Weston First XI achieved a stunning victory away at Taunton Deane at the weekend, leaving them unbeaten so far this season with three wins out of three.
Winning the toss for the third week in a row, Weston elected to bowl first, and this looked to be the wrong decision as the openers put on a stand of 47 for the first wicket despite some accurate fast bowling from Charl Willoughby (0-26) and Somerset’s Paul van Meekeren. It was an inspired bowling change by captain Rob Turner that broke the partnership, with Tom Chambers (1-37) striking in his second over and Ash Allen removing the next batsman in his first over. It was Allen yet again who changed the game, taking wickets at regular intervals during his spell to take his first five wicket haul for the First XI with figures of 10-1-34-5. van Meekeren (9-0-40-3) helped to clean up the tail, with Shabel Ahmed (1-31) taking the last wicket in the 41st over to leave Deane 163 all out.
Set an achievable target, Weston got off to a positive start, with Ahmed and Jack Press hitting impressive boundaries in their first overs. Both lost their wickets in the first 10 overs to bring Ben Gully and Chris Davidson to the crease. Gully batted well, but was out for 15. Jamie Howson, playing his first match of the season hit a quick fire 15, but it was Davidson who was the star of the innings as wickets tumbled around him before John Davidson shared a partnership of 45 batting patiently for the second week in a row. Chris Davidson was finally dismissed after batting for almost two hours for his 77 from 90 balls requiring only 4 runs for victory. Ash Allen followed his superb bowling performance by hitting the winning runs with ten overs remaining giving Weston a two wicket victory and 18 points.
While Chris Davidson’s batting performance cannot be praised enough, it is Ashley Allen who is awarded Forte Financial Man of the Match for the third week in a row, his figures this season currently stand at 12-60 and has also just achieved a 400 wicket milestone for the club.
Weston will look to continue this form at home to Midsomer Norton next Saturday, a win will see them unbeaten in the league for an entire calendar year, their only loss in this period was during the benefit game against Somerset last August.
Next Sunday sees a number of ex-international cricketers including several Ashes winners playing for the Lashings World XI against Weston. Admission is just £3 on the gate for adults, and fee entry for kids. The two games coincide with the annual beer and cider festival, where there are over 30 beer and ciders available to sample. This is open all weekend and entry is included in the entry price for the Lashings game on the Sunday. Gates open at 11 for both games.
Weston are still looking for their first win of the season having come off second best away to local rivals Uphill Castle. Having been asked to bat the home side made 180 for 9 with several batsmen contributing but nobody making a significant score. For Weston Justin Turner took five wickets , four of them bowled, Rhys Crocker two and Terry Horler and Bayley Frise one each. Crocker’s and Horler’s combined 16 overs went for a total of 34 runs and at tea the game was in the balance.
Weston’s batting was built around the in form Chris Pack who made 42 well supported by Russ Green and Rhys Crocker but too many batsmen played loose shots and in the end a total of 142 was disappointing.
The Forte Player of the Match was Justin Turner.