Seconds denied by the weather
PUBLISHED: 09:34 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 04 August 2017
Weston 2nd XI were denied the chance of a 10th straight victory by the weather at promotion rivals Winscombe.
Weston 2nd XI travelled to promotion rivals Winscombe looking to continue their nine-game unbeaten run and inch above Winscombe in the league table, but were unable to beat the opposition or weather.
Alex Leeks (8-1-24-1) continued his fine season with having dangerous overseas player and league top run scorer Hayes caught by Thamid Ahmed. Wickets began to tumble at regular intervals led by James Holt (9-0-31-3) and a good all-round fielding performance leading Winscombe to posting 159-8 from their 45 overs.
Special mention to skipper Tom Dancey (6-0-19-1) who took three superb catches, including a spectacular caught and bowled.
With a strong batting line-up, the game was heavily in Weston’s favour at 50-2 in the 14th over, however the skies opened and quickly put to bed any chance of a result in the game. Tom Ford (16) and Jack Press (20 not out) top scoring.
Forte Financial man of the match was James Holt.
The 3rd XI had the better of a rain-affected draw at home to Cheddar. The hosts won the toss and batted first, and made a decent start, reaching 26 before Josh Knight was out for seven.
With Dom Mayo (29), Harry Wiseman (41) and Matt Blamire (17) the only batsman to reach double figures andsome handy late order runs from Stu Roberts (9 not out) and Matt Knight (16), took the home team up to a competitive 147-9 from their 40 overs.
Weston exploited the helpful conditions well, with good bowling from Ian Smith (5-2-3-3), Roberts (8-2-29-2), Matt Knight (5-1-10-0) and Blamire (3-0-16-1), backed up by excellent fielding from the whole team in testing weather.
The away team were reduced to 61-6 when the conditions became unplayable, and play was abandoned, leaving Weston with a good 26-point draw.
The result leaves them top, but level on points with second-placed Wedmore, with all to play for in the remaining five games.
Forte Financial man of the match went to Ian Smith.
Travelling to unbeaten top of the table Lympsham and Belvedere, Weston fourths unwisely chose to bat on a wet wicket with the promise of more rain throughout the afternoon.
They were duly skittled out for 47 against some accurate bowling. In many cases they were the victims of their own undoing, with the only bright spot being the 21 scored by youngster Eoin Austin, which included a beautifully struck six. For Lympsham, Neville had the fine figures of 5-9.
In reply, Weston made the home team work hard. After the first over they were 4-2 and although they won comfortably in the end, the five wickets that Weston took certainly worried them.
Lauren Filer was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets and a magnificent run out, and with that was named Forte Financial player of the match.