Weston second edge home by just two runs

PUBLISHED: 09:56 17 June 2016

Weston seconds recorded a narrow victory for the second time in two weeks, this time at Chard.

Weston Seconds travelled to Chard looking to continue their winning start to the season with a much-changed side.

Chard won the toss and chose to bowl on a green wicket. Jack Press soon fell for 11, but Jon Lawrence continued to find the boundary until he was bowled for 32. Sam Curley (27) continued to tick the runs along and was well supported by Matt Knight (23) and other useful contributions down the order, as Weston eventually ended on 185.

Chard’s response started well and it wasn’t until 13-year-old Tahmid Ahmed came into the attack that Weston started to gain control. He bowled Chard’s opener round his legs for his first second team wicket and bowled with good control throughout his nine overs.

With James Holt bowling tightly at the other end, Chard fell behind the run rate, before their number six started to bludgeon the ball to the boundary. Fourteen-year-old Alex Leeks was trusted with the final over and for the second time in two weeks, 10 runs were needed to win.

Accurate bowling and good fielding meant that four runs were needed off the final ball, the batsmen swung hard but failed to connect properly and Chard were only able to scramble two, with Weston winning by two runs.

Forte Financial man of the match was Tahmid Ahmed.

Weston 3rd XI entertained Mark for their first home game for five weeks, looking for an improvement from last week’s loss.

The visitors won the toss and opted to bat first, and made hay in the first 20 overs of their innings, with some wayward bowling and numerous dropped catches from the Weston fielders.

At 107-2, Mark looked well placed to put a big score on the board, but an improvement from Weston restricted them to 184-9 from their 40 overs. Declan McNulty (8-0-25-0) was particularly unlucky not to take a wicket, with Georgia Tulip’s (8-0-38-3) and Fin Mayo’s (8-1-37-5) bowling improving as the innings went on.

With the home team down to nine fit batsmen through injury and unavailability, a good start was essential if they were to chase down the 184 for victory, and openers Dom Mayo (88) and Fred Bemand (60) responded perfectly, putting on 150 for the first wicket in 32 overs.

Bemand, in particular, batted well in registering his first 50 for the club. Despite losing Mayo and Bemand and Fin Mayo soon after, Weston got over the line for an ultimately comfortable seven-wicket victory.

Forte Financial man of the match went to Dom Mayo.

Weston 4th XI travelled to Wedmore 2nd XI where they lost the toss and were asked to bowl first.

Opening bowlers Mati Abed (7-1-15-1) and Bradley Lucas (7-0-33-1) made things hard for the batsmen early on with both bowlers taking an early wicket in their first spells.

The introduction on Bayley Frise (6-0-28-1) in his first senior game was rewarded when his third ball produced a wicket, with Jon Massey taking a great catch.

Terry Horler (8-0-39-2) and Jamie Dance (7-0-35-1) were introduced and continued to restrict the runs initially, however after some big shots from Wedmore and most notably A Stringer (59 not out) the home team finished on 183-6 from their 40 overs.

Weston began the chase well until Chris Pack (10) fell to a fantastic catch in the slips. Dave Howes (18 not out) and Jon Massey (10 not out) took the score to 52-2 from 12 overs when the heavens opened.

This week’s Forte Financial man of the match award went to Bayley Frise.

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