Bowlers on top as Weston gain first win

PUBLISHED: 11:05 15 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:16 24 May 2010

Shabil Ahmed, top scored for Weston.

Shabil Ahmed, top scored for Weston.

WESTON entered their first round North Gear WEPL match against Frenchay with apprehension due to early season selection problems for all teams

WESTON entered their first round North Gear WEPL match against Frenchay with apprehension due to early season selection problems for all teams.Matthew Kearsey returned to first team duty to open the batting with Shabil Ahmed with Gary Morgan having won the toss and electing to bat given the supposed threat of rain.Kearsey and Shabil slowly but steadily added runs to the total with an equal distribution of singles and boundaries, until Kearsey was bowled for 18.Good partnerships between Shabil (30) and Gary Morgan (30), and between Morgan and Ed Brown (19) and then Morgan and Harold Booth (9), indicated that a reasonable total was achievable. However despite decent starts no batsman was able to hang around and develop a better total and were completely undone by the bowling of Hall who returned figures of 7-35.Briefly, Luke Parfitt and Jalal Ahmed were able to add to the score and thankfully the tail were able to hold out until the final over but extras (37) out shone all the batsmen, and were gratefully accepted by the Weston players as they were bowled out for 172.In reply, it took until the 10th over for the first breakthrough by the Weston bowlers as Frenchay looked to be cruising to victory when Tom Main (3-29) bagged both openers to bowl a wicket maiden, the first caught by Parfitt and the second caught by Shabil.Frenchay were on 27-2 and three overs later they were 31-3 as Parfitt recorded his first wicket for Weston. It took until the 20th over for another wicket to fall as South African Dannhauser and Welshman Van Der Weyer looked rather comfortable at the crease and took a distinct liking to Jalal, although this eventually paid off as they both fell, caught by Morgan and Shabil respectively.The spin bowling combination of Booth and Kearsey (2-22) kept the runs down and produced two wickets as Weston began to edge near to victory until Azhar threatened to rain on the parade hitting a quick-fire 29.Morgan returned to Main and Parfitt (3-24) to finish the job, which they did with vigour bowling out Frenchay for 140 in the 49th over.Man of the match goes jointly to Tom Main and Luke Parfitt for a display of bowling that undoubtedly won the match for Weston despite a number of dropped catches.

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