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4th’s win their first game this season – match reports 9/6/18

1st XI

   Jack Press batting РPhoto credit: Rob Wood

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.

 

2nd XI

Weston 2nd XI once again fell to defeat away from home, this time to Wells 1st XI. The visitors lost the toss and were forced to field first in hot conditions, but battled hard. Tom Court took 2 wickets in a decent opening spell, and spinners George Bemand (1-67), Sam Goodhew (1-27) and Jodie Filer (3-45) all bowled their overs well in the middle overs, Filer in particular did well bowling at the end of the innings. Young Will Crane also did well again, but with short boundaries and a fast outfield, Wells registered a good score of 220 all out. Stacy (53) and Moore (51) both batted well for the home team.
Weston started the chase poorly with the early loss of Will Whitell, but Harry Wiseman (42) and Luke Morgan (26) put on 60 for the 2nd wicket in quick time. Wells kept taking wickets at crucial times though, and Weston eventually subsided to just 120 all out.
Forte Financial MoM goes to Jodie Filer.
3rd XI
Weston 3s won their second game on the bounce on Saturday with an outstanding full pointer away at Leigh on Mendip.

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.

4th XI
    Jamie Dance bowling РPhoto credit: Rob Wood

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.

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First wins of the season for 3rd and 5th XI’s – Match reports 2/6/18

Saturday saw the 2nd’s achieve their third win¬†of the season, whilst there were first wins of the season for the third and¬†fifth teams

 

1st XI

Weston First XI suffered their first defeat in almost a year away at Lansdown in a top of the table clash at the weekend.
Weston won the toss and elected to bowl first. Lansdown got off to a slow start with Pete Trego and Tom Chambers bowling very economically. The first wicket fell for 30 in the 11th over, courtesy of an amazing run out from Trego, who hit the stumps from square leg with a diving throw. A second wicket soon followed off the first ball of Ash Allen’s first over and with Chris Davidson bowling economically from the other end, Weston looked to be in a good position. A stand of 60 then followed between Josh Smith and R Thorpe, before Tahmid Ahmed had Thorpe caught behind for 26. Ahmed (9-0-45-2) soon took a second, but it was Ash Allen who finally removed Smith for 66 in the 38th over. Wickets then fell regularly to Allen (8-1-25-4) and Tom Chambers (8.5-0-29-2) and, despite a stand of 31 for the eighth wicket, Lansdown were all out for 187 in the 47th over. Some questionable decisions from the umpires aided Lansdown in achieving this score, something Weston could do little about.
The Weston innings did not get off to a great start with Fear falling for 2 in the third over. Wickets fell at regular intervals with some outstanding fielding moments from Lansdown, including a sharp caught and bowled from captain Price to remove Trego for 7 and two runs outs to see off Davidson and no. 11 Tom Court. Weston were all out for 91, defeated by 96 runs and taking only 5 points from the match.
Weston will hope for a return to winning ways at home to Bishopston next weekend.
The Forte Financial Man of the Match was Ash Allen for the fourth time in five league matches.

 

2nd XI

Weston 2nd XI got back to winning ways with a convincing victory over Butleigh 1st XI on Saturday. Weston once again won the toss and batted first, but lost a wicket in the 2nd over, with the Butleigh keeper showing great skill to run out Matt Huxtable when the batsman attempted a quick single. The innings then settled down, as brothers Dom (40) and Fin Mayo (20) put on 67 for the 2nd wicket. It was slow going on a pitch that was underwater two days previously, but the Weston batsman kept battling hard. There was a mini collapse in the middle innings, as Weston slipped to 100-4, but Harry Wiseman (56) batted excellently to register his maiden 2nd team 50, dragging the home team up to 168-9.

Weston came out firing in the 2nd innings, with young U13 Will Crane (2-24) bowling a superb spell to dismiss the two openers. Matt Knight (3-21) also showed great control and skill with the ball in taking his wickets. There were also wickets for Paul Stringer (2-18) and George Bemand (2-28), and Jodie Filer grabbed a wicket at the end to go with a superb catch taken earlier in the innings.

