WsMCC are delighted to announce the signings of George Cox, Will Plummer and Scott Harris ahead of the 2019 season.
WsMCC are delighted to announce the signings of George Cox, Will Plummer and Scott Harris ahead of the 2019 season.
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.
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/
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.
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.