Alex takes out the top order
PUBLISHED: 09:15 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 July 2017
Weston 2nd XI opening bowler Alex Penwell ripped through the Purnell top order to help his side to a emphatic victory.
Weston 2nd XI travelled to Purnell, looking for retribution after a heavy defeat on the opening day of the season.
Weston openers Tom Ford and Jack Press quickly raced to 70 inside 14 overs. Press was unlucky to be bowled for a well-made 35 and Ford (47) quickly followed. This brought Will Whitell and Matt Kearsey together and both took the attack to Purnell punishing anything loose.
Unfortunately Kearsey was removed by a smart catch on the boundary for a quick fire 19. Two more wickets fell in quick succession, but Dancey and Whitell (70 not out) quickly put on more than a 100 inside 10 overs and with Dancey (45) taking 18 off of the last over of the innings, Weston posted an excellent 283-5 from their 45 overs.
Opening bowler Sam Curley bowled with accuracy and was unlucky to not pick up both openers. This however fired up fellow opener Alex Penwell (5-38), who ripped through the top order.
The introduction of the Weston spinners (Kearsey, Tahmid Ahmed and Sam Goodhew saw wickets fall regularly and apart from the obdurate Francis, who batted for 30 overs for 22 runs, Purnell finished on 158 from their 45 overs.
Forte Financial man of the match award went to Alex Penwell.
The third team went away to their Shapwick & Polden counterparts and came home with 34 points and a spot at the top of Division 6.
Winning the toss and batting first on an artificial pitch, Weston made a poor start when both openers were out early, and continued to struggle up to the drinks break, reaching 70-5, with only Josh Knight (37) managing to get going.
After drinks, the lower order battled well, with Rhys Crocker (38 not out) and Matt Knight (48) both making the most of some wayward bowling, and Weston finished on a decent score of 181-8.
The first 10 overs of Weston’s bowling innings was poor, with dropped catches giving Shapwick an easy start. At 50-0, they looked ideally placed to chase down the score.
However, George Bemand (4-32) took the first of his wickets in the 14th over, and in the next over Georgia Tulip (5-23) took a magnificent hat-tick to leave the home team reeling at 70-4.
The two bowlers continued their great spells, with captain Dom Mayo weighing in with a wicket at the end to bowl Shapwick out for 112.
Forte Financial man of the match was Georgia Tulip.
The fourths winning streak came to a shuddering halt with a seven-wicket defeat at home to Purnell 2nds.
Batting first, Weston started and finished quite brightly, but with a middle order collapse only managed 135. Top scorer was opener Russell Green with 29 and down the order, Justin Turner hit a couple of big sixes in his 19.
In reply, Purnell stumbled to 18-2 courtesy of a wicket in the opening over to Lauren Filer and then a magnificent diving catch from sister Jodie off the bowling of Turner, but thereafter made comfortable progress to rein in the modest target.
Weston were not helped by a hand injury to Ash Ramteke in taking a caught and bowled chance, but in truth Purnell were much the better team on the day.
Forte Financial man of the match went to Justin Turner.