There was a second win in a row for the 1st XI on Saturday, with wins for the 2nd and 4th teams as well
Weston First XI continued their winning ways in emphatic style at home against Ilminster at the weekend.
Weston won the toss and elected to bowl on a pitch that had seen some extreme weather in the previous 24 hours. The innings got off to a great start with Pete Trego removing both openers cheaply in the first 3 overs. Ilminster rallied slightly, mostly due to the wind carrying the ball wide on several occasions, before an inspired bowling change saw captain C Davidson break the third wicket partnership of 29. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, including two in two balls for Trego, as Ilminster were reduced to 85-8. The tail made an effort, but G Cox (9.5-1-51-3) returned to clean them up, leaving Ilminster all out for 109 in the thirtieth over. Credit must go to 2nd XI keeper K Belcher, called up in place of Plummer, for his three catches, which destroyed the middle order.
After a superb tea, Ilminster took to the field in an attempt to defend their low total. A partnership of 51 between J Press and S Harris (20) saw Weston off to a good start. Harris was bowled in the 16th over, bringing Trego to the crease. Just as it looked as if the pair would steer Weston to victory, part time bowler Hurford bowled Press for 36. Victory followed shortly after, with S Ahmed hitting the winning runs in the 26th over.
Victory by 8 wickets and a bonus point for getting Ilminster out for less than 120, saw Weston take more than maximum points and leap up the Prem 2 table. They will look to continue this form away at top of the table Taunton Deane on Saturday.
The Forte Financial Man of the Match was Pete Trego with figures of 10-2-22-5 and 27 not out.
Opening bowlers Jake Richards and Georgina Goodwin (2 for 24) bowled fast and aggressive with lateral movement giving the Wembdon top order plenty of trouble, the spin of Jack Trego (3 for 18) and Jon Mayo (1 for 36) made sure that wickets came regularly with good catches from Matt Munday, Bayley Frise and Jake Richards 2.
After drinks the away side began to push the singles racking up the score but also giving run outs to Holly McLaughlin and Jake Richards, they reached 181 for 8 which was built around a patient 60 from Tim Hellings.
Weston’s innings was a great example of how to chase a total with U15 pair Jake Richards and Jack Trego seeing off the openers, running hard to turn ones into twos they gradually accelerated keeping the required rate under control.
Jack Trego was finally dismissed for an excellent 38 and Tom Bailey (42no) came to the crease to play the finisher role punishing every loose delivery with brutal boundaries, the pick of the Wembdon bowlers Steve Harvey had impressive figures of 1 for 13 off eight overs.
With only nine ball remaking It was left to Jake Richards to finish off his all round display to win the game with his maiden half century of 64no, a large crowd of Weston’s other teams applauded the young guns of Weston’s 4th team showing the clubs policy of youth responsibility in pressure situations brings its rewards.
A fantastic game for Jack Trego (3 for 18 and 38 runs) was amazing to watch from someone so young but no one could deny that the Forte Financial player of the match was Jake Richards for his all round match winning display.