April sees the start of the 2019 season, with lots of pre-season games organised for all of our teams, starting this weekend
Following the recent 1st-4th XI captaincy announcements, we are delighted to confirm further positions for the 2019 season!
The women’s indoor softball team won the Somerset Cricket Board cup on Sunday, defeating Portishead at Gordano school.
Senior bowler Georgia Tulip led the way with 4 wickets, and youngsters Bobbi-Lee Kingston and Aimee Davidson led the way with 49 runs from their 4 overs, but the whole team played their part in the win. Our women’s teams train on Friday nights, from 7-8pm. We have both hardball and softball teams, who play fixtures across the season, and we are always looking for new players to come and join in. Contact the club send us a message on Facebook, or call us on 01934 623101.
A great start to 2019 for WSMCC, well done to the team for their success.
Preparation for next season is well underway, with friendly fixtures organised for April 2019
The 1st XI will have lots of opportunities to get themselves going before the start of the league season, with three fixtures scheduled for April.
Firstly, they take on Congresbury CC on April 13th, then the following week they host Taunton St Andrews. Both of those fixtures are at Devonshire Road. Finally, on April 27th, they travel to Clevedon for an away fixture, with the start of the league season a week later on May 4th.
All three fixtures should provide a good test for the 1st XI, with Clevedon and Taunton St Andrews currently competing in WEPL One, and Congresbury playing in WEPL Bristol/North Somerset.
In addition to this, a 2nd/3rd XI have also organised a game on the 27th against Clevedon, with that game taking place at Devonshire Road.
We would like to thank our opponents for helping to organising the games.
Weston won the toss and elected to bat. Rob Turner, in his last match as captain, and Jack Press put on 35 for the first wicket, with Turner playing some positive shots in the first over to find the short boundary. Turner fell for 16, bringing Andrew Fear to the crease. He batted with patience against a good attack, in partnerships of 31 with Press (26), 29 with Gully and 40 with Will Whitell (15), before falling for 54.
Weston then lost four wickets for the addition of only 12 runs leaving them 147-7, before Matt Huxtable (23 not out off 23 balls) steadied the ship slightly and got Weston over the 175 needed for a third batting point. Batting did not look easy on the wicket and Weston finished 183-8 off their 50 overs.
Taunton openers Clist and Sale, attacked the bowlers from the off and, helped by a flurry of wides in the first three overs, put on a quick fire 151 runs for the first wicket. Spinners Allen and Goodhew were particularly expensive in their first spells, both going at more than ten an over. Paul van Meekeren was the only bowler to bowl effectively, with figures of 10-1-29-2. A change of ends for Allen (10-0-60-2) saw the breakthrough Weston had been waiting for as he trapped Sale LBW for 74. A batting collapse reminiscent of an England test innings followed, with Taunton falling from 151-1 to 167-4, but Clist (70 not out) held his nerve. Goodhew took the fifth wicket, but by this point Taunton only needed 3 for victory, runs which Clist struck off the first ball of Ben Gully’s first over.
With no match on the last weekend of the season due to the withdrawal of Glastonbury from the league, it is a disappointing end to the season, especially after the high of the previous week’s convincing win against Shapwick and Polden.
Weston would like to take this opportunity to bid farewell and say thank you to Ben Gully, our overseas player for this season. A huge thank you must also go to Rob Turner for all he has done as captain in the past two years.
The Forte Financial Man of the match goes to veteran Andrew Fear for his patient innings, holding together the Weston batting and ensuring a challenging target was posted.
Weston 1st XI cruised to victory over Shapwick and Polden on a day full of emotion at home on Saturday.
A minutes silence was held before the start of the match for former Club chairman and President Bryan Chambers, who sadly passed away on Sunday after a short illness. Bryan was a member of the club for over 70 years, and one of a group of players who helped move the club to its current location at Devonshire Road.
The match commenced after this mark of respect for a much loved club member, with a full strength Weston bowling first. Charl Willoughby, playing in his last ever match, struck with the last ball of his first over, with Ben Gully taking a catch at slip. Pete Trego (10-0-23-2) then removed the other opener with an LBW, and the number 3, caught by Rob Turner, before Willoughby struck again in the 11th over to leave Shapwick 29-4. Ash Allen then entered the attack and took a wicket with his third ball. With three catches being dropped off the bowling of Trego, Shapwick doubled their score with a stand of 36 for the sixth wicket, before Dutch international Paul van Meekeren had the Shapwick top scorer caught behind for 23 in the 26th over. Allen (10-1-19-3) struck twice more, but Shapwick dug in, defending doggedly, and made it to the 44th over before they were all out for 96. In his last match, Willoughby finished will figures of 10-4-22-3, but it was a fitting and poignant moment when Tom Chambers, grandson of Bryan, took the final wicket.
