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1st XI secure important win on emotional day for the club – match reports 18/8/18

1st XI

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!

 

2nd XI
Weston 2nd’s relegation was confirmed on Saturday with defeat away at Minehead, but there was positives to take from the game, with saw seven players under the age of 19 represent the club.
The home team won the toss and chose to bowl, but Weston started well, with captain Dom Mayo (58) finally weighing in with some runs. He was well supported early on by U13 Davis Trego (22), as they put on 90 for the first wicket. After they both got out, there was a mid innings collapse, and it looked like it could be another bad day at the office for the team. But U15’s Eoin Austen (47) and Jodie Filer (22) batted superbly together, putting on 80 runs in an excellent partnership, that saw Weston to a score of 236-7 from 45 overs.
Weston made an excellent start with the ball. with Tom Court inducing a nick behind to keeper Mayo with just the second ball of the innings. However, that was as good as it got. The inexperience of the bowling attach showed against strong batting from the home team, as Weston were unable to take wickets or restrict the scoring rate. Batsman 2 and 3 both recorded unbeaten centuries, as the crushed home to win by 9 wickets.
Weston will hope to take the positives from the performance into their last two fixtures, hoping to finish a tough season with a win or two.
3rd XI
Weston 3rd XI had a mixed weekend with two away fixtures over two days, against Taunton St Andrews and Lydford Sports.
The match at St Andrews on Saturday was a humiliating ten wicket defeat, with Weston bowled out for 68, which they chased down in less than 16 overs without losing a wicket. Jon Lawrence top scored with 19, and Jamie Dance was the only other Weston player to reach double figures.
The match on Sunday at fellow relegation strugglers Lydford, rearranged from the football World Cup quarter final weekend, could not have been more different. Lydford won the toss and put Weston into bat. Openers Martyn Chambers and Matt Huxtable fell early, but captain Josh Knight led by example, with partnerships of 47 with Eoin Austen (13) and 83 with Jakob Massey (25). With the overs running out, Knight succumbed to the pressure to score quick runs, falling for 93 in the penultimate over. Weston posted a good score of 226-6 off their 45 overs, a score that included 47 extras on a pitch that, riddled with cracks from the dry weather, was doing all sorted and was proving difficult for the home side to field on.
The Lydford innings got off to a positive start with a partnership of 51 between Hodges (48) and Harvey (11). It was Lauren Filer who made the breakthrough, removing Harvey LBW in the 13th over. Ian Smith (9-2-34-2) struck in successive overs of his spell to leave Lydford 78-3 off 20 overs. A safe pair of hands from Huxtable in the deep took the next wicket off the bowling of Massey, but it was the introduction of Georgia Tulip (6.1-1-29-2) and Jamie Dance that changed the game. Lydford was fielding a team with some inexperienced players, and Dance took 4 wickets in 4 overs, including two in two balls, to finish with figures of 5-3-12-4. Tulip took the last wicket with the first ball of the 39th over, leaving Lydford 143 all out, a victory for Weston by 83 runs.
Despite notable performances from Josh Knight and Jamie Dance, the Forte Financial Player of the Match for weekend goes to Ian Smith, who drove the team minibus to both matches. Even the opposition umpire called him a hero!
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Club receives renewed Clubmark accreditation

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.

 

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1st’s lose close game to league leaders – Match Reports 4/8/18

1st XI

Charl Willoughby bowling for Weston

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.

 

2nd XI

 

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.

 

3rd XI

 

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.

Weston got off to a good start in the reply with all batsmen contributing, Matt Knight (8) and Tommy Bailey (26 off 11 balls) were aggressive at the start and the middle order, Josh Knight (32), Lauren Filer (28), John Fleming (49*) and Adam Smith (13). However with the loss of regular wickets, Weston were all out for 187.
A difficult day for Weston but the team showed tremendous heart and attitude throughout. Forte Financial player of the match goes to John Fleming for a wicket and 49 not out.
4th XI
Harry Thompson batting for Weston

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.