A good victory for the 2nd’s, with 6 players under the age of 19 in the team. Massive thanks to the grounds team who worked tirelessly to get the game on. Forte Financial Man of the Match goes to Harry Wiseman.

3rd XI

WSMCC 3rds got their first win of the season on Saturday taking full points at home to Staplegroves 2s. After shocking weather in the week, groundsmen Sam and Ben did a brilliant job to get the game on.
Weston won the toss and elected to bat on a good wicket. The start couldn’t have been better with a fantastic half century from Max Brown (66) at better than a run a ball, and mature support from U15 Eoin Austen (36). Weston surpassed 100 before Brown fell. The good batting continued with all the middle order contributing, J Knight (26), J Mayo (18), R Green (5), J Fleming (7) and another crucial innings from another youngster, J Massey (36*). Weston finished their 45 overs on 252-7.
The Staplegrove innings got off to a slow start with some excellent bowling from I Smith, 6-3-13-1, with his wicket comig from a worldie catch from Eoin Austen. R Crocker, 7-1-22-1, bowled well but it was the inspirational change of B Frise who took a wicket with his very first ball. Another young player stepping into the team, Bayley finished with figures of 9-0-49-4, a beautifully bowled spell. The visitors fell to 79-7 but a late resurgence meant J Massey (6-0-38-1), J Mayo (6-1-31-1) another stunning catch from Eoin and B Kingston (2-023-0) had to slow the run rate. However it was again Eoin Austen (2.2-0-9-2) who finished the innings off taking the final 2 wickets in the first 2 balls of his second over. Staplegrove all out for 194.
There were stand out performances from Max Brown and Bayley Frise with special mention going to Bobby-Lee Kingston for stepping in 45 minutes before the start.
However Forte Financials man of the match goes to Eoin Austen for his controlled batting (36), outstanding 2 catches and 2 wickets in 2 balls to finish the innings.
4th XI

Weston 4ths succumbed once again to stronger opposition,  this time away to Harptree Villages.

Inserting the home team  the Weston bowling was steady rather than threatening and the first wicket didn’t fall until 97 was on the board.

There did follow a furry of wickets and with Harptree 145 for 5 there was the prospect of a contest but an unbroken stand of 81 took Harptree to 226.

There was economical bowling from Jamie Dance, a wicket each for Spike Hawkins and promising debutant George Nuttycombe but the pick was Holly McKLaughlin with three wickets ‚Äď all bowled.

In reply Weston lost a wicket in the first over and things barely improved. The top scorer was Georgina Goodwin with 20 and a total of 74 was no more than Weston deserved.

The Forte Player of the Match was Holly McLaughlin.

5th XI

The Weston 5th Academy side (put together to bring through teenagers into adult cricket) performed very well in their first game of their adopted home of Allerton CC with a convincing win over Peasedown-St-John 2nds.

Opening the batting, Luke Richards scored a powerful 112 to help Weston set a challenging 226 off their 40 overs. 14 year old Ollie Thompson and 15 year old Adam Smith both making valuable contributions.

In reply, Lewis Richards (13) took a wicket with his first ball to see off the PSJ dangerman Vowles. PSJ stayed in touch for the next 25 overs until Adam Smith changed the game with 2 wickets in an over to soothe Weston nerves.

 

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New club position available: Club Photographer

We are on the lookout for a keen amateur photographer to take photos of our games and events in and around the club.

The club has 5 senior teams playing on a Saturday, youth teams playing across the week and also host numerous other games and events throughout the year. The 1st team compete in the West of England Premier League system, and have a mix of professional, ex professional and top amateur players in their squad. The other 4 teams compete in the Somerset Cricket League.

Our youth teams play in the North Somerset Youth Cricket League, and last season won leagues and cups in their respective leagues.

In recent years we have hosted  local professional teams and players in marquee games, and have one of the most popular annual firework and bonfire events in the town.

With our ever growing amount of teams and players, we are on the lookout for a photographer to assist us in documenting the games and events around the club.

The ideal person will be someone who:

  • Is based locally and can get themselves to and from the club.
  • Available on Saturdays.
  • Flexible with availability on different dates and days, a good communicator, and friendly and easy to work with.
  • Interest in cricket and general sports.
  • Some experience with photography and sports photography, as well as access to good quality photography kit (desired but not essential).

