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2019 Friendly fixtures announced for 1st XI

Preparation for next season is well underway, with friendly fixtures organised for April 2019

The 1st XI will have lots of opportunities to get themselves going before the start of the league season, with three fixtures scheduled for April.

Firstly, they take on Congresbury CC on April 13th, then the following week they host Taunton St Andrews. Both of those fixtures are at Devonshire Road. Finally, on April 27th, they travel to Clevedon for an away fixture, with the start of the league season a week later on May 4th.

All three fixtures should provide a good test for the 1st XI, with Clevedon and Taunton St Andrews currently competing in WEPL One, and Congresbury playing in WEPL Bristol/North Somerset.

In addition to this, a 2nd/3rd XI have also organised a game on the 27th against Clevedon, with that game taking place at Devonshire Road.

We would like to thank our opponents for helping to organising the games.

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Winter Events

The presentation evenings and fireworks night may have been and gone, but there’s still plenty going on over the winter months!

 

On Saturday December 8th, we have our annual Sponsors day at Weston Rugby Club. Organised by Sam Trego, it’s a chance to spend the day supporting our affiliate club in the town, following a two course meal and drinks. We receive great support from the rugby club during the summer, and it’s always a good day out. All members welcome.  www.facebook.com/events/2749512875062739/

 

 

 

Friday 21st December sees the return of our annual Christmas Quiz, hosted by committee members John Humphrey and Steve Thorne. A fun family event for the Christmas time, all welcome!  www.facebook.com/events/1907147792686826/

 

New Years Eve party, with The Proof playing live. Welcome in 2019 with a party at the cricket club, with live music from local band ‘The Proof’. Tickets coming soon, all welcome!  www.facebook.com/events/1907147792686826/

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Youth Presentation Evening

This years Youth Presentation evening takes place on 28th October, at 6pm in the Sports Hall

It’s been another great year for our youth teams, with a cup win for the U13 Wizards and runners up awards for the U15’s. Join us on Sunday, 28th October at 6pm to hear all about their great seasons, and celebrate the award winners and their achievements.

 

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Club gears up for annual Bonfire and Fireworks Night!

Weston Cricket Club is again hosting its popular Bonfire and Fireworks night, on Saturday 3rd November!

This years event will bigger and better than ever, with lots of things to do and see for all the family, such as:

  • A wide array of food and drink outlets, including Barefoot Pizza, Charcoal BBQ and Hills Bakery, as well as a fully licensed bar.
  • Outdoor fun fair area, with plenty of fun games to play and prizes to be won for the whole family.
  • A fun, safe and family friendly atmosphere, with both indoor and outdoor areas to view the fireworks display and relax.

It’s the best value display in town, with tickets priced just £15 for a family of 4, £7 for an adult and £3 for children, with under 5’s going completely free! All tickets will be available to purchase on the gate.

The event supports Weston-super-Mare Cricket Club, which is a volunteer run, not-for-profit CASC registered amateur sports club. We use all funds raised to support the development of youth and senior sport in the town, through investment in facilities, equipment and coaching for our young players.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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5th XI win but 1st XI lose their final game of the season – Match Reports 25/8/18

1st XI

 

Weston won the toss and elected to bat. Rob Turner, in his last match as captain, and Jack Press put on 35 for the first wicket, with Turner playing some positive shots in the first over to find the short boundary. Turner fell for 16, bringing Andrew Fear to the crease. He batted with patience against a good attack, in partnerships of 31 with Press (26), 29 with Gully and 40 with Will Whitell (15), before falling for 54.

Weston then lost four wickets for the addition of only 12 runs leaving them 147-7, before Matt Huxtable (23 not out off 23 balls) steadied the ship slightly and got Weston over the 175 needed for a third batting point. Batting did not look easy on the wicket and Weston finished 183-8 off their 50 overs.

Taunton openers Clist and Sale, attacked the bowlers from the off and, helped by a flurry of wides in the first three overs, put on a quick fire 151 runs for the first wicket. Spinners Allen and Goodhew were particularly expensive in their first spells, both going at more than ten an over. Paul van Meekeren was the only bowler to bowl effectively, with figures of 10-1-29-2. A change of ends for Allen (10-0-60-2) saw the breakthrough Weston had been waiting for as he trapped Sale LBW for 74. A batting collapse reminiscent of an England test innings followed, with Taunton falling from 151-1 to 167-4, but Clist (70 not out) held his nerve. Goodhew took the fifth wicket, but by this point Taunton only needed 3 for victory, runs which Clist struck off the first ball of Ben Gully’s first over.

With no match on the last weekend of the season due to the withdrawal of Glastonbury from the league, it is a disappointing end to the season, especially after the high of the previous week’s convincing win against Shapwick and Polden.

Weston would like to take this opportunity to bid farewell and say thank you to Ben Gully, our overseas player for this season. A huge thank you must also go to Rob Turner for all he has done as captain in the past two years.

The Forte Financial Man of the match goes to veteran Andrew Fear for his patient innings, holding together the Weston batting and ensuring a challenging target was posted.