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3rd’s get back to winning ways – Match reports 28/7/18

1st XI

 

Weston First XI’s match away at Midsomer Norton on Saturday was abandoned before the end of the first innings due to heavy rain.

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.

 

2nd XI

Weston 2nd XI slipped further into relegation trouble with a chastening defeat at home to Long Sutton on Saturday.
The visitors won the toss and bowled, but Weston battled hard, reaching 60-2 at the first drinks break. This was a good platform, but it was wasted by the middle order, who all fell cheaply, as the home team subsided to just 117 all out.
In reply, a good opening spell by young Will Crane should have been rewarded by more than 1 wicket, and spinner Jodie Filer again bowled well, but Sutton knocked the runs off easily in the end to win by 8 wickets.
3rd XI
Weston 3rds got a crucial win in the relegation battle on Saturday, beating Hardington & West Coker at home by 187 runs and climbing out of the drop zone in the process.

With skipper Josh Knight stuck in traffic, deputy and brother Matt lost the toss and Weston were put into bat. Chris Pack and Martyn Chambers (22) put on 51 for the first wicket with some excellent shots before Chambers fell to P Eason. Captain J Knight and Pack set about pushing the total up for Weston with Knight quickly passing 50 and Pack not long behind. Pack batted brilliant for his maiden 3rd team 50, showing great composure and shot selection before he was eventually dismissed for 61. Knight and Pack also completed another milestone putting on 114 for the second wicket. Josh Knight was joined by brother Matt who quickly fell for 2 before Chris Fawcett (28) provided excellent support to J Knight in his first game for 8 years. Knight continued to punish the bowlers with excellent shot placement and scored a first ever hundred for Weston, eventually caught on the boundary for 112. The rest of the batsmen pushed the total up to 276-9 after 45 overs.
The bowling couldn’t have got off to a better start for Weston as Smith (9-1-31-1) removed Hardington captain Parrott for 2. Fellow opener Reddaway was then retired hurt due to an ankle injury which is hoped not to be too serious. The game then became the Jamie Dance show as he dismissed batsmen 3 to 7 with some outstanding swing bowling. Moving the ball both ways Dance never let the batsmen settle, 3 of his wickets were clean bowled. Hardington fell to 61-6 after Smith and Dance had bowled out it was the job of Bayley Frise (3-0-17-2) and returning Justin Turner (3-1-11-1) to clear up the tail. Hardington & West Coker all out for 89.
This was a brilliant performance for Weston showing real team spirit despite missing some regular players. Pack and J Knight were excellent with the bat and set the platform for the bowlers, but Man of the Match goes to Jamie Dance for a maiden 5fer, blowing away the opposition.
4th XI

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.

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Bad day at the office with five Saturday losses – match reports 14/7/18

1st XI

 

