Convicing victory for Weston seconds

PUBLISHED: 15:44 08 June 2018

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A convincing victory over Butleigh saw Weston 2nd XI get back to winning ways.

Weston 2nd XI got back to winning ways with a convincing victory over Butleigh.

Weston once again won the toss and batted first, but lost an early wicket. The innings settled down as brothers Dom (40) and Fin Mayo (20) put on 67 for the second wicket.

There was a mini collapse in the middle innings, as Weston slipped to 100-4, but Harry Wiseman (56) batted excellently to register his maiden 2nd XI 50, dragging the home team up to 168-9.

Weston came out firing with Under-13 player Will Crane (2-24) bowling a superb spell to dismiss the two openers. Matt Knight (3-21) also showed great control in taking his wickets.

There were also wickets for Paul Stringer (2-18) and George Bemand (2-28) and Jodie Filer grabbed a wicket at the end to go with a superb catch taken earlier in the innings.

This was a good victory for the seconds, with six players under the age of 19 in the team. Man of the match went to Harry Wiseman.

The thirds registered their first win of the season, taking full points at home to Staplegroves.

Weston won the toss and elected to bat and a fantastic half-century from Max Brown (66) and mature support from Under-15 Eoin Austen (36) saw Weston pass 100 before Brown fell.

The good batting continued with all the middle order contributing, J Knight (26), J Mayo (18), R Green (5), J Fleming (7) and a crucial innings from another youngster, J Massey (36 not out) saw Weston finish on 252-7.

The Staplegrove innings got off to a slow start with some excellent bowling from I Smith (6-3-13-1), with his wicket coming from a fine catch from Austen. R Crocker (7-1-22-1), bowled well, before B Frise took a wicket with his first ball and finished with figures of 9-0-49-4.

The visitors fell to 79-7, but a late resurgence meant J Massey (6-0-38-1), J Mayo (6-1-31-1) another stunning catch from Austen and B Kingston (2-0-23-0) had to slow the run rate.

However, it was Austen (2.2-0-9-2) who finished the innings off taking the final two wickets in the first two balls of his second over to bowl Staplegrove out for 194.

There were stand out performances from Max Brown and Bayley Frise with special mention going to Bobby-Lee Kingston. However, the Forte Financial man of the match was Eoin Austen.

Weston fourths succumbed once again to stronger opposition, this time away to Harptree Villages.

Inserting the home team, their openers put on 97 for the first wicket. A flurry of wickets reduced Harptree to 145-5, but an unbroken stand of 81 took Harptree to 226.

There was economical bowling from Jamie Dance, a wicket each for Spike Hawkins and promising debutant George Nuttycombe, but the pick was Holly McLaughlin with three wickets – all bowled.

In reply Weston lost a wicket in the first over and things barely improved. The top scorer was Georgina Goodwin with 20 and a total of 74 was no more than Weston deserved.

The Forte Financial player of the match was Holly McLaughlin.

The academy side (put together to bring through teenagers into adult cricket) performed well in their first game of their adopted home of Allerton, with a convincing win over Peasedown St John.

Opening the batting, Luke Richards scored a powerful 112 to help Weston set a challenging 226 off their 40 overs, with 14-year-old Ollie Thompson and 15-year-old Adam Smith both making valuable contributions.

In reply, Lewis Richards (13) took a wicket with his first ball to see off the PSJ dangerman Vowles. PSJ stayed in touch for the next 25 overs until Adam Smith changed the game with two wickets in an over to soothe Weston nerves.

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