1st’s and 4th’s win their first games of the season – Match Reports 1/6/19

The 1st and 4th teams both recorded their first wins of the season on Saturday, but the 3rd’s lost for the first time

1st XI

Weston First XI won their first match of the season in a tense bottom of the table clash away at Keynsham on Saturday.

Weston lost the toss and were asked to bowl first. George Cox opened with a blistering spell, taking two wickets in his first four overs. Keynsham dug in with a partnership of 55 for the third wicket between Hampshires James Fuller and overseas Price before Leeks removed both in three balls to reduce them to 80-4 off 17 overs. Leeks struck again in the 19th over while Shabel Ahmed (10-4-13-1) bowled an excellent tight spell from the other end. Davidson and Trego took a wicket each before Cox returned to remove Keynsham number 5, Jarman for a determined 54 to leave them all out for 190. There was some great fielding, especially the low catch at slip by Trego off the bowling of Ahmed, but the stand out performance in the first innings was Leeks with figures of 10-0-49-4.
The Weston innings did not get off to a great start with Harris falling for 1 in the second over. This brought Trego to the crease and he smashed four boundaries off an over before being spectacularly caught down the leg side by Jarman for 17 off just 10 balls. Shabel Ahmed batted well for his 23 and T Ahmed (6) had a partnership of 20 with Press. Press fell for 31 in the 24th over to leave Weston in a precarious position on 99-5. When Davidson fell for 18, Keynsham were back on top However Cox (34 off 36 balls) counter attacked superbly in a 54 run partnership with Plummer before being bowled by Wheller (10-0-55-3). Leeks fell for a duck and it looked like Plummer would run out of partners with only 15 runs needed. Matt Huxtable calmly ticked off the runs before Plummer steered the team to victory with a four off the first ball of the 46th over, finishing 45 not out.
This win was much needed by Weston and will hopefully be a return to winning ways. Forte Financial Man of the Match goes to George Cox, but there was deserved praise from 1st XI coach Sam Trego for Alex Leeks and Will Plummer for their vital contributions. Weston face Ilminster at home on Saturday.

3rd XI

Weston 3rd XI travelled to their Taunton Deane counterparts, and suffered their first defeat of the season.
After losing the toss and bowling first, the Weston bowlers, faced with a hot day and hill to bowl up, struggled to find their rhythm. Jamie Dance (9-2-22-1) made the breakthrough, removing the opener for 4. Adam Whittock (9-0-31-2) again bowled well, removing two set batters with his leg spin. George Bemand (8-0-30-2) carried on the good work, and Ian Smith (9-0-42-3) used his experience, backed up by a good fielding display, to restrict Deane to 192-8.
In reply, Weston’s top order struggled, unable to find the boundaries despite the pitch still being a good one. Only Luke Richards found a way to score, battling to 49. Fred Bemand came in and batted well, scoring 38*, but Weston finished well short, losing by 36 runs.
A first loss for the 3rd XI, but still a good start to the season. Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Luke Richards.

4th XI

The 4ths recorded their first win of the season on Weston’s main ground against an experienced Churchill 2nds team, winning the toss the home team elected to bat on a perfect flat pitch in sunny conditions.

Club legend Dave Howes picked up from where he left off the previous week and imperiously stroked the ball around to all parts making 76, Jon Mayo flayed the seamers through the leg side making a quick-fire 44 in support. Double figures from Jack Trego, Tom Bailey and Terry Horler pushed the home score up to 194 for 7 from 40 overs, after tea the home side took to the field confident of defending the daunting total.

The visiting teams reply was severely stunted by the great opening bowling partnership of Georgia Tulip (0 for 15) and Steve Gough (3 for 19) claiming the prize scalps of Mike Legg  4 and James Plaister 9.
There were wickets for Jack Trego (2 for 13) and Holly McLaughlin (1 for 19) and catches for Dan Press, Jake Richards, Jon Mayo 2, Terry Horler and Jack Trego. The Churchill inning was built around a swashbuckling 55 not out from Harry Fear but they finally ran out of overs with the score reaching 155 for 6 meaning Weston won by 39 runs.

For the second week running the Forte Financial player of the game was Dave Howes

5th XI

Weston 5th XI ran Wells 2nd XI close on Saturday, losing by just 11 runs.

Georgina Goodwin bowled a good opening spell, taking 3 wickets. She was backed up by Ethan Carson and Will Ollerenshaw who took 2 wickets each, and Alice Bird took 1 wicket. Lewis Richards and Bobbi-Lee Kingston were also good with the ball. Ryan Hearse was excellent behind the stumps, taking 2 catches and a stumping. For Wells, Gummer scored 67 as they finished on 213-8.

In reply, the Wells bowlers put pressure on throughout the innings. Nick Ollerenshaw scored a determined 37, and U15 Lewis played some great shots for his 38. Paul Bird (24) chipped in, and Kieran Tasker (60*) almost won the game for Weston with some attacking shots, but they ultimately fell 12 runs short.

A great effort from the young team. Tasker wins the Forte Financial Player of the Match for his 60 not out and 8 tidy overs with the ball.

4th XI in action on the Main Ground