In return for your time, you will receive:

  • A free social membership at the club, which entitles you to a range of benefits.
  • Free club kit such as polo shirt and cap.
  • Free refreshments every Saturday including a cricket tea and drinks.
  • Free entry to all our events and end of season dinner.
  • A mention every time your photos are used in our social media and website areas. We have over 3,000 followers across our social media profiles, as well as a huge reach in the local town through published photos in the local newspaper and paid promotions on social media that have been seen by thousands of people.
  • Chance to build your skills in photography and web development – the successful person will have the chance to work with the club to ensure maximum exposure for their work on our website and social media profiles, and have the chance to control their own area of the website subject to approval from the club committee.
  • Assistance with building up their own social media profiles if required.
  • Chance to be part of a great sports club that is growing and improving year upon year.

We believe that this position will be best suited to a keen local amateur photographer, or someone thinking of a future career in photography and media production, and wants to gain experience in the field. We have a committed group of volunteers that work hard to run the club and its events, and we would love to have someone who shares those levels of commitment join the club in this new position.

For more information or to chat to someone at the club please contact us at cricket@wsmcc.co.uk, message us on Facebook or Twitter, or alternatively give Digital Content manager Dominic Mayo a call on 07502285660.

To apply for the post, please email dom.mayo@gmail.com with some information about yourself and your interest in the role, and we can go from there.

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WSMCC v Lashings World XI – Lashings player profiles

The Lashings World XI are coming to Weston this Sunday, so check out the player profiles of each player below

Flick through the slideshow below to find out more information on the international stars coming to Devonshire Road this Sunday!

Tickets for the day, including the game and the beer and cider festival, are available on the gate, priced just ¬£3 for adults and free for under 16’s. Why not bring the whole family along for a great day of fun and cricketing action?

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Wins for 1st and 2nd teams, with improvement from 3rd’s and 4th’s – Match reports 19/5/18

1st XI

John Davidson batting for WSM

Weston First XI achieved a stunning victory away at Taunton Deane at the weekend, leaving them unbeaten so far this season with three wins out of three.

Winning the toss for the third week in a row, Weston elected to bowl first, and this looked to be the wrong decision as the openers put on a stand of 47 for the first wicket despite some accurate fast bowling from Charl Willoughby (0-26) and Somerset’s¬†Paul van Meekeren. It was an inspired bowling change by captain Rob Turner that broke the partnership, with Tom Chambers (1-37) striking in his second over and Ash Allen removing the next batsman in his first over.¬†It was Allen yet again who changed the game, taking wickets at regular intervals during his spell to take his first five wicket haul for the First XI with figures of 10-1-34-5. van Meekeren (9-0-40-3) helped to clean up the tail, with Shabel Ahmed (1-31) taking the last wicket in the 41st over to leave Deane 163 all out.

Set an achievable target, Weston got off to a positive start, with Ahmed and Jack Press hitting impressive boundaries in their first overs. Both lost their wickets in the first 10 overs to bring Ben Gully and Chris Davidson to the crease. Gully batted well, but was out for 15. Jamie Howson, playing his first match of the season hit a quick fire 15, but it was Davidson who was the star of the innings as wickets tumbled around him before John Davidson shared a partnership of 45 batting patiently for the second week in a row. Chris Davidson was finally dismissed after batting for almost two hours for his 77 from 90 balls requiring only 4 runs for victory. Ash Allen followed his superb bowling performance by hitting the winning runs with ten overs remaining giving Weston a two wicket victory and 18 points.

While Chris Davidson’s batting performance cannot be praised enough, it is Ashley Allen who is awarded Forte Financial Man of the Match for the third week in a row, his figures this season currently stand at 12-60 and has also just achieved a 400 wicket milestone for the club.

Weston will look to continue this form at home to Midsomer Norton next Saturday, a win will see them unbeaten in the league for an entire calendar year, their only loss in this period was during the benefit game against Somerset last August.

