Saturday saw the 2nd’s achieve their third win of the season, whilst there were first wins of the season for the third and fifth teams
Weston First XI suffered their first defeat in almost a year away at Lansdown in a top of the table clash at the weekend.
Weston won the toss and elected to bowl first. Lansdown got off to a slow start with Pete Trego and Tom Chambers bowling very economically. The first wicket fell for 30 in the 11th over, courtesy of an amazing run out from Trego, who hit the stumps from square leg with a diving throw. A second wicket soon followed off the first ball of Ash Allen’s first over and with Chris Davidson bowling economically from the other end, Weston looked to be in a good position. A stand of 60 then followed between Josh Smith and R Thorpe, before Tahmid Ahmed had Thorpe caught behind for 26. Ahmed (9-0-45-2) soon took a second, but it was Ash Allen who finally removed Smith for 66 in the 38th over. Wickets then fell regularly to Allen (8-1-25-4) and Tom Chambers (8.5-0-29-2) and, despite a stand of 31 for the eighth wicket, Lansdown were all out for 187 in the 47th over. Some questionable decisions from the umpires aided Lansdown in achieving this score, something Weston could do little about.
The Weston innings did not get off to a great start with Fear falling for 2 in the third over. Wickets fell at regular intervals with some outstanding fielding moments from Lansdown, including a sharp caught and bowled from captain Price to remove Trego for 7 and two runs outs to see off Davidson and no. 11 Tom Court. Weston were all out for 91, defeated by 96 runs and taking only 5 points from the match.
Weston will hope for a return to winning ways at home to Bishopston next weekend.
The Forte Financial Man of the Match was Ash Allen for the fourth time in five league matches.
Weston 2nd XI got back to winning ways with a convincing victory over Butleigh 1st XI on Saturday. Weston once again won the toss and batted first, but lost a wicket in the 2nd over, with the Butleigh keeper showing great skill to run out Matt Huxtable when the batsman attempted a quick single. The innings then settled down, as brothers Dom (40) and Fin Mayo (20) put on 67 for the 2nd wicket. It was slow going on a pitch that was underwater two days previously, but the Weston batsman kept battling hard. There was a mini collapse in the middle innings, as Weston slipped to 100-4, but Harry Wiseman (56) batted excellently to register his maiden 2nd team 50, dragging the home team up to 168-9.
Weston came out firing in the 2nd innings, with young U13 Will Crane (2-24) bowling a superb spell to dismiss the two openers. Matt Knight (3-21) also showed great control and skill with the ball in taking his wickets. There were also wickets for Paul Stringer (2-18) and George Bemand (2-28), and Jodie Filer grabbed a wicket at the end to go with a superb catch taken earlier in the innings.
A good victory for the 2nd’s, with 6 players under the age of 19 in the team. Massive thanks to the grounds team who worked tirelessly to get the game on. Forte Financial Man of the Match goes to Harry Wiseman.
Weston 4ths succumbed once again to stronger opposition, this time away to Harptree Villages.
Inserting the home team the Weston bowling was steady rather than threatening and the first wicket didn’t fall until 97 was on the board.
There did follow a furry of wickets and with Harptree 145 for 5 there was the prospect of a contest but an unbroken stand of 81 took Harptree to 226.
There was economical bowling from Jamie Dance, a wicket each for Spike Hawkins and promising debutant George Nuttycombe but the pick was Holly McKLaughlin with three wickets – all bowled.
In reply Weston lost a wicket in the first over and things barely improved. The top scorer was Georgina Goodwin with 20 and a total of 74 was no more than Weston deserved.
The Forte Player of the Match was Holly McLaughlin.
The Weston 5th Academy side (put together to bring through teenagers into adult cricket) performed very well in their first game of their adopted home of Allerton CC with a convincing win over Peasedown-St-John 2nds.
Opening the batting, Luke Richards scored a powerful 112 to help Weston set a challenging 226 off their 40 overs. 14 year old Ollie Thompson and 15 year old Adam Smith both making valuable contributions.
In reply, Lewis Richards (13) took a wicket with his first ball to see off the PSJ dangerman Vowles. PSJ stayed in touch for the next 25 overs until Adam Smith changed the game with 2 wickets in an over to soothe Weston nerves.