Rain disrupted the final weekend of pre-season games, but there was still some good run-outs for our teams across April
The 1st XI played two pre-season in April, against Congresbury and Taunton St Andrews respectively.
The visitors won the toss and bowled first. Weston openers, 2nd XI Captain Matt Huxtable and debutant Scott Harris, made a good start, putting on a 50 run opening stand. Their wickets were quickly followed by the wicket of Shabel Ahmed, but Chris Davidson and Will Plummer steadied things for a few overs. Plummer mistimed a pull that stuck in the pitch, and his wicket sparked a small collapse, as Kruz Belcher and Davidson followed quickly after. U15 Davis Trego played some good shots against the spinners, and Weston ultimately finished on a respectable 170-7 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Congresbury started well. Tom Chambers was unluckily called for a no-ball after clean bowling the opener, but their was some rusty deliveries that let the batsman move the score along. Yau (45) top scored with Congresbury, with support from Richardson (37) and Storey (30), and despite 3 wickets for Chambers and 2 for Shabel Ahmed, Congresbury got home by 4 wickets in the penultimate over.
Skipper Chris Davidson commented: “Whilst it was a frustrating day overall, i’m pleased that our batters got some time in the middle. It would have been better if one of them had capitalised on a start, but time in the middle is ultimately the most important thing at this stage of the season”.
Against St Andrews, Weston put up a good fight against a strong opposition. Bowling first with two 1st XI debutants, Jamie Dance and Matt Knight, Weston worked hard with the ball throughout. TSA’s strong batting lineup all contributed runs, including 50’s for Cooper and Regan, as they finished on a strong score of 293-7 from their 45 overs. There were wickets for Dance and Knight, as well as Chris Davidson and Tahmid Ahmed.
In reply, Weston made a great effort in chasing down the huge total. Jack Press played some excellent attacking shots of his way to 76 at just under a run a ball in his first innings of the season, and there were good contributions from Shabel Ahmed and Rob Turner. They ultimately finished 40 runs short.
A combined 3rd/4th XI travelled over the road to Uphill Castle, and lost a close game by 4 wickets.
Batting first, Weston batted well throughout, with Martyn Chambers retiring after scoring 50. There were also good contributions from Eoin Austen, John Fleming, Rhys Crocker and Jodie Filer. Weston finished on 193 from their 40 overs.
In reply, there were some good bowling performances from Ian Smith, Holly McLaughlin, Georgia Tulip and Jodie Filer, who all took wickets. Uphill ultimately got home in the 33rd over.
The 5th XI travelled to Allerton for a friendly game at their ‘home’ ground for the season, and a young team applied themselves well on a very windy day.
All the youngsters, some of whom making their first appearance in senior cricket, bowled well first up, including Brad Fawcett, Bobbi-Lee Kingston, Ollie Richards, Ollie Thompson and Lewis Richards. Matt Munday made a welcome return to cricket with a good spell of bowling at end, and Allerton finished on 190-7 from 40 overs.
In reply, Weston struggled, with the youngsters finding adult bowling a challenge. Senior player Ian Smith offered some stability, eventually scoring a good 5o. Young Ollie Richards played some good shots, using his feet well to hit the spinners over the top.
A great game for all players to get opportunities to bat and bowl. Our thanks once again must go to Allerton for playing the fixture in a sporting manner, and for allowing us to once again use their ground as the base for our 5th XI this season.