Defeat sends Weston tumbling into the relegation zone
PUBLISHED: 09:21 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:21 05 August 2016
A home defeat to Bishopston has left Weston firmly in the relegation zone, with just five matches remaining.
Another defeat, this time at home to Bishopston, leaves Weston 1st XI firmly in the relegation zone with only five matches left in the season.
Having won the toss, Weston elected to bowl, which looked to be a good decision with three consecutive maidens to start the match and Charl Willoughby striking early to remove opener Pilling for 10 and leave Bishopston 15-1 after seven overs.
Weston were tight in the field, putting in their best all-round fielding performance of the season. However, former Gloucestershire player Tim Hancock (94) and David O’Brien dug in to build a partnership of 148, before Tom Chambers, returning for his second bowling spell, sent O’Brien’s stumps flying.
He struck again with the next ball to remove Mark Coombes for a golden duck, leaving him on a hat-trick, which was sadly not to be as Prevan Nayanah Rajh blocked the rest of the over out.
Hancock fell to Willoughby shortly afterwards, before Chambers hit a superb run of form, aided by three catches from Shabel Ahmed, to finish with his best-ever senior figures of 10-1-47-6.
Bishopston ended their 50 overs on 197-8, having at one point looked to be on for a score of well over 200. Special mention in the field must go to Ahmed, Tom Dancey, Ashley Allen and skipper for Chris Davidson putting in his usual committed display.
This was an achievable total for Weston, who had one of their strongest batting line-ups of the season. However, Bishopston struck regularly from the off, with Rob Turner falling with the score on 0 and opening bowler Qasim Khurshid finishing with figures of 8-3-5-3.
Only five of Weston’s batsmen made it into double figures, Tom Ford top scoring with 22, as they battled to 130 all out in the 41st over.
Frustration again for Weston as the batting line-up failed to deliver after a superb effort from all in the field.
Forte Financial man of the match went to Tom Chambers.
T Hancock c Ford b Willoughby 94
J Pilling c Ford b Willoughby 10
D O’Brien b Chambers 53
M Coombes b Chambers 0
P Rajh c Ahmed b Chambers 13
L Cook c Ahmed b Chambers 0
G Booth c Ahmed b Chambers 1
O Currill b Chambers 13
F Connelly not out 2
R Adams not out 4
Total (8 wkts) 197
Bowling: C Willoughby 10-2-31-2; S Stringer 7-1-18-0; A Fear 10-2-36-0; T Chambers 10-1-47-6; A Allen 7-0-29-0; S Ahmed 5-0-24-0; C Davidson 1-0-10-0.
A Fear c O’Brien b Cook 13
R Turner lbw Adams 0
S Ahmed c O’Brien b Khurshid 5
S Stringer b Khurshid 9
A Hart lbw Khurshid 0
C Davidson b Currill 17
T Ford c Hancock b Rajh 22
T Dancey c Currill b Rajh 18
A Allen c Adams b Cook 4
C Willoughby c Currill b Rajh 16
T Chambers not out 2