Weston First XI cruised to a seven wicket victory at home against Taunton on Saturday.
Taunton lost the toss and elected to bat. The conditions were tough, but a steady opening partnership of 57 between S Manley (22) and C Clist (34) seemed to have set Taunton off to a good start, but both fell within three overs to Shabel Ahmed and Ash Allen respectively, with Jack Press claiming both catches. Taunton put on 38 for the third wicket before Ahmed struck twice more, removing Quick and Abell inside 4 overs. Paul van Meekeren claimed a great run out to remove A Sparks for 37, but captain H Kelly and J Clark batted well for a partnership of 57 for the sixth wicket. Tom Chambers took a stunning catch off the bowling of Pete Trego to remove Clark for 34 in the last over as Taunton finished on 190-6. This score looked competitive on a wicket that was evidently not easy to play.
Weston got off to a positive start with Andrew Fear and Jack Press putting on 63 inside 16 overs before Press fell for 44. Ben Gully batted slowly and sensibly with Fear in a partnership of 77 in 22 overs before being removed by Kelly for 38. Fear and Trego then accelerated the scoring rate, and Fear looked set to carry his bat. Sadly he was out in the 42nd over for 63 with only six needed for victory. Trego took Weston to victory with a 4 and a 6 off the first two balls of the 44th over, finishing 37 not out off 23 balls. This included four 4s and two 6s.
Although there were some errors in the field, Weston bowled and batted well and will take a lot of confidence from this victory. They have a week off next week due to Glastonbury’s withdrawal from the league. Their next game is at home to Ilminster on Saturday 7th July.
The Forte Financial Man of the Match is Andrew Fear for his innings which held the match together.
Weston 2nd’s had a tough day away to their Taunton counterparts on Saturday. Losing the toss meant they have to field on a hot day and a flat batting pitch, with Taunton making hay. A 100 and 87 from the openers lead them to 302-3 from their 45 overs.
A tired Weston team then quickly subsided on a blameless pitch, with a lack of patience leading all the top order to get starts but not carry on to register anything meaningful. They were eventually bundled out for just 102.
No one stood out in a poor overall performance, but all the bowlers at least worked hard in difficult conditions.
Weston 3rd XI suffered another loss on Saturday. With great weather and the air show in full flow, Josh Knight won the toss and elected to bat. However with Knight (8) and Jon Mayo (4) falling early in the game, the youth players again stepped up for the rebuild. Jakob Massey (41) scored runs again and shared a hundred partnership with Davis Trego. Davis batted brilliantly, showing skills far beyond his years registering his debut 3s half century, eventually stumped on 71. The rest of the order struggled but some late runs from Jamie Dance (21*) helped Weston to a respectable 187-9.
Yeovil began the reply in aggressive fashion with Dominic Rowe hitting a quick fire 19 until he was caught by Jodie Filer off the bowling of Jamie Dance (6-0-23-1). Ian Smith had another good day with the ball, constantly causing the batsmen problems but finished with 8-3-35-0, deserving at least a couple of wickets. The rest of the bowling consistently went for boundaries as Yeovil cruised to the target in the 32nd over, Redwood finishing 82 not out.
Weston again struggled with their bowling and will look to get back to winning ways next week away to Cranmore.
Forte Financial’s Man of the Match goes to Davis Trego for his maiden 3s half century.
Weston 5th’s enjoyed a rare Sunday fixture in the sun, beating Wembdon 4ths in a high scoring game on the Main Ground.
Stand in skipper Luke Richards won the toss and batted first, with Richards himself leading the way, batting through the innings to register an excellent 140 not out. He received support from Jon Mayo (42) and U15 John Fleming (52) as Weston reached 270-5 from 40 overs.
Any hopes of a quick finish was ended by some aggressive batting from the visitors opening pair. B Stone (62) was first out, but son D Stone (120) carried on to score an superb hundred. His wicket sparked a collpase though, as spin from Terry Horler (5-34), Jon Mayo (2-20) and U13 Jack Trego turned the screw. Excellent fielding from the whole team, notably from Mayo and U13 Ryan Hearse, helped them to a 30 run win.
A great game with runs for both teams. Man of the match goes to Luke Richards.