Saturday league cricket returned with some exciting results across the club, including two tied games
Weston First XI had a tough first game of the season at home against newly promoted North Perrott.
Having won the toss and elected to bowl first, Weston got off to a superb start with Tom Chambers removing Perrott opener Whorlow in the first over. Perrott batted steadily, with four of the next five partnerships in the thirties. Symes played a captain’s innings at 5, finishing 64 not out, with Henderson getting 36 as North Perrott finished their 50 overs on 211-8. Weston did well in the field, despite a few fumbles, with two good run outs for Jack Press and new player George Cox. Shabel Ahmed was economical with figures of 10-0-28-0 and T Chambers took two good catches. New keeper Will Plummer had a catch and a stumping, the latter off the bowling of Chris Davidson, who finished with figures of 8-1-45-2.
Weston’s innings did not get off to a good start, with Scott Harris falling for a duck in the first over. The batting was slow going with plenty of dots and singles. Shabel Ahmed top scored with 45 off 83 balls and the highest partnership was 39 between Plummer (26 off 62) and Will Whitell (29 off 40). Perrott bowler Whorlow made up for the early loss of his wicket by taking 5-25 as Weston collapsed from 119-5. Tahmid Ahmed finished not out on 12, as Weston were all out for 158, a 53 run defeat and a disappointing start to the season. Weston will hope for better next week as they travel away to Midsomer Norton.
Weston 2nd XI played out an exciting tie with Lympsham & Belvedere on the first league game of the season.
New captain Matt Huxtable won the toss and opted to bowl first. That looked like a poor decision when the two L&B openers came out with attacking intent, as the score reached 71-1 from 11 overs. The introduction of Sam Goodhew (1-24) stemmed the flow, and good spells from Paul Stringer (3-21), Andy Fear (1-50) and in particular Matt Kearsey (4-17) backed that up. L&B finished on 180 all out, with Parsons (41) top scoring.
In reply, Weston lost Andy Fear early on, but there was a good partnership between opener Dominic Mayo (44) and Alex Leeks (31). Mayo battled away for 30 overs, supported by Si Turner (37). Kearsey, Huxtable and Kruz Belcher all got to double figures as Weston closed in on the target, but with 1 needed from the final ball, a run-out meant the game was tied. McCrea (2-35) and Summers (3-25) were the pick of the L&B attack.
Weston should have seen themselves over the line for the, but will take heart from a good all-round performance to start their league season.
The 3rd team travelled to Trull for the opening weekend of the season, and got the season off to a fantastic start with a maximum points victory. Having won the toss and electing to bowl, Jamie Dance (8-1-3-13) and Fin Mayo (9-2-2-22) opened the bowling and got proceedings off to a great start, grabbing 2 wickets apiece from the opening overs. Trull, led by the experienced Jerry Palmer (41), consolidated the innings with the help of Ed Barrett (36), but Weston kept things tight with some superb bowling from Adam Whittock (9-1-1-19) and Ian Smith (9-2-0-30). Some brilliant death bowling from Eoin Austen (3-0-2-12) removed two more batsman, and they were all out for 131.
The run chase got off to a poor start, as Trull removed Fred Bemand (5) and Russ Green (2) cheaply. And things didn’t get much better for the visitors as Chris Pack was then removed for a quickfire 16. It was left to the two u15s to stabilise the innings, and they rebuilt well, putting on a partnership of 44 runs to settle things down. After Eoin Austen (19) was removed, skipper Martyn Chambers (21*) joined John Fleming (49*) to finish the game off, with Martyn scoring the winning runs with a 6 straight back over the bowlers head.
Forte Financial Player of the Match was given to both Jamie Dance and John Fleming, with both producing great performances to get Weston off to a flyer.
The first league game of the year saw Weston 4th team entertain Harptree Villages on a bright but cold afternoon. The away team won the toss and elected to bat first on a pristine grassy wicket.
Weston bowled a tight line limiting the boundary options, and regularly picked up wickets with one each for Jon Mayo, Steve Gough and Dave Howes. The pick of the bowlers was undoubtedly George Bemand, whose off spin brought figures of 3 wickets for 28 from his 8 overs.
At tea the visitors had reached 137 for 6 which seemed a straightforward task but Harptree had the dangerous Harry Stride to open the bowling, Weston’s innings stuttered along in the opening overs with the top order being blown away leaving them 41-6. This brought Bemand to the crease who after his earlier performance with ball showed real grit to bludgeon the ball to all parts steering the home side toward an unlikely victory, Harry Stride (4 for 10) came back into the attack and took the last wicket with the score on 137.
An exciting tie in the first game bodes well for the season and the Forte Financial Player of the Match was undoubtedly George Bemand.