3rd’s go top with the only win on Saturday – Match Reports 6/7/19

1ST XI

Weston First XI suffered a crushing defeat away at North Perrott on Saturday.
Captain Chris Davidson lost the toss and Weston were asked to bowl first. Pardoe and Whorlow put on 48 for the first wicket in 12 overs before Shabel Ahmed (10-4-12-2) struck. He took the second wicket 14 overs later with a great caught and bowled, before his brother Tahmid took the third wicket three overs after that to leave North Perrott 83-3. A partnership of 57 ensued before Whorlow was finally caught by Leeks off the bowling of George Cox for 65. Weston struggled to take wickets, despite Leeks taking another catch off Davidson and then bowling two batters in the 46th over to leave North Perrott 205-7. The numbers 8 and 9 accelerated the run rate to take Perrott to 250-7 off their 50 overs, with Cox pulling up with a calf injury in the final over.
After a promising looking opening partnership of 35 between Press and Turner, Weston crumbled courtesy of some poor shots, poor running and some good fielding. Shabel Ahmed top scored with 35 as Weston were all out for 104 on the first ball of the 33rd over.
A second disappointing result in as many weeks saw Weston pick up only 3 points. There was an in depth post match analysis in the changing room which will hopefully lead to a change of approach next week at home to Midsomer Norton.
The Forte Financial Man of the Match was Alex Leeks with two catches and two wickets.

2ND XI

Weston 2nd XI suffered just their second loss of the season on Saturday, losing to league leaders Lympsham & Belvedere.
L & B won the toss and opted to bowl first. Weston got off to a slow start, struggling against some accurate bowling. Dom Mayo (18) was the first to go, with wickets continuing to fall regularly. Matt Kearsey made 25, and the returning Josh Knight made a quick 30, but no one but together the big score that was needed. Weston finished on a below par total of 145 all out.
Weston made a good start in reply with the ball, as Tom Court bowled the opener with a beauty that hit off stump. Lauren Filer also picked up a wicket, but Weston couldn’t make any more breakthroughs, as Luff (50*) and Hancock (50*) knocked the runs off. Weston did themselves no favours with several dropped catches, but L & B were worthy winners in the end.
A bad day for the 2’s, but they still remain in the promotion places in Division 3.

3RD XI

Weston 3rds hosted Trull to start the second half of the season. Having won the toss and electing to bat, Weston got off to an awful start as they were reduced to 22 for 3 in just the 9th over. Centurion from last week Jon Fleming then set about repairing the innings with help from Fred Bemand (14) and captain Martyn Chambers (18). 2 quick wickets for Trull allowed Jamie Dance (29) to join Fleming, and they both set about getting Weston to what would be a competitive score. After Fleming fell for a well made 74. Weston finished on a competitive 190 all out; a score that Weston would be very happy with after the poor start.

Westons bowling started brilliantly as second ball of the reply Jamie Dance (7.2-2-18-3) took his first wicket, in a dominant opening spell that would see him find the edge of the bat no less than 3 times. Jake Richards (9-0-26-1) also got a wicket in his first over as a jubelnet Weston team looked in a strong position. The 2 spinners George Bemand (9-0-34-2) and Jodie Filer (9-2-17-2) bowled well in conjunction with Fin Mayo (6-1-24-2) and that left Dance to take the final wicket of the innings and secure a comfortable win and put them top of Division 5. Forte Financial Player of the Match went to Jon Fleming for the second week in a row, thanks to his solid knock, and 4 catches behind the stumps.

4TH XI

Weston 4ths made the trip to Harptree in good spirits looking to continue their recent good form, winning the toss the away side chose to field in humid conditions.
The Weston bowlers found it hard going with the experienced Harptree top order punishing anything short and racing toward an imposing total, Weston regrouped after drinks and introduced the slow bowling of Jack Trego, Terry Horler (1 for 35) and Bayley Frise (1 for 31) which slowed the onslaught. Wickets for Rhys Crocker, Steve Gough and a smart runout by Bayley Frise with the last ball of the innings limited Harptree to 218 for 5, top scorer was Phil Hogarth with an entertaining 53 not out.
After tea Weston started their chase well with the openers stroking the ball around with ease and it was only a stunning one handed catch at point by Tom Arrowsmith saw the back of Jon Mayo for 21.
The middle order of Weston pushed the score along with Jack Trego 23, Rhys Crocker 16 and Holly Mclaughlin 24 all making contributions but it was the entry of Tom Bailey which made the home team nervous, his partnership with Lewis Richards 17 took Weston up over 150.
A good catch in the deep finally dismissed Bailey for a spectacular 47, the required rate was just too much for Weston and they slumped to 177 all out.
A much improved batting display gave hope and meant that the Forte Financial player of the match was Tom Bailey.

5TH XI

Weston 5th XI suffered defeat away to Lydford Sports 2nd team on Saturday.
Batting first, Weston made a good start, as Under 15 Ethan Carson made his highest senior score of 35, playing some excellent shots along the way. Paul Bird (85) was the mainstay of the innings, but aside from those two there weren’t any other major contributors, as Weston finished on 189/9.
In reply, U13 Alice Bird bowled a terrific opening spell, removing 3 of the top order with some accurate fast bowling. Fellow U13 Will Ollerenshaw also took a wicket, but Lydford opener Lee (116*) saw them home by 6 wickets in the 36th over.