Seasiders secure comprehensive victory at Bridgwater

PUBLISHED: 10:38 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 11 August 2017

Charl Willoughby bowling for Weston.

Charl Willoughby bowling for Weston.

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Weston returned from Bridgwater with a comprehensive 82-run victory to keep up their promotion push.

Weston First XI secured another comprehensive victory by 82 runs away to Bridgwater Second XI at the weekend.

With the start delayed by half an hour due to a wet outfield caused by a torrential downpour earlier in the day, the match was reduced to 46 overs a side.

Batting was tough for the opening partnership of Simon Green and Andrew Fear, with only four runs on the board when Green fell for a duck in the eighth over.

Shabel Ahmed joined Fear at the crease and built a partnership of 84 runs over the next 19 overs. Fear was run out for 39 and Peter Trego soon followed. Paddy Howes and Chris Davidson made double figures before Ash Allen contributed with an outstanding cameo performance batting at seven.

His 41 was off just 23 balls and included four huge sixes, one immediately after a no ball beamer pinned him painfully on the forearm. This put Weston in a strong position finishing on 194-6. Ahmed finished on 74 not out off 112 balls, having played a steady innings, continuing his excellent run of form.

Bridgwater got off to a quick start, before Trego (7-2-21-2) struck first, removing Court for eight. After that, wickets fell regularly to all of the bowling attack with only four of the Bridgwater players making it into double figures.

Howes achieved figures of 8-3-23-2 and Allen 6-0-20-2 as the spin twins took advantage of a good track for bowling. Tom Chambers also bowled a great spell and was the other wicket taker.

Chris Davidson took two catches and put his body on the line making some impressive stops in the field. It was Charl Willoughby (9.3-1-30-3) who took the last wicket, leaving Bridgwater 112 all out.

This secured two bonus points for Weston, maintaining their lead at the top of the table. With only one team promoted, Weston go into the final four matches of the season with their destiny very much in their own hands.

Forte Financial man of the match is shared between two players. Shabel Ahmed for his innings of 74 not out, holding the Weston innings together and Ash Allen for his quick fire 41 along with two wickets.

Weston

S Green b Clapp 0

A Fear run out 39

S Ahmed not out 74

P Trego c Pople b Habberfield 0

P Howes lbw Skidmore 10

C Davidson b Habberfield 11

A Allen c Coombes b Roberts 41

R Turner not out 0

Extras 19

Total (6 wkts) 194

Bridgwater

D Court c J Davidson b Trego 8

S Clapp c J Davidson b Willoughby 16

J Vickery c C Davidson b Allen 5

B Coombes b Willoughby 11

T Bellinger lbw Chambers 5

A Skidmore lbw Howes 9

E Habberfield lbw Allen 11

A Roberts not out 23

T Pople b Trego 8

M Habberfield c C Davidson b Howes 2

I Higgins b Willoughby 3

Extras 9

Total 112

Bowling: C Willoughby 9.3-1-31-3; P Trego 7-2-21-2; T Chambers 4-1-16-1; A Allen 6-0-20-2; P Howes 8-3-22-2.

League table

W D Pts

Weston 13 1 260

North Perrott 12 2 239

Wembdon 8 5 192

Bridgwater 7 6 172

North Petherton 6 6 160

Staplegrove 4 9 141

Minehead 5 8 133

Chard 4 8 129

Temple Cloud 2 9 112

Wellington 3 10 112

This coming weekend sees another pivotal week of league action. The first team host Wembdon as they look to further secure their position at the top of the table.

The seconds are without a game, while both the 3rds and 4ths are both away from home, visiting Leigh-on-Mendip and Cranmore respectively. The 5th team complete the weekend fixtures when they host Shapwick & Polden on the East Ground.

The following Tuesday (August 15) Weston entertain a Somerset XI for James Hildreth’s testimonial year, gates open at 4pm and the game starts at 5.15pm.

Entry is charged at £5 for adults and £2 for children with proceeds going to the James Hildreth benefit fund and a number of local and national charities.

This is the latest in a series of benefit games that the club have hosted for Somerset stars, all of which have been excellent events and well worth coming down to watch.

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