2nd and 3rd teams win on second Saturday of league action

1st XI

Weston First XI lost a close match on the last ball away at Midsomer Norton on Saturday.
Midsomer Norton won the toss and elected to bowl first. Openers R Turner and J Press (16) put on 35 for the first wicket before Press fell to Filer (10-2-28-1). A partnership of 48 followed with S Ahmed (14) before Dan Chard (10-1-30-3) took two wickets in two balls in the 21st over, including that of Turner for 44. No significant partnerships ensued, despite 28 from C Davidson and 20 off 28 balls from W Plummer. Weston finished 181-8 off their 50 overs.

The Midsomer Norton innings got off to a wonderful start for Weston as openers Cox and Court reduced them to 6-3 off 4 overs. Three of the top four batters were out for ducks, with Cox (10-2-20-3) taking the 4th wicket with the score on 18. J Rowe (62) and M Cox rebuilt with a partnership of 35 before a 6th wicket partnership of 74 between Rowe and keeper Carroll (39) gave Midsomer Norton the edge. Despite wickets from C Davidson (10-0-48-2) and T Court (10-1-37-2), Midsomer Norton needed 6 from the last over with two wickets in hand. A Leeks and S Harris fielded well with two catches each. However, Hampshire was in the zone and, despite a run out when Tom Court bowled a dot off the final ball to see Weston celebrating victory, after some confusion the ball was adjudged wide and Weston lost as the extra ball was smashed by Hampshire for six.

An excellent game of cricket in the best of spirits but an unfortunate defeat for a Weston who gave everything on the pitch. The Forte Financial Man of the Match was George Cox

2nd XI

Weston 2nd team recored their first win of the season, beating North Perrott at home by 91 runs.

Weston won the toss and batted first, but struggled in the first half of the innings. Top order batsman Dominic Mayo (1), Andy Fear (12), Davis Trego (10) and Matt Kearsey (1) all fell for low scores, and Weston only brought up their 50 in the 21st over, 4 wickets down. However, Jason Neave and Si Turner used all their years of experience to drag the team back, putting on 104 for the 5th wicket. Turner was out for 47, but Neave kept going, getting close to a century before being bowled in the final over for an excellent 96. Kruz Belcher kept things moving with a quickfire 16, and Weston finished on a good score of 203-7 from 45 overs.

Weston bowling innings couldn’t have started any better, as Lauren Filer produced a in-swinging yorker that crashed into the stumps with the first ball of Perrotts reply. It was something of a procession after that, as Filer produced some more excellent deliveries, helped by good catching from keeper Belcher and Turner at slip. Andy Fear (2-17) weighed in with 2 wickets of his own with the new ball, with the visitors decimated at 51-8. To their credit, they dragged themselves past 100 with some determined batting, but the Weston spinners wrapped up the innings on 112.

Jason Neave’s excellent innings won the Forte Financial Player of the Match award, but Filer’s outstanding spell of 7 overs, 5 for 31 deserves huge praise as well.

The win sees the 2nd’s top the table after two games played, a good start to the season.

3rd XI

Weston 3rd Team continued their good start to the season with a 34 point victory over visitors Leigh-on-Mendip. Having won the toss and electing to bat, Weston got off to a solid, but slow start thanks to some good bowling. Weston passed 50 unscathed with openers Richards (36) and Pack (11). Pack was the first man to fall, unselfishly trying to up the run rate, and lifting a simple catch to mid on. Richards was the next man to fall, having worked his way nicely to 36, he gave his wicket away with an agricultural shot to be caught in the deep at long on. New batsman F.Bemand (49*) and Mayo (35) set about repairing the damage and put on 44 for the loss of the 3rd wicket. That brought man of the match from last week Fleming (12) to the crease, who played a lovely cameo as Weston pushed their score up to 140 with 10 overs left. Austen (14) came and occupied the crease with some lovely shots, before he fell to leave Weston with forlorn hopes of reaching that much heralded 200 run mark. Curley came in and used his experience to turn 1s into 2s, and finished 12 not out off just 6 deliveries to push Weston up to 195-5.

