Rain spoils evenly-poised encounter for Weston

PUBLISHED: 09:27 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:27 03 August 2018

Chris Davidson bowling for Weston.

Chris Davidson bowling for Weston.

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Weston’s match with Midsomer Norton was ended by the rain, with the match evenly-poised.

Weston First XI’s match away at Midsomer Norton was abandoned before the end of the first innings due to heavy rain.

Weston won the toss and with rain forecast, elected to bowl first. The start of the match was delayed briefly by a shower shortly before the scheduled start time.

This may have affected the way the pitch played, with the scoring rate from Midsomer Norton’s openers Lear and Cox being slow. Last week’s man of the match, Alex Leeks (7-0-20-1), struck in the eighth over to remove Cox for 14.

Chris Davidson (6-0-25-2), coming on as the first change bowler, then removed Norton’s overseas player Gunathilaka for 13 and M Cox for 10 either side of a brief rain interruption. The introduction of Shabel Ahmed saw the fall of the fourth wicket with the score on 97.

Captain Pang built a partnership of 54 with Lear, who batted steadily to bring up his 50 off 105 balls. Ahmed removed both batsmen, Pang for 40 off 40 balls courtesy of a catch in the deep from Ash Allen, and Lear lbw for 63, to finish with figures of 9-1-30-3.

Three balls after Lear’s wicket fell and with the score on 174-6, the rain came down in earnest and play was suspended shortly after 3.30pm. After almost an hour of rain, the sun came out and play looked likely to be able to resume in a reduced format.

However, another shower put paid to that idea and the match was officially abandoned shortly after 5pm.

This abandonment gave Weston nine points to Norton’s eight in the mid-table clash. With availability being an issue again, partly due to Pete Trego’s involvement in Somerset’s Vitality Blast campaign, there were some errors in the field by players making the step up from second team cricket, which gave away some boundaries and saw a potential catch go down, but Weston should be pleased on the whole with their bowling performance.

They will look to return to winning ways at home to top of the table Lansdown on Saturday.

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