Next Sunday sees a number of ex-international cricketers including several Ashes winners playing for the Lashings World XI against Weston. Admission is just £3 on the gate for adults, and fee entry for kids. The two games coincide with the annual beer and cider festival, where there are over 30 beer and ciders available to sample. This is open all weekend and entry is included in the entry price for the Lashings game on the Sunday. Gates open at 11 for both games.

2nd XI

2nd’s celebrate a wicket (Photo credit: Dave Bickell)
Weston 2nd’s earned their second win of the season at home to Bridgwater on Saturday. Winning the toss, the home team batted first, and got off to their best start of the season thanks to Will Whitell (35) and Luke Morgan (18). However, Their wickets saw a mid innings collapse that left Weston on just 86-5. For the second week in a row Matt Blamire (44) led the rebuild, and with good support from Tahmid Ahmed (33*) they dragged Weston up to a competitive 187-9 from 45 overs.
Matt Knight (6-11-0) kept things tight first up with the ball, and Lauren Filer (5-15-1) took her first 2nd XI wicket with a excellent Yorker to dismiss the opener. The Weston spinners then took over, with Sam Goodhew (2-26) and Tahmid Ahmed (3-23) doing the damage initially, leaving Matt Blamire (5-28) to mop up the rest of the innings in another excellent all round display. Bridgy were all out for 126, giving Weston victory.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes fo Matt Blamire.
3rd XI
Weston-super-mare 3rds continued their winless start to the season with a 30 run loss to Street 2nds on Saturday at Devonshire Road. With glorious conditions Street won the toss and opted to bat on an excellent track. Street got off to an excellent start with an opening partnership between Martin Wood (70) and Phillip Linter (80) of 144. With the visitors looking at a total of above 300, Weston slowed the run rate and started to take wickets with brilliant controlled bowling in the middle overs from Sam Curley, 9-0-38-1 and 13 year old debutant Will Crane, 8-1-35-0. However the stand out for Weston was Jodie Filer with excellent figures of 9-0-53-3. Street finished their innings on 239-5.
The eaglets began their reply well with Matt Huxtable (25) and Max Brown (30) reaching 60 before the loss of the first wicket. Middle order runs from captain Josh Knight (19), Sam Curley (43) and Simon Turner (17) threatened to upset the visitors but the loss of regular wickets pegged Weston back. Jakob Massey impressed again with a counter attacking 24 but the 3rds fell short, losing the final wicket in the final over of the game. A much more promising performance for the 3s with plenty of positives for next week. Forte Financial player of the match goes to Jodie Filer.
4th XI

Weston are still looking for their first win of the season having come off second best away to local rivals Uphill Castle. Having been asked to bat the home side made 180 for 9 with  several batsmen contributing but nobody making a significant score. For Weston Justin Turner took five wickets , four of them bowled, Rhys Crocker two and Terry Horler and Bayley Frise one each. Crocker’s and Horler’s combined 16 overs went for a total of 34 runs and at tea the game was in the balance.

Weston’s batting was built around the in form Chris Pack who made 42 well supported by Russ Green and Rhys Crocker but too many batsmen played loose shots and in the end a total of 142 was disappointing.

The Forte Player of the Match was Justin Turner.

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Monty Panesar coming to Weston as part of the Lashings day!

England spinning legend Monty Panesar will be part of the entertainment during next Sunday’s Lashings event!

Next Sunday sees the visit of the famous Lashings World XI to Devonshire Road, and, in addition to their team of international cricketing legends taking on our 1st team on the field, there will be commentary and entertainment provided by Ashes winning left arm spinner Monty Panesar!

Monty will be providing commentary during the game, and will also be available for pictures and autographs throughout the day. He will be a guest in the corporate tent as well, providing our guests with the chance to meet the man himself and chat about his career and achievements with England.

Lashings are bringing some big name players with them, with Ashes winner Chris Tremlett and Indian batting legend Wasim Jaffer just some of the players on show. Our 1st team
face a tough task in taking them on, particularly with Weston favourite Charl Willoughby opening the bowling for the World XI!

