1st’s win away at Taunton Deane – Match report 15/6/19

Weston First XI made it three wins in a row away to Taunton Deane on Saturday, the only fixture in the league to go ahead on a weather affected day.

Weston won the toss and elected to bowl first on a damp pitch. P Trego struck in his second over, shortly after a comedy run out by M Knight off the bowling of G Cox, leaving Deane 6-2 off three overs. Davey and Harrison rebuilt around the first, brief rain break, putting on 51 for the third wicket, before C Davidson struck twice in one over either side of the second rain interruption. Wickets then fell at regular intervals, as Deane crumbled to 119 all out. Keeper W Plummer took four catches, including a stunning low dive off the bowling of Trego (9-1-25-2). There were wickets for almost all of the bowlers, with Cox taking 3-35, Leeks 2-25 and Davidson 2-19, but a couple of chances were missed in the field.

The Weston innings did not get off to the best of starts with Press falling for a duck in the first over and Trego and Ahmed falling in consecutive overs. M Kearsey (30) put on a partnership of 67 with S Harris to put Weston on the verge of victory. Three wickets then fell for 17 runs, including that of Harris the ball after he got his first 50 for the club. Plummer and Cox took Weston over the line courtesy of a huge 6 from Cox, with 12 overs to spare.

Victory by 4 wickets against top of the table  Deane will be a massive confidence boost for the Firsts especially with the bonus points for bowling them out for less than 120. Weston will be looking to continue this form next week at home to Shapwick and Polden.

The Forte Financial Man of the Match was a tough choice this week with Cox taking 3-35 and Plummer taking 4 catches, but it has to go to Scott Harris for his maiden half century.

Chris Davidson produced an excellent spell of bowling