Seasiders grind out another victory to remain top of the table

PUBLISHED: 09:12 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:12 18 August 2017

Chris Davidson bowling for Weston.

Chris Davidson bowling for Weston.

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Weston ground out victory against Wembdon to remain top of the table with just three matches remaining.

Weston first XI ground out victory at home against Wembdon to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Having lost the toss and been put in to bat, the damp outfield played its part at the start of the Weston innings. Nonetheless, the opening partnership of Andrew Fear and Simon Green batted steadily. Fear’s 50 came up off 64 balls and included eight fours, and the pair took Weston to a comfortable 108 for no loss at drinks.

After a run of poor form, Green was going well and was unlucky to be caught on the boundary on 48. Ryan Davies joined Fear at the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking over.

After an initial slow start, Davies accelerated to his 50 off just 46 balls. Fear reached his 100 shortly afterwards with a four. Weston went from 200 to 250 in just 36 balls as Davies got into the groove.

Fear was eventually out for 106, ending a partnership of 135 with Davies at the end of the 45th over. The brought Peter Trego to the crease and some big hitting ensued. Davies brought up his 100 in the last over off just 73 balls and finished 104 not out, including six fours and five sixes and giving Weston an impressive score of 302-2 at the end of their 50 overs.

With both regular opening bowlers Charl Willoughby and Tom Chambers absent, it fell to the Trego brothers to start the second innings. Sam (10-1-27-1) was taken off after one over, so Pete could change ends, giving Chris Davidson the Stanhope Road end.

Pete Trego struck in the sixth over to remove Stone. Runs came slowly for Wembdon after that. It was the introduction of Ash Allen (10-0-41-2) in the 12th over that changed the game.

He struck with the first ball of both the 18th and 20th overs. Despite Pete (10-0-26-3) taking two more wickets in the 24th and 26th overs, Wembdon refused to crumble.

They dug in and continued to bat slowly and steadily, with Billy Vickery dropped twice by Allen, reaching his fifty in the 42nd over off 61 balls.

He was run out for 57 in the 45th over following a great throw from Pete and some superb work by keeper John Davidson.

Just as Wembdon looked set to see the overs out, wickets started to tumble, with Henry run out for 25 off 65 balls in the 45th over and two wickets falling in three balls in the next three overs.

In addition to his 10 overs of tight bowling, Chris Davidson took his third and best catch of the day to end the innings with a ball to spare, giving Weston victory by 135 runs and maximum points.

Forte Financial man of the match went to veteran Andy Fear for his excellent century enabling Weston to post such a formidable total. Ryan Davies innings was high quality also and deserves special mention.

With three games remaining Weston are in pole position to take the title and gain promotion to Premier 2. On Saturday they are away to Temple Cloud.

Weston

S Green c James-Stone b Bingham 48

A Fear c Rees b Hubbard 106

R Davies not out 104

P Trego not out 25

Extras 19

Total (2 wkts) 302

Wembdon

D Bingham b Allen 19

J Stone c Ahmed b P Trego 5

T Brooks lbw S Trego 7

J Brockwell b Allen 4

L Pigden c Davies b P Trego 20

B Vickery run out 57

B Pope c S Trego b P Trego 2

J Henry c C Davidson b Ahmed 25

D James-Stone c C Davidson b Howes 4

A Rees c C Davidson b Howes 2

M Hubbard not out 7

Extras 15

Total 167

Bowling: P Trego 10-0-26-3; S Trego 10-1-27-1; C Davidson 10-1-20-0; A Allen 10-0-41-2; P Howes 5.5-0-42-2; S Ahmed 4-0-7-1.

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