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1st’s win again but losses elsewhere – Match reports 12/5/18

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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

Follow us on social media and online for all the latest news from WsMCC.

 

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Weather disrupting pre season fixtures

Snow and rain over the last few weeks have had a huge impact on pitch preparation for the upcoming season

Fixtures for this season were due to start this Thursday 12th with a under 15 game vs Bedminster CC, but the huge amount of rain recently means that no play was possible.

The home senior fixtures scheduled for April 21st against Congresbury CC and Bristol YMCA CC have already been cancelled, with no chance of a suitable wicket being prepared in time, and also to minimise the risk of further damage to the wickets ahead of the new season.

There are also fixtures scheduled for the following week, starting on 23rd April, for both youth and senior teams. Decisions about these games will be made closer to the time.

Games this Thursday 26th for under 13 teams are currently ON.

2/3/4th team friendly vs Taunton Deane for Saturday 28th is CANCELLED. This will be replaced by outdoor training at the club, midday meet.

Head Groundsman Sam Trego is always looking for extra help to get all the work done – get in touch to lend a hand.

We will updating this page and social media pages with all the latest information about fixtures as soon as any decisions are made.

 

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Womens teams season up and running

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.

The squad consisted of: Julie Mayo, Esther Smith, Michelle Ho, Jodie Filer, Elaine Filer, Diane Davidson, Aimee Davidson, Georgia Tulip, Bobbie-Lee Kingston and Liberte Rosser.

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!

 

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Captains announced for new season

Captaincy roles have been finalised for all our senior teams ahead of the start of the season

    1st XI captain Rob Turner

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!

Women’s softball XI