Cricket: Davidson disappointed by Weston's opening-day defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 May 2019

Shabil Ahmed batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Shabil Ahmed batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Captain Chris Davidson was left 'disappointed' as Weston opened their West of England Premier League campaign with defeat to North Perrott.

Will Plumber batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONWill Plumber batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Premier Two Weston won the toss and decided to bowl first as the visitors reached 211-8 after 50 overs, with captain Jake Symes making 68 runs.

The hosts had brought in four under-19s but desipte Shabel Ahmed hitting 42 runs, they would be bowled out for 158.

Davidson didn't hold back on how he was feeling after the game.

"Disappointed." he said. "I thought the 211 was defiantly chaseable. I think lack of intent throughout the game was the difference between the two sides.

"I think we were beaten fair and square, they were the better than us, but I think there's small things we could have done better which would have given us a stronger chance.

"I thought we bowled very well, fielded very well for the majority of the innings but we lacked that concentration for the whole game.

"I don't think we were a million miles away, just small margins. We've just got to go out and work on our intensity and our game management and our concentration.

"By having a team like this we are going to have days like this, but as long as those kids are learning from it then in a couple of years time we will be reaping the awards."

Davidson felt that Perrott were just too strong for his team on the day , adding: "I just think they were more switched on than us.

"They were more intense, particularly in the field, but also their running between the wickets.

"I think we probably gave away 20 runs in the field and probably turned down 30 runs in the field by not running hard enough."

"Some of the younger lads have to switch on for that extra 10 per cent.

"We've got a couple of senior players to come back into the side that will help spread that balance between the seniors and the youths. We go again and see what happens."

Weston are set to make the trip to Midsomer Norton on Saturday (12.30pm).

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