 

2nd XI

 

The 2nd XI suffered another defeat on Saturday, this time at home to Taunton.
They won the toss and batted first, but found it tough early on, losing young Davis Trego early on. Brothers Dom (22) and Fin Mayo (42) added 46 for the second wicket, battling hard. Simon Turner (50*) came in at 4 and worked hard for his runs, and with support from Eoin Austen (16), got Weston up to a decent score of 176-7.
As often this season for the 2nd’s, the opposition made batting look a lot more straightforward. They only lost one wicket on route to a comfortable chase, reaching the target in the 31st over.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Simon Turner.
3rd XI
Weston 3s lost a crucial game on Saturday that now see’s them all but relegated from Division 5 in their first season after promotion, only a minor miracle will keep them up.
Weston lost the toss and were in the field. The game got off to the perfect start with 13 year old Will Crane (5-0-13-2) taking 2 wickets in the first over, both caught behind by skipper Josh Knight. Crane bowled beautifully swinging the ball both ways. Georgia Tulip (9-1-31-3) continued the great opening spell at the other end taking 2 wickets cleaned bowled and the other caught behind again by Knight. This left top of the league Yeovil 24-5. However a partnership of over a hundred between Martin and Malcolm for the 6th wicket bought Yeovil back into the game. Bayley Frise (8-0-51-1) removed Malcolm, caught by Filer and Ian Smith (9-0-36-2) had opener Martin LBW whilst his other wicket was again caught behind by Knight. Jamie Dance (5-0-31-2) took the final 2 wickets to leave Yeovil 179 all out, Weston thinking what could have been after that brilliant start.
Weston’s reply got off to a terrible start with Chris Pack (0) and Max Brown (1) removed early to leave Weston 6-2. However with captain Knight (56) and returning Luke Richards (52) at the crease Weston rebuilt reaching 106-2 in the 26th over, before Knight was caught at point off the bowling of Hurlock. After this the innings fell apart with no batsman scoring more than 5 runs. The visitors were all out for 145 in the 43rd over.
This game summed up Weston’s season; always competitive but just not quite good enough to get over the line. Josh Knight, Luke Richards and Will Crane were all contenders for player of the match but this week it goes to Georgia Tulip for her excellent spell of bowling setting the game up for the win which the batsmen couldn’t capitalise on.
Next week Weston play Cranmore at home on the final weekend of the season needing to get full points and hope that the visitors don’t get more than 6.
4th XI
Weston 4ths had two games across the bank holiday weekend, with both having a similar tale of finishing just short of victory.
The 1st game saw them host Mark CC, and after losing the toss found themselves in the field. The Mark batsman captaitlised on some wayward bowling early on. The experienced Matt Kearsey took 4 wickets to stem the flow on the quick scoring East Ground, and Matt Munday weighed in with 2, as Mark finished on 246-9.
Weston’s innings saw 5 players reach at least 20, but only Jon Mayo (56*) got to 50, as they finished just 15 short in a high scoring affair.
Forte Financial Player of the Game goes to Jon Mayo.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Weston again care up just short with the bat at home against Frome 3rd XI.
Weston won the toss and bowled first on a slow and damp wicket, but made an erratic start with numerous wides giving the visitors easy runs. Justin Turner found some good help from the pitch to pick up 3 wickets, helped by some excellent catching from Luke Richards and keeper Tom Bailey. The innings was fairly even throughout, as Frome finished in 200 all out, with Dominic Mayo picking up 3 wickets at the end.
Weston made a good if cautious start, with Frome using their experienced bowlers to good effect. Russ Green made it 42, but his wicket sparked a small collapse,  as they lost 4 wickets with the score around 100. Dom Mayo came in and was immediately aggressive, and in partnership with Tom Bailey (32) they looked like they could guide the team to victory. The run rate kept climbing as wickets fell, but Mayo kept swinging the bat. The last over came with Weston needing 16, and eventually needing 6 to win off the last, but they couldn’t manage it, as Frome won by 5 runs, with Mayo finishing on 69 not out.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Dom Mayo.
5th XI
The 5th XI travelled to play Wembdon 4ths on Saturday, and came away with an excellent victory. Batting first, Weston benefited from contributions from a few different players, as youngsters Enzo Cryer, Jack Trego, Harry Thompson, Ollie Thompson and Christian McMullan all scored at least 20. They finished on a good score of 184 all out.
In reply, Wembdon never got going, with only two batsman reaching double figures. All the youngsters again showed their promise with the ball, with all the bowlers picking up wickets. Ollie Thompson picked up 3, there were 2 for McMullan and Ryan Hearse, and one each for Bobbi-Lee Kingston, Holly McLaughlin and Georgina Goodwin, as they were bowled out for 113. Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Ollie Thompson.
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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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Under 15’s – End of season round up

The U15’s finished off another excellent season with a victory on Monday night

Despite finishing second in both the league and the club to Claverham CC, they can feel proud in their achievements, only losing two games during the entire season. Highlights included a nervy 2 wicket win against Barrow Gurney after getting reduced to 22-8, thanks to a excellent 20 not out from Jake Richards, which highlighted the strength in depth of the team.

Top run scorers were Eoin Austen with 270 runs including two 50’s, Jakob Massey with 269 runs, also with two 50’s and John Fleming with 212 runs, also with two 50’s.

What really underlines the depth of the team was the 13 different bowlers who took at least 3 wickets across the season, with Adam Whittock leading the way with 9.

The team say goodbye to Jakob, the two Adams, Jodie and Hannah from this years squad, and coaches Paul, James and Dom would like to congratulate them on an excellent youth career. Some of the players represented the U19’s this season, and will become key players for the team over the next few years.

Every single one of the team have represented the club in adult cricket, from the 5th XI up to the 2nd XI, and there is high hopes for them that they will one day go on to become 1st team players in the future.

We restart U15 training in the New Year, and are always on the look out for new players. We provide year round coaching and the chance to play games on a weekly basis as part of a successful youth set up.

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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.