Although the total was not a high one, the ball was moving a lot and chasing it down was going to be a straightforward task. This was demonstrated when Jack Press was caught behind off his first ball he faced to leave Weston 2-1 at the end of the second over. Andrew Fear built a partnership of 52 with Rob Turner, before being caught out for 26. Allen came to the crease and supported Turner well, as he batted resiliently, punishing the bad balls, to reach his 50 off 67 balls. It was left to Allen to hit the winning runs in the 24th over to finish 14 not out, as Weston romped home to an eight wicket victory.
Weston will strive to repeat this performance in their last match of the season, away to Taunton CC.
The Forte Financial Man of the Match could go to no one else in the circumstances: after five years at the club, Charl Willoughby showed his class with a three wicket haul in his final match for the club. He will be much missed on the field next year, and has done so much to help the club, both with his wickets on the field, and his support, encouragement and guidance that he has offered to the younger players. The club would like to thank him for all he has done, and look forward to welcoming him back to the club as a fan!
We are delighted to announce we have received our Clubmark status renewal from the ECB. All WEPL clubs are going through the process this season, it’s a large amount of work and validates our commitment is to being a safe, welcoming well run club.
‘I’m sure all members would like to join me in thanking Youth Chairman Darren Smith who has headed up the project and Club Welfare Officer Julie Mayo for the huge amount of volunteer time dedicated to getting Clubmark renewed ’ Jon – Chairman
This accreditation means that the club:
- Ensures that all members of the club involved in youth coaching, senior team captaincy, match scoring and other senior positions hold appropriate qualifications and certifications, such as DBS checks and coaching qualifications.
- Ensures that a robust system is in place to deal with complaints and to protect all playing members of the club, especially youth players, through our Club Welfare Officer.
- Is sustainable on and off the pitch, with plans for long term security both financially and on the pitch.
- Continues to qualify for potential funding of new projects through grants and other means, such as the new scoreboard and lighting in the indoor hall.
- Is marked out as somewhere where people young and old can safely enjoy their cricket, where people can improve themselves and their sport, and somewhere where parents can feel safe and confident in bringing their child to improve themselves and achieve.
It’s vital that we maintain our high standards to continue to meet the Clubmark guidelines in all areas now and in the future. Failure to meet Clubmark standards would mean that very little cricket would be allowed to take place at the club, especially womens and girls cricket, and at 1st team level through loss of WEPL status.
Without the hard work of our volunteers, the club simply would not exist, so please make time to consider if you would like to become more involved with the club. We always need volunteers for admin duties, ground work and in the youth section, so please get in touch.
Weston First XI were involved in a close match with top of the table Lansdown at home on Saturday.
Having lost the loss and been put in to bat, Weston got off to a shaky start, with captain Rob Turner falling for 16 in the 7th over. Jack Press and Ben Gully batted steadily to put on 98 for the second wicket before Press fell LBW for 47 with the score on 123. Gully fell shortly after for 36 and Sam Goodhew soon followed for 10. Chris Davidson and Ashley Allen put on 40 for the 5th wicket, with Allen falling for 22 off 29 deliveries. A nine ball cameo from Matt Huxtable (11), took the score to 217 and Davidson, supported by Alex Leeks (6 not out off 3 balls) reached his 50 off the penultimate ball of the innings. Weston finished on a respectable 228-6 off their 50 overs, especially when you take into account that the team featured only five of the players who played in the away match against Lansdown earlier in the season.
Lansdown came out swinging, with Thorpe hitting 25 off just 11 balls before being caught by Gully off the bowling of Leeks (8-1-53-1). A 111 run partnership for the second wicket between Jordan Price and keeper Allen looked to win Lansdown the game, before Allen (56) was superbly run out by a quick reaction from Charl Willoughby off his own bowling. Willoughby (10-1-37-2) struck again with the last ball of his over to remove Jordan Smith for 46, leaving Lansdown on 141-3. Hooper (20) and Veal (10) rebuilt slightly, but Veal then left a ball from Goodhew that took the top of off. This brought J Henly to the crease and he teed off. His quick fire 47 off 42 deliveries, including 5 fours and 3 huge sixes took the game beyond Weston, despite Allen (10-2-45-2) taking two wickets, an LBW and a caught and bowled, at the other end. Willoughby and Davidson took wickets with the score on 227, but with Weston needing two wickets and Lansdown only needing two runs, the odds were in their favour and a 4 from number 8, captain Josh Price, saw Lansdown to victory with 3.5 overs to spare.
Weston should be pleased with their batting performance, but two dropped catches could have proved vital, especially as one of the drops was Henly when he was on 0.
Weston are away to Bishopston on Saturday, looking to build on this weeks positive, if ultimately disappointing, performance.
