Weston seconds fall well short at Long Sutton

PUBLISHED: 12:33 01 June 2018

Matt Knight bowling for Weston.

Matt Knight bowling for Weston.

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Weston 2nd XI fell 67 runs short in their run chase at Long Sutton, with Simon Turner top scoring with 40.

Weston 2nd XI had the task of taking the long trip to Long Sutton on the bank holiday weekend.

Having made it in time, the visitors won the toss and opted to bowl first with the conditions offering plenty of help. Tom Court (4-27) bowled a great opening spell, reducing Sutton to 20-3.

They recovered well throughout the innings as the heat sapped the Weston bowlers’ energy, but the players worked hard. Jodie Filer (1-27) bowled well on her second team debut, taking a wicket and keeping things tight in the middle overs.

Two Sutton batsmen played particularly well - Edwards (93 not out) and Sparrow (50) and they finished on a good score of 206-7.

Weston had a terrible start to their innings, losing three early wickets to leave them at 9-3. A good recovery from Si Turner (40) and Matt Knight (22) gave them hope, but their wickets sparked a tame end, and Weston finished well short, losing by 67 runs.

Player of the match went to Tom Court.

The thirds suffered another heavy defeat, going down by eight wickets to Hardington and West Coker.

They won the toss and batted first, but a young team struggled throughout on a difficult pitch, with captain Josh Knight (29) the only one to offer resistance, as Weston were all out for 80.

H&WC chased the target down easily to win by eight wickets. With a vast amount of last season’s promotion winning team unavailable to play, the youngsters have been asked to step up and have battled well despite the losses so far.

Man of the match was Josh Knight.

Weston 4th XI welcomed unbeaten Butleigh 2nds to the East Ground and asked them to bat first under cloudy conditions.

Despite an accurate and aggressive opening spell by new captain Jamie Dance and Ryan Latham, the visitors raced to 97 until the introduction of Terry Horler’s slow spin resulted in the wicket of Burroughs for 53. Under-15 player Sid Rai then claimed the prize scalp of Seth Higgins for 68.

Wickets fell regularly but the runs flowed as Butleigh reached 234 all out.

Rai, Dance and veteran Sam Curley claimed two wickets each, but the highlight was an all-round fielding display with catches from Jon Mayo, Holly McLaughlin and Adam Smith.

Weston’s reply started strongly with starts for the first five batsmen, but no-one was able to go on and to a big score. Smith, Rai, Chambers and Mayo all reached double figures, but some tight bowling from the visitors and poor shot selections curtailed Weston’s score to 103 all out with Curley top scoring with 18.

Forte Financial player of the match was Sam Curley.

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