Weston suffered their second defeat of the season, at home to Bishopston at the weekend.
Bishopston won the toss and elected to bat, which looked like the wrong decision with Pete Trego passing the outside edge regularly and with Tom Chambers striking in the fourth over to remove Penn for 2. Weston kept taking wickets at regular intervals to leave Bishopston 76-5 at the drinks break, despite a solid 42 from 16 year old opener D Ahmed. However, a sixth wicket stand of 160 from J Tapper (82) and J Hunter (76) put Bishopston in control and despite three wickets falling to Chris Davidson (10-0-58-4) in the 47th over, they finished with a commanding 264-8 from their 50 overs. Weston will have to reflect on a number of missed chances with 5 or 6 catches going to ground.
Andrew Fear got off to a positive start, but fell early for 16. Pete Trego fell for 2 and Ben Gully for 5 to leave Weston looking in trouble on 51-3 in the fifteenth over. Jack Press (62) and Chris Davidson (20) steadied the ship slightly with a partnership of 65, before both fell within three overs. Captain Rob Turner played an aggressive innings of 36 off 33, but with a run rate of more than 10 an over required, even his partnership of 38 with Ash Allen could not save Weston, who were all out for 203 in the 46th over.
With a cup match away at Clevedon on Wednesday, Weston need to focus on fielding as a team in the coming week if they hope to return to winning ways away at Shapwick and Polden at the weekend.
Chris Davidson bowled well for his four wickets, but the Forte Financial Man of the Match goes to young Jack Press for his innings of 62 off 77 balls.
With the squad making their first away trip on the party bus spirits were high before the game. Arriving before the home team, Weston were confident of getting a win after the frustrations of the same fixture last season. Skipper Josh Knight won the toss and elected to bat.
Weston didn’t get off to the best start losing Max Brown (11) and Eoin Austen (1) early in the game. The rebuild began with a 50 partnership between Josh Knight (27) and Si Turner (24). However with both falling in the space of a couple of overs, it was the returning Fred Bemand (79*) who batted brilliantly with some great counter attacking cricket at better than a run a ball. He was supported by Jon Mayo (5), Jakob Massey (15) and Matt Knight (28) taking Weston to a very good total of 224-7 off their 45 overs.
Leigh on Mendip’s reply got off to a flyer with Ossain Gould scoring a quick fire 35 off the first 4 overs. However after a good catch by Josh Knight off the bowling of Ian Smith the rate slowed but Barry Gould (22) and Steve Phelps (72) took them up to 120 off 19 overs. However after Gould fell to Frise off a good catch by Eoin Austen, the collapse began. With no batsman after Phelps getting past 8, Jon Mayo took 4-43 off his 9 overs with another brilliant catch from Austen to remove the dangerous Dave Cox. Backed up by Bayley Frise (9-0-48-1) and Austen (5-0-11-2) it was down to the experienced Rhys Crocker (2-0-8-0) and Matt Knight (6.1-0-57-2) to finish off with Leigh all out for 194, Weston winning by 30 runs.
Weston were brilliant in the field taking some great catches, an excellent come back. Austen was outstanding again with 2 wickets and 3 catches and Jon Mayo again changed the game with the ball, although he did bottle his 5fer dropping a caught and bowled his final over. With this, Forte Financials man of the match goes to Fred Bemand for his 79 not out on his return to the 3s. Next week Weston are home to Taunton St Andrews A on the East Ground.
Weston 4ths secured a long overdue first win of the season at home to Huntspill and District.
Batting first the visitors made a challenging 199 built around 89 from opener Roper. Once again the bowling was steady with two wickets for John Fleming and one each for Dance, Goodwin, Davis Trego, McLaughlin and Rai.
The run out of Roper by Martyn Chambers may well have been crucial in keeping the score manageable.
The run chase was led by the youth players with John Fleming making 52, Davis Trego 48 and Tom Bailey 44 and the win came with nearly four overs to spare. The result has given the season some real hope for the team and shown the wider club what they can expect in the future years.
The Forte Player of the Match was John Fleming.