Weston 1st XI suffered another loss on Saturday, going down by 72 runs away to Keynsham. They got off to an ideal start with Pete Trego (2-42) picking up a wicket first ball. They had Keynsham at 82-4 after good bowling from Ash Allen (1-36) and Tom Court (1-30) but an excellent partnership worth 112 between Jarman (80) and Keates (51) turned the innings, and they finished on a decent 229 for 5.
The batting once again let the team down, with only Shabel Ahmed (44) going on from the top order. Young Davis Trego (26) applied himself well on debut, playing some nice shots off the spinners, but Weston eventually fell well short, finishing on 157 all out.
2nd XI
Weston 2nd’s fell to another defeat on Saturday, this time at home to Cheddar 1st’s. The visitors won the toss and bowled first, and took regular wickets throughout, as a batting line up lacking in experience and confidence again struggled mightily. Sam Goodhew (31) dragged them past 100, and young Fred Bemand (20) battled away, but the group of slow bowlers from Cheddar kept things very tight. Weston eventually finished 145 all out.
Cheddar made fairly straightforward work of run chase in reply. Spinners Goodhew, George Bemand and Jodie Filer all bowled good spells, with Filer again the standout with two wickets. The Cheddar openers both passed 40 to set up the victory, eventually reaching it 3 down.
The defeat sees the 2nd’s drop into relegation trouble, and must look to improve with big games coming up. Forte MOM goes to Sam Goodhew.
3rd XI
Weston 3s continue to struggle in division 5 as they lost to high flying Castle Cary 1s.
After no game last week due to the football, Weston returned to Devonshire road hoping to get a much needed win. Captain Josh Knight won the toss and elected to bat on a very green wicket. Weston lost 2 early wickets with Russ Green (4) and Max Brown (1) falling early. With returning Dan Press and skipper Knight the rebuild began. Press fell for 41 as he added 98 runs with Knight for the 3rd wicket. Shortly after this Knight passed fifty for the first time in the league this season. Weston kept the scoreboard ticking and with some help from Aniraj Sapra (5) and Jakob Massey (27) the 3s reached 198-5 off their 45 overs. Captain Knight finished on 97* just 3 runs why of a maiden century.
The bowling display however was not as convincing as the batting display. Cary got off to a flyer reaching 127 after 15 overs with both openers passing 50. Rhys Crocker got 3 wickets which may well prove to be crucial points come the end of the season, his spin working wonders. Captain Knight and Jakob Massey also got a wicket a piece. Cary eventually chased the score 5 wickets down in the 29th over.
A disappointing result again for the 3s who travel to Street next Saturday. Forte Financials Man of the Match was Weston skipper Josh Knight for his 97 not out, a catch and figures of 3-0-11-1.
4th XI

Weston 4ths continued their losing streak with defeat away to Lympsham and Belvedere 2nds.

Inserting the opposition on a mottled and cracked wicket with the outfield resembling a baked desert in parts Weston had the opposition in some trouble 84 for 6 but sensible late order batting took the total to a very respectable 194. The pick of the bowlers was Matt Munday with an excellent 4 for 21, there were three wickets for Jamie Dance and one each for Georgina Goodwin and Jake Richards.

In reply Weston didn’t have the depth and with only Dave Howes and Jamie Dance passing 20 they succumbed to 103 all out.

In both innings several balls flew from a length while others barely got off the ground and the fact that no batsman on either side got more than 35 was testament to the difficult conditions. It’s not easy being a groundsman in the current weather although neither the weather nor wicket came be blamed for Westons total of 28 wides. There is no excuse!

 

5th XI

 

Weston 5ths again have a good account of themselves, going down by just 3 wickets against Wells 2nd’s at Allerton CC. Batting first, the runs came from the experienced members of the team, as Dave Austen (23), Jason Hearse (30) and Charlie Thompson (68*) all batted well. A score of 185-7 looked a good one.
It certainly looked that way when Wells fell to 70-5 in reply, but the young bowling attack couldn’t get rid of Hunt (102*), who received support from L Boot (37) to win the game in the end. Bobbi-Lee Kingston (4-27) was the standout bowler.
A great effort from a very young team, with the 6 man bowling attack consisting of U13’s and younger showing what great potential the club has for the future. Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Bobbi.
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2nd’s get back to winning ways – Match reports 30/6/18

2nd XI

Weston 2nd XI returned to winning ways on Saturday at home to table topping Purnell CC. The home team won the toss and elected to bag, and made hay in the sunshine. Matt Huxtable (48) scored at better than a run a ball, and Simon Turner (43*) kept the momentum going at the back end of the innings. The standout innings belonged to Will Whitell, who scored an excellent 114. Whitell scored boundaries all round the wicket in a quality knock, taking Weston up to an excellent score of 284-4 from 45 overs.
Purnell have been strong with the bat this season, and made a good start, keeping up with the run rate up to the 15th over. The introduction of spin from Sam Goodhew (3-32) and Jodie Filer (4-15) turned the screw though. taking regular wickets to see Weston to a good victory, as the visitors were bowled out for 148.
At the midpoint of the season, the 2nd’s find themselves clear of the relegation zone, a good achievement with a number of younger players making the step up to the team.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Will Whitell.
3rd XI

 

Weston 3s lost again on Saturday away to Cranmore 1s.

