Comfortable victory for seconds

Weston seconds defeated Goatacre by a comfortable margin of 101 runs.

WESTON seconds made the long trip to Goatacre looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s defeat to Cheltenham.

After losing the toss and being put into bat Jon Lawrence and Tom Ford put on 111 for the first wicket before Lawrence was unfortunately run out for 43. Ford went on to 55 before Sam Curley came to the crease.

A free-flowing batting masterclass saw him hit an unbeaten 90, which included eight fours and seven sixes while putting on an unbroken stand of 102 with Tom Dancey (34 not out).

This, combined with some loose bowling from Goatacre (56 extras including 43 wides), saw Weston reach 309-5 off their 45.

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Goatacre, struggled against the powerful bowling attack of Tom Court and Tom Chambers (6-1-20-1). Nevertheless, their opener got to 53 before being superbly caught by Dancey.

A spell of brilliant bowling from Matt Blamire (6-1-33-3), just back from England duty, in partnership with Dancey (8-0-35-2), saw the Goatacre batting line-up crumble.

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Some sharp fielding, including two catches from Luke Morgan and a caught behind and a stumping from Ford, saw Goatacre all out for 208, despite some late resistance from Chapman (48).

Forte Financial man of the match was Sam Curley.

The Falcons finally broke their duck with a comfortable victory against Lydford.

Lydford got away to a good start with the bat and moved along nicely to 60 without loss. It was at this point that the game changed dramatically. Ricky Bissex intimidated the batsmen with some fiery bouncers, while Wilf Huxtable stuck to a more conventional line and length and was the pick of the bowlers (5-19).

Lydford were suddenly 66-6 and looking in real trouble. Some lusty blows down the order had Weston worried, but the return of Matt Knight and persistence from Dan Henry, the home side heading for tea with only 106 on the board.

Weston decided to move Max Brown up the order to play the role of pinch hitter in an attempt to put Lydford on the back foot.

This worked to perfection as he raced to 21 before attempting one too many heaves to the leg side, while Jack Press remained steady when wickets started to fall around him.

With Weston looking like they might throw it away again, Huxtable and Aaron Hawkins managed to knock off the remaining runs with consummate ease.

Forte Financial man of the match went to Wilf Huxtable.

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