2nd’s get back to winning ways – Match reports 30/6/18

2nd XI

Weston 2nd XI returned to winning ways on Saturday at home to table topping Purnell CC. The home team won the toss and elected to bag, and made hay in the sunshine. Matt Huxtable (48) scored at better than a run a ball, and Simon Turner (43*) kept the momentum going at the back end of the innings. The standout innings belonged to Will Whitell, who scored an excellent 114. Whitell scored boundaries all round the wicket in a quality knock, taking Weston up to an excellent score of 284-4 from 45 overs.
Purnell have been strong with the bat this season, and made a good start, keeping up with the run rate up to the 15th over. The introduction of spin from Sam Goodhew (3-32) and Jodie Filer (4-15) turned the screw though. taking regular wickets to see Weston to a good victory, as the visitors were bowled out for 148.
At the midpoint of the season, the 2nd’s find themselves clear of the relegation zone, a good achievement with a number of younger players making the step up to the team.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Will Whitell.
3rd XI


Weston 3s lost again on Saturday away to Cranmore 1s.

Winning the toss Weston elected to bat first.. Max Brown battled hard on a very difficult wicket for a hard fought 53, with the rest of the line up chipping in. Bayley Frise contributed an attacking 38*.
Weston chipped away with wickets throughout the Cranmore innings but with 2 batsmen in the middle order making half century’s, Weston fell just short losing by 3 wickets. Will Crane bowled brilliantly with 8.3-0-26-4.
Weston will try to get a much needed win next week away to Lydford, as they try to fight their way out of relegation trouble in the 2nd half of the season. Forte Financial Player of the match goes to Max Brown.
4th XI


On a baking hot afternoon with a true wicket and lightening quick outfield Weston 4ths and Winscombe 2nds scored over 550 runs between them on Saturday.

Batting first the visitors, Winscombe, made 297 for 8 with half centuries from two batsmen and the extras column. The bowling was wayward at times and only the senior pair of Dave Howes with four wickets and Jon Mayo with two exercised any degree of control. There was also a wicket each for Jamie Dance and Eoin Austen.

In reply Weston had the visitors worried although they eventually fell short on 271 for four. There was an excellent maiden century for Russ Green and a fine 80 from Luke Richards on his debut for the 4ths but with seven fielders on the boundary at times it was hard to keep the run rate in check.

How Weston rued those 40 wides they conceded.

The Forte Player of the Match was Russ Green.


5th XI


Shorn of its leading run maker the 5th XI Academy side learned a tough lesson in the sunshine away against an experienced Churchill CC team containing only one u16 player. Batting first, only Jack Trego (32) and Ollie Thompson (21) showed the necessary concentration to bat for more than a few overs, facing 46 and 52 balls respectively. The Weston innings closed after just 31 overs on a disappointing 110 on a decent track with a short boundary.

Replying, Churchill made short work of the total getting to the line in just 15 overs (Jack Trego the pick of the bowlers with a wicket).

Jack Trego man of the match, although disappointingly there was little competition for the award this week. The batsman will have to do better next week to avoid a repeat against Peasdown.