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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
 

 

 

 

 

 

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WsMCC ready for the new season – Senior team previews

 he 2018 season starts tomorrow at WsMCC, and there is again cause for optimism following an excellent club wide 2017 campaign.

1st XI

Last season: 1st in WEPL Somerset (promoted)

League: WEPL 2 – Bristol/N Somerset

Captain: Rob Turner 

The 1st XI have been boosted with the arrival of Somerset fast bowler Paul van Meekeren and new overseas recruit Ben Gully, the return to the squad of Weston stalwarts Pete Trego and Charl Willoughby, as well as being able to retain the majority of the promotion winning core from last season, as they look to reestablish their place in WEPL 2. With a fixture against the Lashing World XI also in place for May 27th, it promises to be another exciting season for our 1st XI.

2nd XI

Last season: 4th (Somerset League – Division 2)

League: Somerset League – Division 2

Captain: Dominic Mayo

The 2nd XI have a new captaincy duo in place for 2018, with promotion winning 3rd team skipper Dom Mayo moving up to the 2s, bringing Luke Morgan with him as a vice captain. After a solid 4th place finish in 2017, the team will aim for more of the same in the upcoming season, with an emphasis on bringing through some new young talent to support the established players.

3rd XI

Last season: 2nd in Somerset League – Division 6N (promoted)

League: Somerset League – Division 5

Captain: Josh Knight

After a 2nd place finish in Division 6N in 2017, the 3rd XI find themselves in a tougher Division 5 in 2018, with long trips to clubs such as Yeovil and Castle Cary meaning a mid table finish will be the target for a young team. With some excellent young talent at the club ready to step up from teams 4 and 5, it will be good to see them given the opportunity to perform in senior league cricket in the upcoming season, under a new captain – wicket keeper Josh Knight.

4th XI

Last season: 3rd (Somerset League – Division 8N)

League: Somerset League – Division 7N

Captain: Dave Howes

With the 5th team entering the Somerset League structure for 2018, the 4th XI went up to Division 7N from Division 8N. A comfortable 3rd place finish in 2017 means that they will not be out of their comfort zone, and another good finish should be well within their grasp. A number of young players made great contributions to the team last season, and they will all be looking to push on in the upcoming season.

5th XI

Last season: N/A (Played 5, won 4 in the Somerset Flexi League)

League: Somerset League – Division 8N

Captain: Paul Fleming

After some encouraging performances in friendly games in 2017, the 5th XI are well placed to make an impact in competitive league cricket in the upcoming season. Based at the picturesque Chapel Allerton ground for this season, it will exciting to see some of the youngest players at the club making their first steps into Saturday league cricket, and will definitely be in with a chance of winning games this year despite their inexperience.

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5th Academy XI prepare for debut league season with Allerton friendly

The 5th Academy XI begin life in the Somerset Cricket League this weekend, and warmed up on Saturday with a friendly vs Allerton CC

   5th XI fielding at Allerton CC

The team travelled to their new home from home at Allerton CC for a friendly game on the Saturday, using the game as a good practise at their new home ground ahead of their debut season in league cricket.

Fielding first, the team bowled well throughout, with Charlie Biggs, Lewis Richards and John Fleming all producing good spells against an experienced Allerton XI. Hannah Capes produced an excellent display with the keeping gloves on, with the positive energy from the whole team showing through from first ball to last. They were well marshalled by Aaron Stone on captaincy debut, with Allerton finishing on 218-5 from their 40 overs.

In response, the Academy battled well, with good contributions from the whole team. Jakob Massey and Davis Trego took on some good home team bowling and applied themselves well, playing some lovely shots in the process. John Fleming and Sid Rai put on 50 together, playing some big shots including a huge six from Sid that many said was the highlight of the day. They eventually finished 65 short on 153-7.

WSMCC would like to express its huge gratitude to Allerton CC for agreeing to host our 5th XI home games at their picturesque ground this season, and also for playing Saturday’s friendly in great spirits. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership between the two clubs!

