Wins for 1st and 2nd teams, with improvement from 3rd’s and 4th’s – Match reports 19/5/18

1st XI

John Davidson batting for WSM

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.

2nd XI

2nd’s celebrate a wicket (Photo credit: Dave Bickell)
Weston 2nd’s earned their second win of the season at home to Bridgwater on Saturday. Winning the toss, the home team batted first, and got off to their best start of the season thanks to Will Whitell (35) and Luke Morgan (18). However, Their wickets saw a mid innings collapse that left Weston on just 86-5. For the second week in a row Matt Blamire (44) led the rebuild, and with good support from Tahmid Ahmed (33*) they dragged Weston up to a competitive 187-9 from 45 overs.
Matt Knight (6-11-0) kept things tight first up with the ball, and Lauren Filer (5-15-1) took her first 2nd XI wicket with a excellent Yorker to dismiss the opener. The Weston spinners then took over, with Sam Goodhew (2-26) and Tahmid Ahmed (3-23) doing the damage initially, leaving Matt Blamire (5-28) to mop up the rest of the innings in another excellent all round display. Bridgy were all out for 126, giving Weston victory.
Forte Financial Player of the Match goes fo Matt Blamire.
3rd XI
Weston-super-mare 3rds continued their winless start to the season with a 30 run loss to Street 2nds on Saturday at Devonshire Road. With glorious conditions Street won the toss and opted to bat on an excellent track. Street got off to an excellent start with an opening partnership between Martin Wood (70) and Phillip Linter (80) of 144. With the visitors looking at a total of above 300, Weston slowed the run rate and started to take wickets with brilliant controlled bowling in the middle overs from Sam Curley, 9-0-38-1 and 13 year old debutant Will Crane, 8-1-35-0. However the stand out for Weston was Jodie Filer with excellent figures of 9-0-53-3. Street finished their innings on 239-5.
The eaglets began their reply well with Matt Huxtable (25) and Max Brown (30) reaching 60 before the loss of the first wicket. Middle order runs from captain Josh Knight (19), Sam Curley (43) and Simon Turner (17) threatened to upset the visitors but the loss of regular wickets pegged Weston back. Jakob Massey impressed again with a counter attacking 24 but the 3rds fell short, losing the final wicket in the final over of the game. A much more promising performance for the 3s with plenty of positives for next week. Forte Financial player of the match goes to Jodie Filer.
4th XI

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.