Seconds slip to heavy defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:13 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:13 27 June 2014

Weston seconds suffered the same fate as the 1st XI, slipping to a heavy defeat.

WESTON 2nd XI fared little better than the firsts, also going down to a heavy defeat to an excellent Bridgwater side.

Weston won the toss and elected to bowl and made a solid start as Tom Main (9-2-29-1) removed visiting captain Scott Sealey for 10. Weston continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals through Paul Stringer (5-0-23-2), Jalal Ahmed (9-1-30-3) and Matt Blamire (9-0-33-1).

However, with solid contributions from Ben Coombes (55) and Andrew Skidmore (42 not out), along with support from the lower order, the visitors managed 195-7.

In reply, Weston never got started in the face of Ian Higgins, who removed Ahmed (15) and Simon Turner (2). Carl Fletcher (5), Stringer (3), Sam Curley (6), Blamire (0) and Jon Lawrence (7) all failed, falling to the combination of Matt and Ed Habberfield.

Tom Ford (27) was the only batsman to reach double figures as Weston were all out for just 86, soundly beaten by the best side they have faced this season.

InTouchCRM man of the match was Jalal Ahmed.

WITH two league games over the weekend, Weston 3rds were hopeful of picking up wins, but they lost both games.

Saturday saw the season’s longest trip to Hardington and West Coker. Skipper Tom Dancey lost his first toss of the season and Weston were asked to field first.

With contributions through the home sides order, led from the front by Brooks’s 62, Weston were pleased to keep the home side to 184-7.

Three Harry Wiseman catches amongst a good bowling display, most notably from Stu Roberts (12-6-16-2), Josh Plaister (10-0-35-1) and Dancey (5-0-15-2), gave Weston hope they could chase their target.

Any hope was to prove short lived as the Hardington attack ran through the Weston top order as the opening pair of White (12-6-14-4) and Knibbs (12-3-38-3) accounted for the first seven Weston batsmen.

With just Wiseman (13), Ben Dancey (24) and Dan Lomax (11) making double figures, as Weston were all out for a paltry 81.

InTouchCRM man of the match went to Stu Roberts.

Sunday saw the 3rds face top of the table Trull. After losing the toss, Weston were inserted to bat.

Weston lost wickets at regular intervals, but thanks to Ben Dancey (23) and Jon Lawrence (36), managed to get the score to a respectable 144-9.

With a low but competitive total, Weston got a good start with opening pair Stu Roberts (12-0-31-1) and Anthony Cassidy (12-5-28-3) beating the bat on numerous occasions.

With excellent fielding and brilliant bowling, Weston took wickets at regular intervals. With Trull six down, Trull still needed 45 runs from 10 overs. However, skipper Parsons (37 not out) and Lake (8 not out) finished the game in the final over. IntouchCRM man of the match was Anthony Cassidy

WESTON’S young 4th XI welcomed neighbours and rivals Uphill Castle to the East Ground on a hot day.

Winning the toss, Weston’s captain Jon Mayo opted to bat first. Losing opener Jack Press (1), Mayo (43) and Josh Skuse (34) took the score to 93-1, but a poor run out of Mayo and Skuse dismissed shortly after, Weston began to struggle.

Jamie Dance (23) and Tom Bailey (14) added useful runs as Weston finished on 162-9. Pick of the Uphill bowlers was Hallam Bickell with 4-38 off his 12 overs.

In reply, the experienced Uphill line-up saw Pete Sloman (58) leading the team towards the total. When Uphill’s opening bowler George Kimmins (34) smashed quick runs, it looked like an early finish was on the cards.

With Sloman eventually out off a smart catch at point, it was left to Paul Kuht (23 not out) to get Uphill over the line, winning by one wicket in an enjoyable match.

Wickets for Weston were shared out with three for Horler, two for Tulip and Crocker and one each for Dance and Munday.

InTouchCRM man of the match went to Terry Horler.

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