Weston gain maximum points to remain unbeaten at home
PUBLISHED: 09:37 01 September 2017
Weston gained maximum points at home to Chard and remain favourites to clinch promotion with just one match remaining.
In their last home match of the season, Weston cruised to a maximum point victory over relegation threatened Chard, leaving the team unbeaten on their home ground for the season.
Weston won the toss and elected to bat, but the Chard opening bowlers made life tough for Simon Green and Andrew Fear until Green went on the offensive in fourth over, hitting a four and then a six off John Scott.
However, he lost his wicket for 20 runs only three overs later. Fear showed how well Chard were exploiting the wicket, taking 15 balls to get off the mark and falling for just 15.
Pete Trego put on a partnership of 43 with Ryan Davies before being caught behind for 15, but it was Davies who was the star of the show as he built quick partnerships of 70 with Paddy Howes (38 off 39 balls) and 50 with Chris Davidson, who was stumped on 49 with just three balls remaining before the declaration cut off.
Davies batted fluently, hitting 11 fours and five sixes as he cruised to his second century in as many league matches for Weston. His 100 came up off just 85 balls, but he was caught off the bowling of Chris Scott (10-1-60-3) in the next over for 105.
Weston were in a commanding position and declared on 275-8 in the 45th over, the declaration meaning that they could get two bonus points should they go on to win the match.
Chard also got off to a slow start, struggling to get bat on ball as Charl Willoughby and Trego bowled superb lines. Scott fell first, one of three Chard batsmen to be bowled out by Trego (8-1-20-3) and Chard’s overseas player, Micale, followed soon after caught superbly by sub fielder Sam Trego off the bowling of Willoughby.
Moxon and Johnson offered some resistance, but the introduction into the bowling attack of Tom Chambers in partnership with Ash Allen changed the face of the game.
Both struck regularly and with the help of some great catches in the field, reduced Chard from 33-2 to 59-8. Chambers finished the day with figures of 7-0-16-3 and Allen with 9-3-14-3.
Peter Trego returned to the attack to end Chard’s innings with a double wicket maiden, leaving them all out for 59 and giving Weston victory by a massive 216 runs.
The declaration and the fact that they bowled Chard out for less than 120 meant that Weston claimed four extra bonus points, giving them a maximum 24 points from the match.
All eyes then turned to the North Perrott game and there were cheers of delight when they only gained 22 points from their match against Temple Cloud. This means that Weston go into the last match of the season, away at North Petherton, with a nine-point lead over North Perrott.
A win at Petherton should see Weston crowned as league champions and promoted back into WEPL Premier 2 next season. Supporters would be more than welcome at North Petherton on Saturday.
At the end of the First XI’s last home game of the season, thanks must be given to Weston’s groundsman, Hugh Hockey, who is retiring at the end of this season. Weston shall miss him a great deal and would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his work over the past few seasons.
The Forte Financial man of the match was awarded to Ryan Davies for his brilliant hundred.
S Green b R Scott 20
A Fear lbw C Scott 15
R Davies c J Scott b R Scott 105
P Trego c Warren b C Scott 15
P Howes c Balch b Johnson 38
C Davidson st Warren b Moxom 49
A Allen c&b C Scott 2
S Ahmed b R Scott 7
R Turner not out 6
C Willoughby not out 1
Total (8 wkts) 275
N Johnson c Turner b Chambers 14
J Scott b Trego 6
M Micale c sub b Willoughby 3
P Moxom lbw Allen 8
C Scott c Trego b Chambers 2
T Shire b Chambers 2
T Balch c Ahmed b Allen 1
N Warren c C Davidson b Allen 6
F Lewis b Trego 6
J Draper not out 0
R Scott b Trego 0
Bowling: C Willoughby 6-3-8-1; P Trego 8-1-20-3; A Allen 9-3-14-3; T Chambers 7-0-16-3.