Cleaver does damage in Souths V Easts match
A TEN-wicket haul has thrown South Services seamer Brendan Cleaver into the mix for 2014/15 CRCA Premier League's leading wicket taker.
Cleaver took five wickets in each innings against GDSC Easts as Souths won outright and kept their slim finals hopes alive.
The talented all-rounder already had two wickets to his name when Easts resumed at 5 for 70 at Ulmarra on Saturday. He then led the charge to finish with 5 for 31 off 15 overs as Souths made quick work of the remaining wickets. Dismissed for 107, Easts were forced to bat again, this time reaching just 79 as Cleaver took similar figures of 5 for 29 off 15.3.
It catapulted Cleaver into fifth on the wickets leaderboard, with 26 for the season. He is part of a cluster that is closing in on Westlawn's Nathan Blanch (34), who has not played since a serious finger injury prior to Christmas.
However, there is speculation Blanch could make his return and ensure the bowling trophy is his in the final round against Coutts Crossing, having been selected for the Clarence River team to take on Coffs Harbour in the final of the 2014/15 North Coast Inter-District Cricket competition at Ellem Oval this Sunday.
Westlawn must beat Coutts Crossing to qualify for finals. However, South Services could yet spoil the party with an outright win over Brothers.
34 N Blanch
29 D Harris
27 H McMahon
27 B Shaw
26 B Cleaver