Weston emerge victorious in rain-affected top of the table clash

PUBLISHED: 09:35 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 04 August 2017

Ashley Allen bowling for Weston.

Ashley Allen bowling for Weston.

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Weston came out on top in a rain-affected match against North Perrott in a top of the table clash at Devonshire Road.

Weston faced North Perrott at home in a crucial top of the table clash against the only team to have beaten Weston this season and secured a thrilling victory.

Weston lost the toss and were put in to bat first. With rain threatening from the start of the match, batting was tough going, with only one of the first nine runs coming off the bat.

Frustration set in and Simon Green was caught in the fourth over. Ryan Davies joined captain for the day Andrew Fear at the crease and they built a partnership of 75.

Batting still proved to be tough and the boundary was hard to find, but Davies and Fear worked hard and ran well together. The ball after Fear fell to Gordon Whorlow (10-0-41-4) for 22, Davies was adjudged lbw on 45.

Paddy Howes contributed just one scoring shot from the 17 balls he faced, leaving Pete Trego and Shabil Ahmed at the crease. Both survived strong appeals for caught behind and a partnership of 104 ensued, with Ahmed hitting 38 and Trego 63 off just 59 balls, including two huge sixes, before Whorlow claimed both scalps.

The two Davidson brothers, Chris and John, fell cheaply as Weston chased crucial batting points.. It was Ashley Allen who got Weston to the 225 needed for maximum points, with a six. When his wicket fell with one ball of the innings remaining and with the score on 225-9, Fear opted to declare rather than give North Perrott the chance to take the final wicket and get maximum bowling points.

North Perrott got off to a flying start, with George Retter hitting Trego for a four and a six, aware of the need to be ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern calculations with the threat of rain becoming imminent.

Tight bowling from Charl Willoughby (7-2-16-1) and the loss of opener Retter, caught by Davies off the bowling of Willoughby for 18 in the fifth over, pinned Perrott back.

Rain started to fall in the 12th over, but play continued in increasingly slippery conditions with 20 overs needed to constitute a match. With one wicket down, North Perrott needed to reach a DLS par score of 60 by the end of the 19th over and looked on course to achieve this, with Whorlow and Troy Johnson scoring well to take them to 53-1 at 15 overs.

It was Allen who made the breakthrough, tempting Johnson to drive at the ball and he was caught by Chris Davidson after a bit of juggling. When John Davidson caught Symes off the bowling of Trego for a golden duck, the DLS par score shot up and when play was eventually halted at the end of the 23rd over, North Perrott were nine runs short of the DLS target leaving Weston victors.

This was a hard-fought and hugely important win over Weston’s only real promotion rivals on a day where the weather made it hard work. Everyone contributed to this victory which puts Weston 21 points clear at the top of the table and the Forte Financial man of the match went to Pete Trego.

Weston

S Green c Retter b Eckland 0

A Fear c Retter b Whorlow 22

R Davies lbw Whorlow 45

P Trego c Ireland b Whorlow 63

P Howes c Symes b Johnson 3

S Ahmed lbw Whorlow 38

C Davidson lbw Johnson 6

J Davidson lbw Johnson 4

A Allen b Marshall-James 15

C Willoughby not out 1

Extras 28

Total (9 wkts) 225

North Perrott

G Whorlow not out 27

G Retter c Davies b Willoughby 18

T Johnson c C Davidson b Allen 17

J Symes c J Davidson b Trego 0

A Eckland not out 7

Extras 13

Total (3 wkts) 82

Bowling: C Willoughby 7-2-16-1; P Trego 7-1-35-1; T Chambers 1-0-3-0; A Allen 6-0-21-1; P Howes 2-0-5-0.

League table

W L Pts

Weston 12 1 240

North Perrott 11 2 219

Wembdon 7 5 175

Bridgwater 7 5 169

North Petherton 5 6 145

Staplegrove 4 8 133

Chard 4 7 122

Minehead 4 8 116

Temple Cloud 2 8 107

Wellington 3 9 107

This weekend, the season continues as all four sides look to push for their respective leagues. The top of the table 1st XI travel to Bridgwater 2nds (12.30pm start), while the 2nd XI (currently in third place) host Long Sutton on the Main Ground (1.30pm).

The 3rd XI look to cement their top of the league position at home against Burnham 2nds (1.30pm), while the 4ths (also currently in third place) travel to Wembdon (1.30pm). The 5th team also return to action as they host Taunton Deane 5ths at Broadoak School (1.30pm). As always, spectators are welcome at all games.

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