Weston seconds slip into relegation trouble

PUBLISHED: 09:26 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 03 August 2018

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Weston seconds lost by eight wickets to Long Sutton, putting them into a relegation dogfight.

Weston 2nd XI slipped further into relegation trouble with a chastening defeat at home to Long Sutton.

The visitors won the toss and bowled, but Weston battled hard, reaching 60-2 at the first drinks break. This was a good platform, but it was wasted by the middle order, who all fell cheaply, as the home team subsided to just 117 all out.

In reply, a good opening spell by young Will Crane should have been rewarded by more than one wicket and spinner Jodie Filer again bowled well, but Sutton knocked the runs off easily in the end to win by eight wickets.

The third team got a crucial win in the relegation battle, beating Hardington & West Coker at home by 187 runs and climbing out of the drop zone in the process.

With skipper Josh Knight stuck in traffic, deputy and brother Matt lost the toss and Weston were put into bat.

Chris Pack and Martyn Chambers (22) put on 51 for the first wicket with some excellent shots before Chambers fell. Josh Knight and Pack set about pushing the total up for Weston with Knight quickly passing 50 and Pack not long behind.

Pack batted brilliantly for his maiden third team 50, showing great composure and shot selection before he was eventually dismissed for 61.

Knight and Pack also completed another milestone putting on 114 for the second wicket. Josh Knight was joined by brother Matt who quickly fell for two before Chris Fawcett (28) provided excellent support to Knight in his first game for eight years.

Knight continued to punish the bowlers and scored a first-ever hundred for Weston, eventually caught on the boundary for 112. The rest of the batsmen pushed the total up to 276-9 after 45 overs.

The bowling could not have got off to a better start for Weston as Smith (9-1-31-1) removed Hardington captain Parrott. Fellow opener Reddaway was then retired hurt due to an ankle injury.

The game then became the Jamie Dance show as he dismissed batsmen three to seven with some outstanding swing bowling. Moving the ball both ways, Dance never let the batsmen settle, three of his wickets were clean bowled.

Hardington fell to 61-6 after Smith and Dance had bowled out and it was the job of Bayley Frise (3-0-17-2) and returning Justin Turner (3-1-11-1) to clear up the tail as Hardington & West Coker were all out for 89.

Man of the match went to Jamie Dance.

The fourth team took their least experienced team ever away to league leaders Butleigh and despite the almost inevitable defeat, learnt much from the experience.

Batting first, Weston made a creditable 152-7 with openers Tom Bailey (53) and Dave Howes (39) leading the way.

Once this stand was broken, wickets tumbled regularly and it was Georgina Goodwin with 23 not out who helped the score past the 150 mark.

With rain around and more threatening, Butleigh were always going to attack from the start and so it proved with their opening pair running up a stand of 140 in 11 overs.

Olly Price took the only wicket to fall, but Weston’s youngsters can feel proud of the way they stuck to their task.

The Forte player of the match was Tom Bailey.

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