The Forte Financial Man of the Match was Chris Davidson.
Weston 2nd’s put in a much better performance on Saturday away to Butleigh, but still came up short in a high scoring game.
Weston won the toss and bowled first on a very slow and grassy wicket, and made a good start, as Georgia Tulip made a breakthrough in the 1st over. The innings then settled down, as a lightning fast outfield and short boundaries made for quick scoring. The introduction of George Bemand brought Weston back into the game, as he took 4 wickets in an excellent 9 over spell, backed up by great catching from the fielders, notably Aniraj Sapra. When Weston took the sixth wicket with the score on just 180, they had hopes of wrapping up the innings, but a lack of bowling options hampered them, as Butleigh scored quickly in the last few overs to take the score to 276-7 from 45 overs.
Weston started well in reply, with openers Andy Fear and Dom Mayo putting on 140 for the first wicket. The experienced Fear showed his class in scoring an quality 101, but the wicket of Mayo for 34 turned the tide towards the home team. The required run rate rose, with the new batsman struggling to score quickly on the very slow wicket. The wicket of Fear put the game beyond Westons reach, but they at least got themselves full batting bonus points in reaching 220-6.
A team again hurt by unavailability was unable to produce the win, but a battling performance can give them a lot of cause for optimism.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Andy Fear.
Weston 3s lost on Saturday away to Staplegrove 2s. Fielding an inexperienced team, Weston lost the toss and were put into bowl. The game started off well with regular wickets falling leaving Staplegrove 134-5. However with an unbeaten 6th wicket partnership, Staplegrove reached 308-5 after 45 overs, somewhat helped by fielding first team players. Bowlers Jamie Dance, Ian Smith, John Fleming, Dec McNulty and Chris Fawcett each taking a wicket, with Fawcett leaving the game after 20 overs with a serious shoulder injury.
Once again Weston 4ths came off second best this week but once again there were positives to be taken. Playing at home to Harptree Villages Weston batted first. Despite a relatively experienced top order it was
13 year old Harry Thompson who was the star with 58 runs on his debut showing immaculate timing and placement to confound whatever the bowlers sent down to him. There were also scores in the 20s for Charlie Thompson, Spike Hawkins and fellow 13 year old debutant Christian McMullan. A score of 158 was, we thought, competitive in the circumstances but Harptree’s experienced opening pair set about the Weston bowlers and they reached their target for the loss of only one wicket.
Another defeat but again the future looks bright. Harry Thompson followed up his half century with a very tidy wicket keeping performance and is the Forte Player of the Match.
Weston won the toss and, with rain forecast, elected to bowl first. The start of the match was delayed briefly by a shower shortly before the scheduled start time. This may have affected the way the pitch played, with the scoring rate from Midsomer Norton’s openers Lear and N Cox being slow. Last week’s Man of the Match, Alex Leeks (7-0-20-1), struck in the eighth over to remove Cox LBW for 14. Chris Davidson (6-0-25-2), coming on as the first change bowler, then removed Norton’s overseas player Gunathilaka for 13 and M Cox for 10 either side of a brief rain interruption. The introduction of the formidable Shabel Ahmed saw the fall of the fourth wicket with the score on 97.
Captain Pang then built a partnership of 54 with Lear, who batted steadily to bring up his 50 off 105 balls. Ahmed removed both batsmen, Pang for 40 off 40 balls courtesy of a catch in the deep from Ash Allen, and Lear LBW for 63, to finish with figures of 9-1-30-3. Three balls after Lear’s wicket fell and with the score on 174-6, the rain came down in earnest and play was suspended shortly after 3.30pm. After almost an hour of rain, the sun came out and play looked likely to be able to resume in a reduced format. However, another shower put paid to that idea and the match was officially abandoned shortly after 5pm.
This abandonment gives Weston 9 points to Norton’s 8 in the mid table clash. With availability being an issue again, there were some errors in the field by players making the step up from second team cricket, which gave away some boundaries and saw a potential catch go down, but Weston should be pleased on the whole with their bowling performance.
They will look to return to winning ways at home to top of the table Lansdown on Saturday.
Weston 4ths took their least experienced team ever away to league leaders Butleigh on Saturday and despite the almost inevitable defeat learnt much from the experience.
Batting first Weston made a creditable 152 for 7 with openers Tom Bailey 53 and Dave Howes 39 leading the way. Once this stand was broken wickets tumbled regularly and it was Georgina Goodwin with 23 not out who helped the score past the 150 mark.
With rain around, and more threatening, Butleigh were always going to attack from the start and so it proved with their opening pair running up a stand of over 140 in 11 overs. Olly Price took the only wicket to fall but Weston’s youngsters can feel proud of the way they stuck to their task.
The Forte Player of the Match was Tom Bailey.