Weston's league season ended in style on Saturday, with 4 wins, promotion for the 2nd XI and the 1st XI beating the drop
1st XI beat Winterbourne by 10 runs
Weston secured their West of England Premier 2 status with another nail biting game against 3rd placed Winterbourne. Batting first Weston lost Harris (10) and Ahmed (13) before Turner and Trego rebuilt. Turner fell to an excellent stumping for 25 before Trego (11) was bowled by Vickery.16 year old Jack Press held the innings together as wickets fell around him with only Plummer (23) providing sustained support. Press eventually fell for an excellent 40 before Westons two young bowlers Leeks (11*) and Chambers added a valuable late partnership to see Weston reach 158-9 from a reduced 45 overs.
With relegation rivals Taunton in contention for victory Weston knew only a win would guarantee survival.
Paul Van Meekeran removed the dangerous Slade beating him for pace as Leeks took the catch. Ahmed removed Kislingbury shortly afterwards before Ford (22) and Bracey (56) steadied the ship. Disciplined bowling and fielding ensured the run rate climbed and the introduction of Kearsey turned the game as he removed both batsman on his way to 3-35. Van Meekeran (8-3-9-2) and Trego returned picking up a wicket each leaving youngsters Chambers and Leeks to bowl key overs with less than 30 to defend. Both bowled exceptionally under immense pressure as Chambers removed Vickery LBW. With Winterbourne needing 12 off the final 2 overs, Trego (3-18) returned picking up the final 2 wickets to the delight of the large crowd. It was a committed fielding display and disciplined bowling throughout showing just how far this team has progressed this season.
With key contributions from youth players Press, Leeks and Chambers and with Tamhid Ahmed away with an ECB high performance programme, the unwavering belief in backing a talented group of young players paid dividends. Those players particularly can be proud of their contributions in recent weeks as 4 wins from 5 games saved what earlier seemed like an almost inevitable relegation.
Forte Financial man of the match was Jack Press for his outstanding 40 runs, which was worth far more under the circumstances.
All of the players would like to thank coach Sam Trego for his effort and support all season.
2nd XI beat Uphill Castle by 270 runs
Weston 2nd XI can confirm promotion next weekend after victory on Saturday at home against Watchet.
Batting first, Weston started poorly when Dom Mayo was run out in just the second over. Andy Fear (38) and Jason Neave (46) steadied the ship, but Watchet continued to keep the scoring rate in check with some wickets and accurate bowling. Josh Knight (26) moved the score along, and big late hitting from Matt Knight (31*) and Sam Goodhew (21*) dragged the score up to 202.
Watchet never got close in reply, as excellent bowling from Lauren Filer (3/29), Matt Knight (1/22), Davis Trego (3/17), Jamie Dance (2/15) and Goodhew (1/18) meant they were bowled out for just 102. There was some excellent slip catching from Fear and Si Turner which helped back the bowlers up.
The 2s are in prime position to gain promotion next weekend, needing 17 points from a maximum of 35 to be assured of going back up to Division 2.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Jason Neave.
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