The womens teams got their season started on Saturday with a fun day of hardball and softball action
The womens team got their season started on Saturday with a day long event at Somerset’s indoor
school, playing softball and hardball tournaments across the day. The 9 player squad travelled to Taunton in the morning and played the softball tournament first, beating 5 other teams along the way to a finals loss to Staplegrove CC. In the afternoon, the team also competed in a 3 team hardball tournament, coming out as winners, beating Staplegrove and Wembdon to cap off a great day.
Massive thanks to Somerset Cricket Board and the Western Storm, especially Sophie Luff and Steve Gass, for organising and running a fantastic day of cricketing fun.
The womens team train on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, and have loads of softball and hardball fixtures across the season. We are always looking for new players to join our team – no experience of cricket is needed at all, just come along and give it a go!
Captaincy roles have been finalised for all our senior teams ahead of the start of the season
The 1st XI will again be led by ex Somerset keeper/batsman Rob Turner, who starts his second season in charge having achieved promotion in 2017. Turner will be supported once again by Weston stalwart Andy Fear.
The 2nd XI will be led by a new captaincy duo, with 3rd team skipper Dom Mayo moving up to the lead the team. Batsman Luke Morgan will be the vice captain as the team look to push on after a fourth place finish in 2017.
With Dom Mayo moving up to the 2nd XI, wicket keeper Josh Knight will be taking on the reigns of the 3rd team, who find themselves in Division 5 this season after promotion in 2017. He will be assisted by brother Matt.
After a solid 3rd place finish in 2017, the 4th XI will again be led by Dave Howes. They have moved up a division after the 5th XI entered the league system, so find themselves in Division 7N. Chris Pack will again act as vice captain.
The 5th XI start their inaugural season in league cricket under the captaincy of Paul Fleming, who will act as a guide for the young players in the squad as they experience their first taste of competitive league cricket.
This season also sees the reintroduction of a hardball women’s team to the club, with the aim of giving our talented female players the chance to play in their own team in addition to playing in the senior Saturday elevens. Fixtures have been organised for Sundays across the summer, and the team will be captained by Michelle Ho. There are also more women’s softball festivals organised this season after a successful time in 2017, with the first scheduled for Saturday, 24th March and continuing throughout the season. They will be captained by Julie Mayo.
Lots to look forward to at WSMCC as the season draws nearer!
Pre season fixtures have been finalised, with games for all 5 team across the last two weekends in April
Ahead of the start of the senior league season on May 6th, pre season fixtures have been organised for April 21st and 28th.
The 1st XI start preparations for life back in WEPL Two – Bristol/Somerset with a home game against recently promoted Congresbury CC, who play in the Bristol & District league structure. The following weekend they travel to old rivals Bridgwater CC, who currently play in WEPL Premier One, with both fixtures offering a good workout ahead of the new season. Both fixtures start at 1pm.
Other friendlies over the two weekend dates will see a combined 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI take on Bristol YMCA CC and Taunton Deane CC respectively, giving plenty of opportunities for all the players from all teams to have a good run out ahead of the start of the league season. Both fixtures will be at home, with the YMCA fixture starting at 1:30 pm, and the Deane fixture starting at 1pm.
The 5th XI will prepare for life back in league cricket with a trip to Allerton CC on the second weekend. Allerton will be hosting the 5th team home fixtures for this season at their picturesque ground, making the fixture ideal for preparation for our youngest team. Thats a 1pm start on April 28th.
Three of our youth players recently toured Sri Lanka with Somerset, and came back having had a great experience on and off the pitch
The ten day trip took the squad around Sri Lanka, playing games against domestic sides whilst also exploring the local culture and spending leisure time with friends in the squad.
Spin bowling allrounder Jodie said of the trip: “I really enjoyed playing in a country with completely different conditions to England, especially bowling on pitches that turned, which was ideal for my style of bowling”.
Fast bowler Lauren also had a great experience: “It was really hot and humid during the trip which made bowling hard work, but that made taking a wicket even more rewarding! We all got to sample the local culture and spend time with friends in the squad so it was a great trip all round”.
Hannah, who is a wicket keeper, said that the tour “helped me become a better player by experiencing keeping in different conditions; overall it was a really good trip!”.
The girls would like to express their huge thanks and gratitude for all the sponsors and volunteers who helped to organise events and raise funds for the trip – notably Bridgwater College and the volunteers at WsMCC.
WsMCC are proud to have a number of our youth players involved in the Somerset development set up, and this is down to the hard work of both the players and the volunteers that help to coach and lead the youth teams. We are always looking for members new and old to coach our young players – get in touch!
WsMCC are delighted to announce the signing of Somerset and Dutch international fast bowler Paul Van Meekeren for the 2018 season
Following promotion in 2017, preparations continue for our return to WEPL Bristol / Somerset this season and we are pleased to welcome Paul to our first team squad.
The Dutchman shot to prominence with some impressive performances during the World T20 tournament in 2016 with the national team, including a man of the match performance against Ireland. He has subsequently represented Somerset in all three formats, notably picking up 4-60 on his County Championship debut against Essex in August last year.
First team captain Rob Turner is excited to bring Paul to Devonshire Road this season: “It’s always a bonus when you can utilise the skills of a professional player, particularly someone who bowls this quickly and skilfully. He made a great impression at the club when playing for Somerset last season in the Hildreth testimonial game, and we look forward to seeing him don Weston colours in 2018”.
Chairman Jon Mayo is also pleased with the new signing: “Bringing Paul to the club continues the great partnership we have with Somerset, and gives him the chance to stay match sharp when not representing them or Holland. It’s testament to the hard work of our volunteers that the club is in a position to be able to attract quality players. We’re excited to see him in action”.
Asked about the signing Paul said “I’m looking forward to joining Weston and playing when I can, I had fun there last year when playing for Somerset!”.
Paul is currently representing the Kowloon Cantons in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, and we look forward to welcoming him to Devonshire Road soon!
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