sam Jones stumped after he went walkabout and Ogrizovic repeated the action several overs later to remove Harvey after Patel (3-36) had enticed him out of his crease. In the next over Murden (16) was out lbw and Adams had his third victim.

Skipper Alastair Walters (32) hauled Clifton over 200 before Chris Glover (1-26) and Patel claimed the last three wickets and the home side were all out for 216.

Kimberley’s reply started well with Dan Birch (17) and Patel (25) before Birch was caught and bowled by Lungley (3-38) with the score at 32.

From there Kimberley slipped to 54-5 with Lungley claiming two more and Dominic Robinson (2-37) chipping in.

Paul Riley (27) added 32 with his captain to take the score to 86 before both were out inside three overs to the spin of Turner (4-29).

Wheatley (10) and debutant Ashley Britton (16) took the score to 109 before Harvey (1-22) removed the former and with Adams bowled the scoreboard read 110-9 in the 27th over.

A spirited last wicket stand of 27 between Britton and Glover (17*) enlivened proceedings, but the fun ended in the 33rd over though when Britton was caught off Turner and Kimberley were left to rue another batting failure on the road.