Weston slip to defeat in final match of the season

PUBLISHED: 10:26 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:26 31 August 2018

Rob Turner batting for Weston.

Rob Turner batting for Weston.

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Weston were well beaten by Taunton by five wickets in their final match of the season.

Weston First XI suffered a five-wicket defeat away to Taunton in their last match of the season.

Weston won the toss and elected to bat. Rob Turner, in his last match as captain, and Jack Press put on 35 for the first wicket, with Turner playing some positive shots in the first over to find the short boundary.

Turner fell for 16, bringing Andrew Fear to the crease. He batted with patience against a good attack, in partnerships of 31 with Press (26), 29 with Gully and 40 with Will Whitell (15), before falling for 54.

Weston then lost four wickets for the addition of only 12 runs leaving them 147-7, before Matt Huxtable (23 not out off 23 balls) steadied the ship slightly and got Weston over the 175 needed for a third batting point as Weston finished 183-8 off their 50 overs.

Taunton openers Clist and Sale, attacked the bowlers from the off and helped by a flurry of wides in the first three overs, put on a quickfire 151 runs for the first wicket.

Spinners Allen and Goodhew were particularly expensive in their first spells, both going at more than 10 an over. Paul van Meekeren was the only bowler to bowl effectively, with figures of 10-1-29-2.

A change of ends for Allen (10-0-60-2) saw the breakthrough Weston had been waiting for as he trapped Sale lbw for 74. A batting collapse reminiscent of an England test innings followed, with Taunton falling from 151-1 to 167-4, but Clist (70 not out) held his nerve.

Goodhew took the fifth wicket, but by this point Taunton only needed three for victory, runs which Clist struck off the first ball of Ben Gully’s first over.

With no match on the last weekend of the season due to the withdrawal of Glastonbury from the league, it is a disappointing end to the season, especially after the high of the previous week’s convincing win against Shapwick and Polden.

Weston would like to take this opportunity to bid farewell and say thank you to Ben Gully, our overseas player for this season. A huge thank you must also go to Rob Turner for all he has done as captain in the past two years.

The Forte Financial man of the match goes to veteran Andrew Fear for his patient innings, holding together the Weston batting and ensuring a challenging target was posted.

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