 

 

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Pre season match reports – Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th

In addition to the 5th team friendly on Saturday, there were two other pre season games across the weekend

       Friendly XI in action on Sunday

Sunday saw a combined 2/3/4th XI team take on Wedmore CC on the East Ground. Wedmore won the toss and opted to bat first, and Weston’s opening bowlers Georgia Tulip (2-18) and Tahmid Ahmed (4-30) bowled excellent opening spells, with the batsman struggling to get them away. They were well supported by spinners Bayley Frise (2-46) and George Bemand (1-27) who along with Terry Horler (0-45) kept things tight in the middle overs. A good innings from Patch (66) kept the batting team ticking along, and they eventually finished on 188-9 from their 40 overs.

The response started poorly, with Chris Pack (8) out early, but an excellent partnership of 123 between Josh Knight (94*) and Fin Mayo (49), who put the bad balls away and rotated the strike well, took Weston to the brink of victory. A couple of wickets them fell in quick succession, but the home team cruised home to win by 7 wickets.

A good workout for all the players on both teams ahead of the start of the league season on May 5th. Forte Financial Player of the Match went to Josh Knight for his runs.

 

 

       Friendly XI in action on Saturday

Saturday’s game saw a mixture of 1st and 2nd team players travel to Bridgwater CC for a 40 over friendly. The home team batted first, but Tom Court (5-41) bowled an excellent opening spell, taking three early wickets, including two good catches behind the stumps by Ben Gully, to reduce the batting team to 32-3. Chris Davidson (1-27) bowled an economical spell, and Bridgwater found themselves struggling with just 136 on the board when the sixth wicket fell. But strong hitting from Skidmore (83) meant they finished strong, eventually reaching 237 all out, with Court taking his fifth wicket with the final ball of the innings. Tom Chambers (2-45) and Shabel Ahmed (1-32) also got some valuable overs under their belt ahead of the start of the league season this Saturday.

The 2nd innings saw Luke Morgan (17) and Shabel Ahmed (8) started well against some good home team bowling, but Ahmed was unluckily run out backing up. After Morgan and Gully (9) were both out, the innings quickly subsided, with the batsman succumbing to accurate bowling from the whole home team attack. Young Alex Leeks (10) battled hard, but Weston finished all out for 68.

A good workout despite the result for the players, especially in the field and for the bowlers. Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Tom Court for his five wickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senior pre season starts tomorrow

After a long wait, made longer by the poor weather in March and early April, senior teams get their season going this weekend with three friendly fixtures

 

The 5th XI are preparing form their first season is competitive league cricket by travelling to Allerton CC
on Saturday. Allerton have agreed to host 5th XI home fixtures this season, so its an ideal chance for our newest team to get some good experience playing at the picturesque ground ahead of the new season. That’s a 1pm start on Saturday. Spectators are welcome at the ground, the postcode is BS26 2PA.

 

 

 

 

 

The 1st XI also have a fixture on Saturday, as they travel to Bridgwater CC, looking to get some good practise in ahead of the teams return to WEPL Prem 2 next weekend. That’s also a 1pm start.

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday a combined 2/3/4th team host Wedmore CC on the East Ground. The fixture is a good chance to build up some match fitness ahead of the start of the league season the following weekend. That’s again a 1pm start, the club bar will be open and any support is appreciated.

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New club shop available now

WsMCC are pleased to announce a new range of playing and training wear, in partnership with Somerset County Sports and Gray-Nicolls. 

The new agreement, which continues our great partnership with SCS following the supply of our 1st team coloured playing kit last season, gives all our members the chance to access quality playing and training kit for this season onwards from a local company who have a great track record in supplying team wear to clubs.

Chairman Jon Mayo is pleased with the new partnership: “Somerset County Sports did an excellent job supplying our coloured kit last season, and we are delighted to welcome them to the club as our kit partner. Having access to quality playing and training kit lets our members continue to take pride in representing the club on and off the pitch. It’s also important that we support a local business providing a great service, and we welcome Richard, James and the whole SCS team to Devonshire Road”.

The club would like to place on record our huge thanks and gratitude to all of our sponsors, including main club sponsor Forte Financial, club partners Howards Motor Group, City West Commercials and The Curry Garden, as well as all the businesses who support us through ad board purchase and beer barrel sponsorship. Their generosity allows us to keep providing opportunities for members young and old to enjoy their cricket, and also allows us to invest in the club and its facilities to ensure long term sustainability.

The new shop is available at https://www.somersetcountysports.com/department/club-shops/?filter_team=weston-super-mare-cc

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