Tickets are available on the gate next Sunday, priced just ¬£3 for adults, whilst its completely free for under 16’s. Our annual beer and cider festival will be running all weekend long, alongside the Lashings game as well as the 1st team league fixture on the Saturday, and entry to the festival on Sunday is included in the price of admission, whilst its free entry all day on the Saturday. Gates will be open from midday on both days.

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Lashings World XI players announced!

The famous Lashings All Stars are in town on May 27th for a T20 game, and the players have been announced!

Lashings are a team made up of ex international cricketers, who bring a wealth of experience with them to take on our 1st XI on May 27th.

The names announced are…

Somerset Legend Andy Caddick, who took 234 test wickets for England!

Ex Surrey and England paceman Martin Bicknell, who captains the team!

One of England’s quickest ever bowlers, with best test figures of 9-57 – Devon Malcolm!

2010/11 Ashes winning hero –¬†Chris Tremlett!

Indian batting legend –¬†Wasim Jaffer!

Former England test batsman –¬†Usman Afzaal!

1992 World Cup player –¬†Chris Lewis!

WSMCC and Somerset legend ¬†–¬†Charl Willoughby!¬†

The 7th highest T20 wicket taker of all time –¬†Yasir Arafat!

With over 400 Test wickets and mountains of first class and international runs between them, these guys bring plenty of pace and skill with them to Devonshire Road. Tickets will be available on the gate on May 27th, priced £3 for adults and free for kids! There will be a funfair and plenty of facilities available for all the family, so why not come on down and enjoy some cricketing legends on show?

Keep following this page and all our social feeds for the latest Lashings News.

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1st’s win again but losses elsewhere – Match reports 12/5/18

WSMCC Crest

1st XI

Riding on a high from their victory last week, Weston 1st XI pulled off a stunning win at home against Keynsham. Weston captain Rob Turner won the toss and elected to bat. Batting looked tough from the off, with Fear falling in the first over. Pete Trego played some excellent shots and looked to be getting into the groove when he chipped one to a fielder off the bowling of Keynsham captain Tom Bryan (10-3-11-3). Wickets then fell at regular intervals to leave Weston in deep trouble on 44-5 off 12 overs. Turner steadied the ship a bit, putting on a partnership of 23 with Shabil Ahmed before he too fell for 14 with the score on 67. John Davidson (22) put on 31 runs for the 9th wicket with 1st team debutant Tahmid Ahmed. Tahmid batted with a maturity beyond his years to take Weston to 113 all out in the 43rd over. Scoring was slow and a lot of maidens were bowled in the Weston innings, giving hope to the Weston spinners.
Keynsham got off to a positive start, making batting look a lot easier than Weston did. An opening partnership of 31 off just 8 overs made it look like the teams were heading for an early shower. However, Weston’s spin twins, S Ahmed and A Allen, bowled a game changing spell, including a double wicket maiden for S Ahmed in his first over, to reduce Keynsham to 64-5 off 23 overs. There were some outstanding catches from Ben Gully, Allen, Trego and Turner, with the pick of these arguably being Gully’s diving take on the boundary. Keynsham tried to dig in, but Weston took 5 wickets for 5 runs in 6 overs to leave Keynsham all out for 80. Weston took victory by 33 runs and added 17 points to their total. Much credit must be given to S Ahmed (7-1-17-3) and Allen (9-6-5-3) and special mention must go to T Ahmed for his batting display and for taking his first 1st XI wicket on his debut.
Weston will look to continue this winning form when they travel away on Saturday to play Taunton Deane, always a strong team and a tough opposition.
The Forte Financial Player of the Match for the second week running went to Ashley Allen – 3 wickets for 5 runs from 9 overs and a great catch low to the ground in the covers were decisive factors in securing a Weston win.
2nd XI
Weston 2nd XI suffered their first defeat on the season in a tight game away to Cheddar 1st’s. Weston won the toss and batted first, and made a decent start, reaching 30 for no loss, before some quick wickets left them struggling at 50-4. But a superb partnership of 140 between Matt Blamire (82) and Fin Mayo (44*) rebuilt the innings, with Blamire playing aggressively throughout, hitting 3 sixes, whilst Mayo was comfortable playing a supporting role. Both innings were crucial on a pitch which was difficult to score runs on, as the visitors finished on a decent 192-7 from 45 overs. 
 
