2nd’s win, and an exciting tie for the 3rd’s – Match Reports 22/6/18

1st XI

Weston’s winning run was brought to an end by a 39 run defeat to Shapwick & Polden.

Asked to bowl first, Pete Trego almost got the side off to a perfect start but Edmunds edge was dropped in the first over. Along with Venkatrao (39), Edmunds (60) helped put on 104 for the first wicket before the returning Trego removed both openers. The Weston bowlers then dragged themselves right back into the game picking up regular wickets. Tamhid Ahmed 3-37, Cox with 3 late wickets and 1 for Shabel Ahmed helped restrict the visitors to 194-9 supported by some excellent fielding.
In reply, Press and Harris got Weston off to a fine start with both finding early boundaries. The introduction of Oskar White (4-26) found the breakthrough as Press (29) top edged with the score on 66. White bowled Harris soon after and had Trego stumped and Kearsey caught in the deep reducing Weston to 97-4.

Ahmed (34) and Davidson rebuilt but after Davidson fell needing 57 from the final 10, a cluster of wickets saw Weston fall well short.

It was a disappointing batting performance with every member of the top 6 making good starts but failing to convert it into a significant innings.

Forte Financial man of the match was Tamhid Ahmed for his excellent spell.
Weston travel to winterbourne next week hoping to reach the half way stage with a victory.

2nd XI

Weston 2nd team returned to the promotion places in Somerset Cricket League Division 3, courtesy of a 6 wicket victory way to Watchet on Saturday.

Weston chose to bowl first, and made a breakthrough almost straight away, with a beauty from Tom Court bowling the opener second ball. Weston failed to capitalise on that good start though, as dropped catches let chances go begging. Sam Goodhew bowled well in the middle overs, taking 3 wickets, and Andy Fear, Matt Knight and Adam Whittock all took a wicket each. Watchet finished on 187/8, a decent score on a slow wicket.

In reply, Weston made an excellent start, as Dominic Mayo (35) and Kruz Belcher (80) combined for an opening stand of 120. J Milton came onto bowl in the 25th over, and looked dangerous, taking the wickets of Mayo, Jason Neave (2) and Belcher in quick succession. Si Turner (23) used his experience to edge the visitors closer to the target, and Under 15 Davis Trego (35*) finished off the job with 2 fours in the penultimate over, to see Weston home by 6 wickets.

The win moves the team up to second in the table, with a game in hand.

Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Kruz Belcher.

3rd XI

Weston travelled to Wellington on Saturday, looking to get back to winning ways after the last two games had been abandoned due to rain. Having won the toss and electing to bat on a spicy wicket, Weston managed to put on slightly below par total after they failed to bat out their overs. Only batsman Fred Bemand (53) And Eoin Austen (44) really got going for the visitors on a slow pitch and outfield.

The bowling got off to a great start though, as Dance (9-3-17-2) took 2 wickets in 2 overs, supported by Georgia Tulip (9-3-18-1). Wellington were 40/3 off of 18 overs. They tried to rebuild and it took Curley (9-3-30-3) to come in and puck up 3 vital wickets to keep Weston in the game. Ian Smith and Lauren Filer also contributed with wickets, and with 2 run outs, the game ended on the last ball in an exciting draw. Forte Financial Player of the Match was shared between Bemand and Curley as they both put in fantastic performances to give Weston a well earned draw.

4th XI

Weston hosted second in the table Huntspill and district on a hot and humid Saturday played in the panorama of the airshow, the home team won the toss and elected to field first on a green bouncy track.
The away side got off to a good start until bowling pair Steve Gough (1 for 28) and Georgina Goodwin (1 for 43) found late swing and removed the openers before they could get going, this brought top scorer Ryan Mogg (59) to the crease who found the boundary with regularity pushing the score up to 198 for 5.
There were a host of dropped chances but the performance of Debutant Ryan Hearse behind the stumps giving away no byes and smart catches by Holly McLaughlin 2, Bayley Frise and Steve Gough restricted free scoring Huntspill to under 200 which was an excellent effort.

After the break Weston began their run chase well with opener Holly McLaughlin and Nick Ollerenshaw (31) showing great grit and skill in the face of accurate variable bowling, despite loosing Mclaughlin to a dubious umpiring decision Ollerenshaw and Lewis Richards scored all around the pitch bringing up Weston’s hundred but the required run rate kept rising.

Richards was forced to retire hurt after making a skilful 35 which brought Ryan Hearse to the crease who followed up his earlier heroics with a patient 14 not out, the power and placement of the excellent Bayley Frise (41) and Goodwin (6 not out) meant the home side kept going until the 40th over to reach 166 for 4.

Pick of the Huntspill bowlers was Louis Wright (2 for 27) whose seam position and line control impressed everyone, the Forte Financial player of the day was Bayley Frise with his highest score for Weston.