Weston seconds fall short in their run chase

PUBLISHED: 15:32 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:32 08 August 2018

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Despite an improved performance, Weston 2nd XI came up short in a high-scoring run chase.

Weston 2nd XI put in a much better performance away to Butleigh, but still came up short in a high-scoring game.

Weston made a good start, as Georgia Tulip made a breakthrough in the first over. The innings settled down, as a lightning fast outfield and short boundaries made for quick scoring.

The introduction of George Bemand brought Weston back into the game, as he took four wickets in an excellent nine-over spell, backed up by great catching from the fielders, notably Aniraj Sapra.

When Weston took the sixth wicket with the score on 180, they had hopes of wrapping up the innings, but a lack of bowling options hampered them, as Butleigh scored quickly in the last few overs to take the score to 276-7 from 45 overs.

Weston started well in reply, with openers Andy Fear and Dom Mayo putting on 140 for the first wicket. The experienced Fear showed his class in scoring a quality 101, but the wicket of Mayo for 34 turned the tide towards the home team.

The required run rate rose, with the new batsman struggling to score. The wicket of Fear put the game beyond Weston’s reach, but they at least got themselves full batting bonus points in reaching 220-6.

Forte Financial player of the match was Andy Fear.

The 3rd XI lost away to Staplegrove seconds. Fielding an inexperienced team, Weston lost the toss and asked put into bowl.

The game started off well with regular wickets falling leaving Staplegrove 134-5. However with an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership, Staplegrove reached 308-5 after 45 overs.

Bowlers Jamie Dance, Ian Smith, John Fleming, Dec McNulty and Chris Fawcett each took a wicket, with Fawcett leaving the game after 20 overs with a shoulder injury.

Weston got off to a good start in the reply with all batsmen contributing, Matt Knight (8) and Tommy Bailey (26 off 11 balls) were aggressive, while Josh Knight (32), Lauren Filer (28), John Fleming (49 not out) and Adam Smith (13) all scored well as Weston were all out for 187.

Forte Financial player of the match went to John Fleming.

The 4th XI came off second best but once again there were positives to be taken.

Playing at home to Harptree Villages, Weston batted first and 13-year-old Harry Thompson was the star with 58 runs on his debut. There were also scores in the 20s for Charlie Thompson, Spike Hawkins and fellow 13-year-old debutant Christian McMullan.

A score of 158 was competitive in the circumstances, but Harptree’s experienced opening pair set about the Weston bowlers and they reached their target for the loss of only one wicket.

Another defeat but again the future looks bright. Harry Thompson followed up his half century with a tidy wicket-keeping performance and was the Forte Financial player of the match.

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