Comprehesive defeat for seconds
- Credit: Archant
Weston 2nd XI were comprehensively beaten by eight wickets against Bridgwater.
WESTON’S second team were given stark realisation into the step up in standard following last season’s promotion as they went down to a comprehensive eight wicket defeat at home to an outstanding Bridgwater side.
Batting first after winning the toss, Weston soon lost Tom Ford for a duck. Jason Neave (10) was the only member of the top six to make double figures as Ian Higgins (1-10), Chris Singleton (1-12) and Scott Clapp (5-13) wreaked havoc.
Only a defiant 35 from Matt Kearsey batting at number seven spared Weston any blushes as they were all out for 111.
In reply, Weston needed early wickets to stand any chance of victory and an early lbw to Tom Main (9-4-18-1) saw a slight opening. With fellow opening bowler Stu Roberts forced out of the attack by injury, Kearsey and the returning Ben Curley toiled away.
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With Tom Pople (45) and Tom Clarke (44 not out) finding the boundary with regularity, victory always looked beyond Weston and so it was to prove as despite Neave (1-1) taking a first-ever league wicket, Bridgwater sailed home with 22 overs in hand to win by eight wickets.
IntouchCRM man of the match was Matt Kearsey.
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THE 3rd XI continued their mini revival, winning their second successive away game, this time away at Cheddar 2nds.
Skipper Tom Dancey lost his first toss of the season and was asked to bat first. The opening pair of Dancey and Harry Wiseman shared their second opening stand of 50 in successive weeks, but Wiseman was out soon after for 17. Mike Lee and Dancey took the score past 100 before drinks, which included Dancey bringing up his first 50 of the season.
Soon after Lee was dismissed for 33 and Dancey was removed for an outstanding 81. Luke Morgan continued his impressive form and made 23, but this was eclipsed by vice-captain Matt Humphrey who blasted an outstanding 49 not out from 22 balls as Weston posted 254-6 from their 45 overs.
Alex Penwill (12-1-49-2) removed both Cheddar openers inside 10 overs. Dan Lomax (8-1-29-2) and Matt Knight (9-1-44-2) both took wickets and Dancey (7-2-19-2) introduced himself and Jon Lawrence (3-1-11-1) into the attack to try and mop up the tail end and both had success despite 57 not out from Dominic Mehlig.
Cheddar reached 200-9 as Weston picked up 34 points and move into a mid-table position.
Intouch CRM man of the match went to Tom Dancey.
THE 4th XI enjoyed a tied game against their guests Banwell & Churchill 2nds at Priory School.
The away team won the toss and asked Weston to bat first. Opener Josh Knight was the mainstay of the innings with a patient 43, with contributions from Dan Press (21) and John Morgan (29).
Brief cameos from Dominic Mayo (17) and Declan McNulty (20) helped Weston to reach 171-9. For Banwell, John Biggs claimed 5-28.
The Banwell innings got off to a steady start by Caddick (36) and Mike Legg (13) until Weston captain Rhys Crocker (3-25) and Jamie Dance (2-25) knocked the impetus out of the Banwell run chase.
A hard hit 32 by Duncan brought Banwell to within 15 runs of an easy victory with five wickets and over 20 overs left to play.
The game was turned on its head by 15-year-old Georgia Tulip who ripped through the Banwell tail to finish with an impressive 5-15 from her 10 overs.
InTouch CRM player of the match was Georgia Tulip.
WESTON’S Sunday League XI recorded a comfortable home victory against Beckington.
Batting first, Weston amassed a season’s best 255-7 centered around a personal best from Ashley Allen. With further support from Dan Press (48) and Matt Kearsey (58), Allen peppered the boundary with regularity until one big hit too many saw him caught for 81, one of four victims for Ben Lonie (4-44) who was the pick of the visiting attack.
Such a large total saw a chance for a number of the clubs promising youngsters take the leading light. Charlie Beddington (5-1-16-2) and Tom Chambers (5-2-13-1) made early inroads.
Further wickets fell to Aaron Hawkins (6-1-28-3), Josh Skuse (3-1-8-1) and Kearsey (0.3-0-0-1) as Beckington were bowled out for 100, leaving Weston victorious by 155 runs.
IntouchCRM man of the match went to Ashley Allen.