Robin stars in Seasiders victory
PUBLISHED: 12:03 22 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:19 24 May 2010
WESTON First XI recorded their second victory of the North Gear WEPL League campaign with a surprise victory over Taunton Deane.
WESTON First XI recorded their second victory of the North Gear WEPL League campaign with a surprise victory over Taunton Deane. Captain Gary Morgan won the toss and elected to field in the hope the bowlers would carry on their good form from the previous week.Luke Parfitt (1-48) and Tom Main (1-20) are proving to be one of the most useful opening bowling partnerships of recent years and restricted Taunton Deane openers to just 39 runs from the first 15 overs, at which point Parfitt recorded his only match wicket, Hudd leg before for 21. Main was devastating in that his first four overs were all maidens, however he never looked particularly threatening, and the fielders failed to capitalise for him when he did threaten.The introduction of the new overseas signing Robin d'Souza produced dividends as he proved to be in fine bowling form, ripping through the middle order finishing with five wickets, including that of the Somerset contracted Rob Woodman, for 37. He also demonstrated his skill in the covers, saving valuable runs and taking a difficult diving catch to his left to remove Lewis who was starting to look in good form, giving Harold Booth the second of his two wickets.In fact the combination of d'Souza and Booth produced six wickets for 30 runs, and severely restricted the Taunton Deane total. Keeper Jones however was able to make things a little more respectable with a quick-fire 32, having ungraciously despatched Parfitt for 15 in his last over. Main finished off the proceedings, bowling Jones with the last ball of the innings giving Weston maximum bowling points again. With Weston left to chase 159 for victory d'Souza (26) started as he hopefully means to continue, literally smashing a run a ball until cramp got the better of him and he holed out to mid-on. Morgan once again led by shining example with a fine 56 before unfortunately being run out backing up, the second time it has happened in three matches.Morgan's dismissal coincided with the miserly spell of bowling by Phil Saxby (15-7-27-2) that saw four wickets fall for five runs and Shabil become bogged down by dot balls. Taunton Deane mentally began to gain the upper hand but with plenty of overs and wickets in hand the win was most definitely within Weston's grasp. Parfitt came to the crease with Weston needing 30 runs to win and hit out, pushing the fielders on to the boundary to allow him and Shabil to steal some quick singles and take the momentum back. Shabil hit the winning runs in the 46th over to notch up his half century and Parfitt finished with a valuable 16 not out, a knock that undoubtedly upped the team's confidence and pushed the win.Man of the match though definitely has to go the Robin d'Souza for an exceptional all-round display of cricket in his first run out for the club.