Weston were swept aside by promotion hopefuls Winterbourne in a day to forget.
Losing the toss and asked to field first, Weston started well bowling tightly and fielding well. Chris Davidson made the initial breakthrough, removing Gloucestershire opener Chris Dent for 19. Slade and James Bracey rebuilt and took the score to 112, before a smart piece of fielding by Shabel Ahmed ran out the Gloucestershire keeper-batsman. At half way, Winterbourne were 125-2. It all went down hill from there, as Slade made his way to an excellent hundred. With Weston still able to keep it to a competitive total, poor fielding and several dropped catches led to the Winterbourne racing in front. In searing heat and on a flat wicket, the bowlers were let down as mistakes crept in. Sam Bracey flew to his century clearing the ropes many times on the way. Alex Leeks (2-40) returned at the death and removed Slade for 148 and Bracey for 137 but the damage had been done as Winterbourne posted 355.
In return, Weston lost Press in the 2nd over before Ahmed (16) was removed thanks to an excellent caught and bowled. Harris followed soon after. Trego had reached 25 before he was adjudged LBW to Dent. A mixture of poor shots and bad luck quickly accounted for the remainder of the line up finishing with just 108, Dent picking up 5 wickets in the process. Winterbourne were helped by some excellent fielding and catching and showed exactly why they are pushing for promotion.
At the half way stage, Weston sit in 6thplace and need a good July to increase the gap between them and the bottom sides. This week Weston travel to North Perrott looking to avenge the home defeat on the opening day of the season.
Weston 2nd’s beat local rivals Uphill on Saturday, strengthening their promotion chances with a 32 point win.
Uphill won the toss and unsurprisingly bowled first given the heat and good batting pitch. Progress was slow, but Weston couldn’t make the breakthrough despite some good bowling.
Spinner Sam Goodhew continued the good work, picking up one wicket for just 21 runs from his 9 overs. There was also wickets for Lauren Filer, Matt Knight, Tom Court and Matt Kearsey, who all kept the pressure on and beat the bat a number of times. Uphill battled their way to 173/7 from 45 overs, with Lloyd (52) top scoring.
In reply, Weston made a horror start, as opener Dom Mayo chipped a catch back to the bowler from the very first ball. But Matt Blamire (25) settled the ship, and the experienced pair of Matt Kearsey (69*) and Andy Fear (70*) knocked off the runs in the 31st over with no real issues.
Another good victory for the 2nd’s, who stay second in the table.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Matt Kearsey.
Weston 3rd team hosted Street in the sun on Saturday. Having lost the toss and being put into bat on a seemingly good batting pitch, Weston were in a confident mood. Opening batsman Russ Green hit his first 50 of the season, playing some some strong shots. Unfortunately for him, the limelight was stolen by U15 John Fleming, who made his first 100 in senior cricket and put Weston in a commanding position with some glorious shots – bludgeoning the Street bowling attack to all parts of the ground. Weston went to tea having finished on 218-9.
The Street innings could not have gotten off to a better start for the hosts, as some tight bowling from Jamie Dance and Georgia Tulip kept Street well behind the required rate early on, with Tulip picking up the first 2 wickets. In truth, Street never really looked interested in trying to chase Westons score, with only Ben Trotman managing to find the boundary with any real ease, When he fell for 35 to leg spinner Adam Whittock, the game was all but over, as Street shut up shop. Jodie Filer chipping in with 3 wickets late on for the home side as they picked up a 32 point victory, winning by 61 runs. Forte Financial Player of the Match went unsurprisingly to John Fleming with hopefully his first of many hundreds for Weston
Weston 5th team earned their first playing win of the season on Sunday, beating Mark by just 1 run in an exciting finish.
Mark chose to field having won the toss, but the experience of Paul Bird and Mike Lee helped Weston post a competitive score of 213/6. Bird scoring an excellent 114*, with Lee scoring 36.
If the older players led the way with the bat, it was the youth players who performed with the ball.
U15 Ethan Carson took 3 wickets, whilst U13’s Brad Fawcett, Will Ollerenshaw, Alice Bird and Bobbi-Lee Kingston all bowled well, with Ollerenshaw picking up a wicket. With Mark needing 13 from the last two overs to win, up stepped Alice and Bobbi, who bowled two great overs to see Weston home by 1 run.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes to Paul Bird.