Winning the toss Weston elected to bat first.. Max Brown battled hard on a very difficult wicket for a hard fought 53, with the rest of the line up chipping in. Bayley Frise contributed an attacking 38*.
Weston chipped away with wickets throughout the Cranmore innings but with 2 batsmen in the middle order making half century’s, Weston fell just short losing by 3 wickets. Will Crane bowled brilliantly with 8.3-0-26-4.
Weston will try to get a much needed win next week away to Lydford, as they try to fight their way out of relegation trouble in the 2nd half of the season. Forte Financial Player of the match goes to Max Brown.
4th XI

 

On a baking hot afternoon with a true wicket and lightening quick outfield Weston 4ths and Winscombe 2nds scored over 550 runs between them on Saturday.

Batting first the visitors, Winscombe, made 297 for 8 with half centuries from two batsmen and the extras column. The bowling was wayward at times and only the senior pair of Dave Howes with four wickets and Jon Mayo with two exercised any degree of control. There was also a wicket each for Jamie Dance and Eoin Austen.

In reply Weston had the visitors worried although they eventually fell short on 271 for four. There was an excellent maiden century for Russ Green and a fine 80 from Luke Richards on his debut for the 4ths but with seven fielders on the boundary at times it was hard to keep the run rate in check.

How Weston rued those 40 wides they conceded.

The Forte Player of the Match was Russ Green.

 

5th XI

 

Shorn of its leading run maker the 5th XI Academy side learned a tough lesson in the sunshine away against an experienced Churchill CC team containing only one u16 player. Batting first, only Jack Trego (32) and Ollie Thompson (21) showed the necessary concentration to bat for more than a few overs, facing 46 and 52 balls respectively. The Weston innings closed after just 31 overs on a disappointing 110 on a decent track with a short boundary.

Replying, Churchill made short work of the total getting to the line in just 15 overs (Jack Trego the pick of the bowlers with a wicket).

Jack Trego man of the match, although disappointingly there was little competition for the award this week. The batsman will have to do better next week to avoid a repeat against Peasdown.

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Appearance milestone reached by senior Weston players

Weston 1st XI captains past and present Rob Turner and Chris Davidson both recently reached 100 league appearances for the club

Chris joined the club in 2012 from local club Uphill Castle, and quickly established himself in the 1st XI with some excellent contributions with both bat and ball. Captaining the 1st XI between 2013 and 2016, he led the team to promotion in 2013 and to Somerset Major Cup success in 2014. He continues to contribute with bat and ball to the 1st XI’s excellent start to the 2018 league season, and is a popular and committed member of the club on and off the pitch.

 

1st XI Captain Rob Turner

 

Current 1st XI captain Rob took up the captaincy from Chris in time for the 2017 season, and quickly achieved promotion at the first time of asking. He represented Somerset for almost 20 years and in over 400 games, becoming a legend at the Taunton club, leading to him being included in the Hall of Fame in 2017. Unlucky to never receive full international honours despite several excellent seasons with bat and gloves, he did at least represent England ‘A’ in the 1999-2000 season. Under Rob’s leadership, the 1st XI have only tasted defeat three times in league cricket, and he has shown real leadership and professionalism on and off the pitch.

 

 

 

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1st’s get back on track and 5th’s win again – Match reports 16/6/18

1st XI

Weston 1st XI returned to winning ways away to Shapwick and Polden on Saturday.