Westons bowling got off to a fantastic start with both openers Dance (8-3-17-3) and Tulip (9-3-23-1) taking wickets early in the innings leaving LOM 4/2 in just the 3rd over. That brought Brownlow (32) and skipper B.Cox (21) to the crease, and they settled in to rebuild the innings, and with both scoring the odd boundary, they got their side back in the hunt for what seemed like an unlikely victory. Stand in captain Dance then called on the spin twins of G.Bemand (9-2-22-1) and Whittock (9-1-33-2) to try and make the breakthrough in what was becoming a troubling partnership for the home side. Whittock was the man to make the breakthrough pinning Brownlow infront and getting Weston the all important wicket. The 2 spinners continued to bowl well with Whittock picking up the wicket of B.Cox in his next over, and giving Weston back the control in the game. I.Gould came and went without troubling the scorers, and left B.Gould (9) and L.Cox (12) to rebuild again for the away side. Curley was then called on to bowl, and with him, the wickets of B.Gould and L.Cox fell, leaving what little hope LOM had of winning on the shoulders of the experienced D.Cox (16) and D.Willis (17*) with both batsman settling in, they couldn’t find the fence and pressure built leaving Dance to come back on and pick up danger man D.Cox, with Curley and Dance sharing the remaining 2 wickets to give Weston a seemingly comfortable win.
Forte Financial Man of the Match was given to Fred Bemand for a solid innings of 49 not out, with an honourable mention to Adam Whittock for removing the 2 set and dangerous batsman of the opposition.

4th XI

Saturday saw Weston 4th travel over the mendips to face Purnell 2nds in traditionally friendly exchange, having lost the Toss the away side were asked to bowl on a flat track in perfect conditions for batting.

Veteran Ian Smith (1 for 24) and u15 Lewis Richards keeping things tight and limited the boundary options for the home batsmen, this enabled swing pair Matt Munday (1 for 12) and Jake Richards (2 for 18) to use the pressure and take wickets regularly.

The middle overs were a perfect display of pressure fielding from the whole team backed up by typical athleticism behind the stumps by Tom Bailey, with additional wickets for Georgina Goodwin (2 for 16), Bayley Frise (2 for 7) and Holly McLaughlin (2 for 7).

Purnells were eventually out in the 39th over for 130 and Weston headed into the second half of the game aware that they were missing three of their regular batsmen but the bowlers had given them a good chance of victory.

The top order tried to get off to a good start but the opposition Max Francis (2 for 6) and Rio Bryant (3 for 18) broke the back of Weston’s innings, with only Lewis Richards (10) reaching double figures the away side were reliant on 27 extras to add respectability to the score.

Despite spirited resistance from Bayley Frise (9), Holly McLaughlin (7) and Georgina Goodwin (7) the Weston innings stuttered to 74 all out from 30 overs.

Even with this heavy defeat Weston never gave up and showed great faith in the seven youth players who played an integral part in the game, the Forte Financial player of the match was Lewis Richards for his all round performance.

5th XI

Weston’s young side put up a brave battle but came up short against a strong, experienced Mark side.

Winning the toss; Weston’s veteran captain, Mike Lee asked the opposition to bat. It looked like it had paid off when Alice Bird (8-0-56-2) had the experienced Mike Norris bowled with the score on just 2. This however brought T Moxey to the crease and with L Cook they batted sensibly and despatched the loose ball as they took the score to 127 before Cook was bowled by Ethan Carson (8-0-52-1). Any hopes that Weston had of a collapse were soon put to bed as S Tinklin and Moxey attacked and the ball went flying to all parts of the ground. Jack Trego bowled well for Weston (8-0-30-1) and finally made the breakthrough, bowling Moxey for 70. Alice Bird then sent Tinklin’s stumps flying, but by this time Mark had taken the score to 256. Mark finally finished their innings on 262.

To their credit the young Weston side kept going in the field, although looking a little dejected when walking for their tea.

In response Weston lost Alice Bird for 0, after a good catch was taken at mid-wicket. Captain Lee and Jack Trego then batted sensibly, taking the score to 58 before Trego was out LBW for 10. Wickets continued to fall, whilst the tiring Lee kept swinging his bat. Fawcett (3), Hearse (8), Will Ollerenshaw (9) all batted well but found the accurate bowling and slow pitch difficult to score on. Lee reached his 100 whilst his daughter Olivia Lee (3*) in her first game of senior cricket was at the crease – but was far happier when Olivia scored her first run. Lee was eventually bowled in the last over for 116, and Carson played out the last few balls to end 4*. Weston will look to improve on their bowling and fielding in the next game.

Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Mike Lee.