Weston crash heavily to league leaders

PUBLISHED: 09:56 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:56 24 June 2016

Chris Davidson bowling for Weston.

Chris Davidson bowling for Weston.

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Weston crashed to a heavy defeat at league leaders Taunton Deane, going down by 238 runs.

Weston were soundly beaten by league leaders Taunton Deane by 238 runs.

Having won the toss, a Weston team weakened by poor availability elected to bowl first. Deane attacked from the outset, despite some superb bowling from Tom Chambers (7-0-28-2) in partnership with Charl Willoughby.

Despite both of the openers falling relatively early, the Deane No 3, Somerset player Jack Leach, settled into an easy rhythm, bringing up his 50 off 69 balls, having narrowly escaped being run out on 49. He went on to make 72 before being superbly run out by Willoughby.

Some calamitous fielding allowed Deane out of the pressure as Weston missed the simplest of run outs, dropped several catches and made numerous ground fielding errors.

The fall of the sixth wicket brought Jones to the crease, who went after Willoughby’s second spell, before being caught by Chris Davidson on 51 off just 30 balls. Davidson was one of Weston’s only positives in the field, attacking the ball and taking four excellent catches.

After a good first spell coming on to replace the injured Andy Fear, Sam Goodhew came back on to bowl the penultimate over, taking two wickets and conceding just runs runs to finish with figures of 5.3-0-24-3.

Despite the best efforts of the bowlers, Weston were left to rue an unacceptable fielding performance, enabling Deane to reach 292 all out.

With Fear injured, 14-year-old Jack Press opened the batting on his First XI league debut. He was on the defensive from the outset with aggressive bowling from Derham (9-2-22-5) and Mellor (7-1-29-2) as Tom Ford was removed with the score on three, closely followed by Shabel Ahmed, who was run out four balls later.

Press fell in the fifth over, bringing Davidson to the crease. His score of 19 was the highest by any Weston batsman in the match with Goodhew (13 not out) the only other player to reach double figures.

Weston gifted many of their wickets to the Deane field and were all out in just 17 overs for a total of 54.

Weston have much to reflect on before their next fixture at home to Shapwick and Polden on Saturday.

Forte Financial man of the match was Chris Davidson.

TAUNTON DEANE

S Underdown c Davidson b Chambers 8

J Fraser c Howson b Chambers 27

J Leach run out 72

H Thomas c Davidson b Stringer 25

S Shaikh lbw Ahmed 21

A Warren c Davidson b Goodhew 26

K Ford c Davidson b Willoughby 27

R Jones st Howson b Goodhew 51

P Saxby b Goodhew 10

M Derham b Stringer 1

E Mellor not out 0

Extras 24

Total 292

Bowling: C Willoughby 10-0-66-1; T Chambers 7-0-28-2; S Stringer 9.1-0-66-2; C Davidson 3-0-29-0; S Ahmed 10-0-51-1; A Fear 4.3-0-20-0; S Goodhew 5.3-0-24-3.

WESTON

T Ford b Mellor 1

J Press c Thomas b Derham 1

S Ahmed run out 0

J Howson c Underdown b Derham 4

C Davidson c Jones b Mellor 19

J Lambert c Saxby b Derham 1

S Goodhew not out 13

S Stringer lbw Derham 7

C Willoughby c&b Leach 1

T Chambers b Derham 0

A Fear did not bat

Extras 7

Total 54

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