In overcast conditions, Weston won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pete Trego struck in his first and third overs, with Charl Willoughby taking a wicket in his second over to leave S & P 27-3 in the sixth over. Willoughby (8-3-22-3) then took two wickets in two balls in the 11th over before Ash Allen (10-2-31-2) removed the dangerous opener Steve Tinnion (40) in his first over. S & P found themselves 71-8 inside 16 overs after further wickets for Trego and Allen. A partnership of 46 for the 9th wicket brought Shapwick some hope, but the reintroduction of Trego (8.4-1-42-5) brought the innings to an end in the 31st over with the score on 117.

Openers John Davidson and Jack Press got off to a steady start before both fell to leave the score on 39-2. Ben Gully and Trego put on a partnership of 63 for the 3rd wicket, with Trego hitting out to bring up his 50 from just 28 balls including 5 huge sixes. He fell before the end, but Gully and Chris Davidson saw Weston home to win by 7 wickets.

22 points from the game sees Weston go top, having played one more game than nearest rivals Lansdown.

Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Pete Trego for a quality all round showing.

2nd XI

   Matt Knight bowling – Credit: Rob Wood
Weston 2nd XI suffered their first home defeat of the season at the hands of a strong Minehead team. The visitors won the toss and bowled first, and that decision looked a good one as they took early wickets. The Weston top order struggled, and it looked like an early finish when the 6th wicket fell with the score under a hundred. but excellent batting from Alex Leeks (65), well supported by Jodie Filer (12), got the home team up to 175-9 from their overs.

Mineheads batting looked confident from the start, and a young Weston bowling attack gave them few problems with some wayward bowling in some difficult windy conditions. The spinners lowered the run rate, but Minehead eventually cruised home by 5 wickets with 15 overs to spare.
A tough day for a young 2nd team, with U19’s Alex and Jodie at least showing fight with the bat in the first innings. MOM goes to Alex Leeks.
3rd XI
The 3rd XI tasted defeat at home on Saturday, losing by 100 runs to Taunton St Andrews.  The visitors won the toss and batted first, and piled on the runs, reaching 279-4 from their 45 overs. Opener Clapp scored 139, and Harnett scored 61 not out. Georgia Tulip (2-28) was the most economical bowler, but it was a struggle for Weston in the field.
The struggles continued with the bat, as the top three all fell for single figures. Si Turner made 47 to restore some pride, and Fred Bemand battled away to finish 61 not out and continue his great form, but Weston never threatened to chase the runs, finishing well short.
MOM goes to Fred Bemand.
4th XI

Sadly Weston 4ths returned to losing ways with a six wicket defeat away to Purnell 2nds.

Being asked to bat first on a surprisingly green wicket Weston were often the masters of their own downfall and capitulated to 89 all out with no batsman scoring 20.

Purnell had a slight wobble chasing and lost four wickets – two each to Jamie Dance and Sid Rai but were comfortable winners with many overs to spare.

The sponsors Player of the Match can stay locked away this week!

5th XI

Electing to field, an outstanding fielding display by the young Academy side restricted 3rd placed Cranmore to a below par 199. After Ollie Thompson’s leg spin had accounted for 3 batsman (the last a smart stumping by the excellent Hannah Capes), Ryan Hearse made inroads into the middle order, with 13 year old Academy debutant Harry Thompson taking a good catch in the deep for Hearse’s second wicket.

The Academy reply was led by Luke Richards (64) and Ollie Thompson, the latter all but carrying his bat with a watchful 68 that combined strong defence with some powerful shots either side of the wicket. At the other end, Luke employed the now familiar “Richards Rock” on a number of occasions to smash anything short of a length back past the bowler for numerous boundaries. Skipper Aaron Stone saw the side home with ease, making a quick 36 from just 26 balls.

This second consecutive win moves the Academy side to a comfortable mid table position and they will look to test themselves further against unbeaten Wembdon with a rare Sunday fixture at Devonshire Road on 24 June.

MotM: Ollie Thompson

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

1st XI

   Jack Press batting – Photo 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 – Photo 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 – 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.