Gary leads Seasiders home to welcome win

PUBLISHED: 10:44 10 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:35 24 May 2010

Gary Morgan.

Gary Morgan.

WESTON 1st XI bounced back to winning ways with a good victory over Ilminster who have often served as Weston's bogey side in recent years

WESTON 1st XI bounced back to winning ways with a good victory over Ilminster who have often served as Weston's bogey side in recent years.Having lost the toss and being asked to field first, Ilminster raced to 50 off 11 overs as the opening partnership of Luke Parfitt and Tom Main initially struggled to find their line and length.The introduction of Robin d'Souza and Parfitt finding his mark began to restrict the batsmen, but Dalwood and Kuhn looked in it for the long haul before d'Souza bamboozled Kuhn with a slower ball to clean bowl him and then did the same to Bekker two balls later. However, Dalwood still looked good and Boucher made his intentions clear from the start and quickly raced to 21 before Matt Kearsey undid him and he dollied one up to Gary Morgan at point.Kearsey was perhaps a little more expensive than he would have liked due to the short square leg boundaries but this encouraged Rice to chip one to Edd Brown behind the stumps.The introduction of Max Joyner to the attack also pegged back the run rate and having clean bowled Elswood his bowling instigated the run-out of Dalwood (89). The Ilminster innings closed on 208-6 and on the basis of some of the previous batting attempts it was wondered whether it was too big a target to chase, but d'Souza and Shabil Ahmed marked their intent immediately although d'Souza did ride his luck on a number of occasions and should have been caught out early on by Boucher.With the score on 59, Shabil (19) was caught at mid-off by Kuhn who took a good catch going back over his head, but d'Souza (72) after weeks of promising starts was clearly set firm and was well supported by Morgan as he struggled with cramp and had a runner but still managed to hit his 50, playing a glorious array of shots to all areas of the ground and with Harold Booth having a good work-out as runner.Morgan also played some lovely shots and was disappointed to see d'Souza on his way back to the pavilion at the crucial midway point in the innings. He was joined by Kearsey who took his time to play himself in while Morgan played his shots around him, but the introduction of Bekker to the attack gave Kearsey carte blanche to hit out and almost single-handedly accounted for Bekker's bowling figures of three overs for 25.Dalwood and Smith did, however, manage to slow down the run rate and accounted for the wickets that fell. Elswood would probably rather forget his second spell of bowling as Brown signalled his intent to see Morgan to his 50 and finish off the game quickly as he did just that hitting 30 off 20 balls and taking the winning runs in the 47th over.

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