With the ball, Matt Knight (2-36) made two early breakthroughs in a good opening spell, but the Cheddar batsman kept up with the rate early on. Weston kept plugging away, taking wickets to peg them back, with Sam Goodhew (2-35) bowling his usual reliable spell. There were wickets also for Blamire (1-34) and debutant George Bemand (1-24). Sims (42) and Travis (38) contributed well for the home team, and they eventually got home with 3 wickets in hand. 
 
A battling performance from the 2nd team, who were fielding 3 debutants in the bowling attack, including 13 year old Will Crane who performed admirably with the new ball. 
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Matt Blamire.
3rd XI
The 3rd XI had another difficult day, going down by 9 wickets to Castle Cary 1st XI. They batted first but struggled early on, and were indebted to U15’s Jakob Massey (26) and Eoin Austen (10) who provided resistance. Contributions down the order, including 16 for another U15 Davis Trego, dragged Weston up to 124 all out. Wickets were shared around for Cary, best figures going to Keirl who finished with 7-4-5-3. 
 
Cary started their reply strongly and raced to 60 without loss quickly. However good bowling from another youngester Adam Smith stemmed the flow of runs, and Massey confirmed his good game by picking up a wicket. It was not enough though, and the hosts cruised home to win by 9 wickets in fhe 21st over. 
 
A 3rd team fielding 7 debutants was always going to find life tough, and captain Josh Knight was quick to praise all the young players who stepped up and kept going to the end. Better availability in future weeks will help the 3rds find their feet in the higher division after promotion last season. 
 
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Jakob Massey. 
4th XI

Weston 4th Team once again put up a strong fight in an ultimately losing cause against Lympsham and Belvedere 2nds.

Having being put in to bat Weston’s total of 129 was built around an unusually restrained innings from opener Chris Pack who scored a patient 61. Some big hitting in the lower order from Alex Nicolls gave the score some respectability and the home felt they had a chance.

Some tight opening bowling from Matt Munday and the excellent U15 Georgina Goodwin who finished with 2 for 11 from 8 overs had Lympsham worried. Backed up by two wickets from Spike Hawkins, Weston were in the game but eventually lost by four wickets.

Again the fielding was excellent with keeper Alex Nicolls taking a fine legside catch and the Forte Financial Player of the Match Chris Pack adding a fantastic leaping catch at mid off to his half century.

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1st XI start league season with victory away at Ilminster

Weston First XI got off to an excellent start to the 2018 season with an eight wicket win away at Ilminster
Having won the toss and elected to bowl, Weston struck early with Tom Chambers removing opener Warry for 9 in the second over. Kraucamp and Vickery put on a stand of 55 for the second wicket before Ash Allen came on to bowl and removed Kraucamp for 32. The run rate then slowed considerably as Allen struck at regular intervals, finishing with figures of 10-2-23-4 at the end of an excellent spell of spin bowling. Pete Trego (10-4-30-1) struck in the second over of his second spell to leave Ilminster 96-6 in the 33rd over. Vickery was well supported by the tail as he reached his 50 off 130 balls. He carries his bat to end up 68 not out as they reached 155-8 from their 50 overs. Weston bowled economically, with figures of 1o overs for just 20 runs for Chris Davidson and 6 overs, 17-1 for Shabel Ahmed. Some superb catches were taken by Chambers, both Davidson brothers and captain Rob Turner.
 
Weston’s innings got off to a positive start with Andy Fear hitting a boundary from the first ball. He was out LBW in the second over, bringing Trego to the crease to partner 16 year old Jack Press. Both batted fluently, putting on 87, before Trego was bowled on 49. Press batted maturely with overseas players Ben Gully to reach his 50 in the 29th over. He finished 58 not out with Gully unbeaten on 31 as Weston reached their target in the 36th over.
 
This was an excellent start to the season after Weston’s promotion last year, giving the team hope for a positive season to come.
 
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Ash Allen for his game changing spell of bowling, with a special mention for young Jack Press who registered his maiden 1st XI 50