Weston 1st XI returned to winning ways away to Shapwick and Polden on Saturday.
In overcast conditions, Weston won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pete Trego struck in his first and third overs, with Charl Willoughby taking a wicket in his second over to leave S & P 27-3 in the sixth over. Willoughby (8-3-22-3) then took two wickets in two balls in the 11th over before Ash Allen (10-2-31-2) removed the dangerous opener Steve Tinnion (40) in his first over. S & P found themselves 71-8 inside 16 overs after further wickets for Trego and Allen. A partnership of 46 for the 9th wicket brought Shapwick some hope, but the reintroduction of Trego (8.4-1-42-5) brought the innings to an end in the 31st over with the score on 117.
Openers John Davidson and Jack Press got off to a steady start before both fell to leave the score on 39-2. Ben Gully and Trego put on a partnership of 63 for the 3rd wicket, with Trego hitting out to bring up his 50 from just 28 balls including 5 huge sixes. He fell before the end, but Gully and Chris Davidson saw Weston home to win by 7 wickets.
22 points from the game sees Weston go top, having played one more game than nearest rivals Lansdown.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Pete Trego for a quality all round showing.
Sadly Weston 4ths returned to losing ways with a six wicket defeat away to Purnell 2nds.
Being asked to bat first on a surprisingly green wicket Weston were often the masters of their own downfall and capitulated to 89 all out with no batsman scoring 20.
Purnell had a slight wobble chasing and lost four wickets – two each to Jamie Dance and Sid Rai but were comfortable winners with many overs to spare.
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Electing to field, an outstanding fielding display by the young Academy side restricted 3rd placed Cranmore to a below par 199. After Ollie Thompson’s leg spin had accounted for 3 batsman (the last a smart stumping by the excellent Hannah Capes), Ryan Hearse made inroads into the middle order, with 13 year old Academy debutant Harry Thompson taking a good catch in the deep for Hearse’s second wicket.
The Academy reply was led by Luke Richards (64) and Ollie Thompson, the latter all but carrying his bat with a watchful 68 that combined strong defence with some powerful shots either side of the wicket. At the other end, Luke employed the now familiar “Richards Rock” on a number of occasions to smash anything short of a length back past the bowler for numerous boundaries. Skipper Aaron Stone saw the side home with ease, making a quick 36 from just 26 balls.
This second consecutive win moves the Academy side to a comfortable mid table position and they will look to test themselves further against unbeaten Wembdon with a rare Sunday fixture at Devonshire Road on 24 June.
MotM: Ollie Thompson