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Bad day at the office with five Saturday losses – match reports 14/7/18

1st XI


Weston 1st XI suffered another loss on Saturday, going down by 72 runs away to Keynsham. They got off to an ideal start with Pete Trego (2-42) picking up a wicket first ball. They had Keynsham at 82-4 after good bowling from Ash Allen (1-36) and Tom Court (1-30) but an excellent partnership worth 112 between Jarman (80) and Keates (51) turned the innings, and they finished on a decent 229 for 5.
The batting once again let the team down, with only Shabel Ahmed (44) going on from the top order. Young Davis Trego (26) applied himself well on debut, playing some nice shots off the spinners, but Weston eventually fell well short, finishing on 157 all out.
2nd XI
Weston 2nd’s fell to another defeat on Saturday, this time at home to Cheddar 1st’s. The visitors won the toss and bowled first, and took regular wickets throughout, as a batting line up lacking in experience and confidence again struggled mightily. Sam Goodhew (31) dragged them past 100, and young Fred Bemand (20) battled away, but the group of slow bowlers from Cheddar kept things very tight. Weston eventually finished 145 all out.
Cheddar made fairly straightforward work of run chase in reply. Spinners Goodhew, George Bemand and Jodie Filer all bowled good spells, with Filer again the standout with two wickets. The Cheddar openers both passed 40 to set up the victory, eventually reaching it 3 down.
The defeat sees the 2nd’s drop into relegation trouble, and must look to improve with big games coming up. Forte MOM goes to Sam Goodhew.
3rd XI
Weston 3s continue to struggle in division 5 as they lost to high flying Castle Cary 1s.
After no game last week due to the football, Weston returned to Devonshire road hoping to get a much needed win. Captain Josh Knight won the toss and elected to bat on a very green wicket. Weston lost 2 early wickets with Russ Green (4) and Max Brown (1) falling early. With returning Dan Press and skipper Knight the rebuild began. Press fell for 41 as he added 98 runs with Knight for the 3rd wicket. Shortly after this Knight passed fifty for the first time in the league this season. Weston kept the scoreboard ticking and with some help from Aniraj Sapra (5) and Jakob Massey (27) the 3s reached 198-5 off their 45 overs. Captain Knight finished on 97* just 3 runs why of a maiden century.
The bowling display however was not as convincing as the batting display. Cary got off to a flyer reaching 127 after 15 overs with both openers passing 50. Rhys Crocker got 3 wickets which may well prove to be crucial points come the end of the season, his spin working wonders. Captain Knight and Jakob Massey also got a wicket a piece. Cary eventually chased the score 5 wickets down in the 29th over.
A disappointing result again for the 3s who travel to Street next Saturday. Forte Financials Man of the Match was Weston skipper Josh Knight for his 97 not out, a catch and figures of 3-0-11-1.
4th XI

Weston 4ths continued their losing streak with defeat away to Lympsham and Belvedere 2nds.

Inserting the opposition on a mottled and cracked wicket with the outfield resembling a baked desert in parts Weston had the opposition in some trouble 84 for 6 but sensible late order batting took the total to a very respectable 194. The pick of the bowlers was Matt Munday with an excellent 4 for 21, there were three wickets for Jamie Dance and one each for Georgina Goodwin and Jake Richards.

In reply Weston didn’t have the depth and with only Dave Howes and Jamie Dance passing 20 they succumbed to 103 all out.

In both innings several balls flew from a length while others barely got off the ground and the fact that no batsman on either side got more than 35 was testament to the difficult conditions. It’s not easy being a groundsman in the current weather although neither the weather nor wicket came be blamed for Westons total of 28 wides. There is no excuse!


5th XI


Weston 5ths again have a good account of themselves, going down by just 3 wickets against Wells 2nd’s at Allerton CC. Batting first, the runs came from the experienced members of the team, as Dave Austen (23), Jason Hearse (30) and Charlie Thompson (68*) all batted well. A score of 185-7 looked a good one.
It certainly looked that way when Wells fell to 70-5 in reply, but the young bowling attack couldn’t get rid of Hunt (102*), who received support from L Boot (37) to win the game in the end. Bobbi-Lee Kingston (4-27) was the standout bowler.
A great effort from a very young team, with the 6 man bowling attack consisting of U13’s and younger showing what great potential the club has for the future. Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Bobbi.