2nd’s and 3rd’s continue unbeaten starts to the season – Match Reports 18/5/19

1st XI

Weston First XI lost again away to Taunton on Saturday.
Having lost the toss, Weston were put into the field and got off to a fantastic start with Pete Trego removing the Taunton opener in the third over. George Cox struck in his first over and Trego again in the next to reduce Taunton to 8-3 off 5 overs. Quick and Kelly (53) then proceeded to put on a stand of 142 for the fourth wicket and Quick was then involved in a partnership of 72 with W Abell (47 off 33 balls) for the next wicket. Taunton finished on 249-6 off their 50 overs, with Trego the pick of the bowlers with figures of 10-2-30-3.
The Weston innings got off to a positive start with Turner and Press putting on 30 for the first wicket. Press was superbly caught by Kelly for 16, bringing Trego to the wicket. He hit a quick fire 36 off 35 balls in a partnership of 54 before being caught behind off the bowling of Hayes (7-1-19-3). S Ahmed was out next ball to leave Weston 84-3 off 17 overs, in line with the required run rate. The introduction of Clark (10-1-30-3) slowed the run rate and wickets continued to fall. Turner fell for 29 and Harris scored his first runs for Weston, but was out for 21. Only a last wicket partnership of 25 between T Ahmed (15) and Chambers (10 off 13 balls) made the Weston score vaguely respectable as they were all out for 170, a 79 run defeat.
Weston will hope for better at home to Bishopston on the weekend, as they also celebrate their annual beer and cider festival with evening music from The Leylines and Harrisen Larner-Main.
The Forte Financial Man of the Match was Peter Trego.

2nd XI

Weston 2nd XI continued their unbeaten start to the season with a win over Wembdon CC at home on Saturday.
Batting first, Weston started well, with contributions from all the top order, including Dominic Mayo (64), Andy Fear (38) and Jason Neave (37). They were on course with a score in excess of 250, but late wickets for the opposition stemmed the flow of runs, with Weston being bowled out in the penultimate over for 211.
In reply, Weston put pressure on from the first ball, with the Wembdon scoring rate very slow. Sam Goodhew benefited from the pressure created, helping himself to 4 wickets in an excellent 9 over spell. All the Weston bowlers kept the pressure up, with Matt Knight taking 2 wickets and Matt Kearsey 1.
The visitors eventually finished 25 runs short, on 186-8.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Dom Mayo.

3rd XI

Weston 3s continued their good start to the season with another win against Wedmore for the 3rd round of the 2019 season to keep them top of the league. Winning the toss and electing to bowl on what looked like a difficult track, they got off to a tight start with the opening bowlers Dance (9-3-12-0) and Mayo (6-2-13-1) keeping things tight at the start going for just 3 runs off of the first 4 overs. The first wicket if the innings fell to Mayo in just the 6thover bowling Halford for 5. Wedmore struggled to find the middle of the bat, and with an extremely slow outfield struggled to find the fence. After the opening pair finished their respective spells, Whittock (9-4-17-3) and Smith (9-1-18-2) Bowled extremely well in the middle overs, taking wickets on a regular basis and keeping things tight. Whittock removed Evans (7) and Patch (9) in consecutive deliveries. With Smith removing Whittaker for a duck. Wedmore struggled to 52 for 6 off 24 overs. Once Whittock was finished Curley came on and bowled extremely good lines and kept things tight and finishing with figures of 3.4-0-8-4. Tonkin was the only man to put up any resistance finishing with 20 before being caught going for the big shot. Wedmore finished 76 all out.

Westons batting got off to an awful start and were reduced to 10 for 2 in the 7th over when Richards (0) and Pack (7) both got out on a wicket that seemed to be turning from bad to worse. That brought Bemand (4) and Austen (7) looked to be positive but struggled to find the boundary with only Austen getting the ball through the long grass of the outfield for the first 4 of the innings. There was nothing else really of note for Weston as Wedmore bowled extremely well and offered nothing for Weston and reduced them to 31 for 5 in the 15th over. That brought Curley (14*) and Whittock (8) together who put on the match winning partnership, by batting extremely well and taking the odd single to keep the scoreboard ticking and getting Weston closer to the winning line. The partnership of 34 was broken after Whittock was bowled with just 12 runs needed. Captain Chambers came to the crease and scored the winning runs with a 4 and a couple of 2s to finish 8 not out and bring Weston home for a 3-wicket win, and picking up 31 points in the process. Forte Financial Man of The Match was Sam Curley for his 4 wickets and 14 runs to steer his side to victory.