Last wicket stand fails to save Winscombe

PUBLISHED: 10:19 12 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:26 24 May 2010

Dave Bailey hopes for a catch from a Midsomer Norton batsman.

Dave Bailey hopes for a catch from a Midsomer Norton batsman.

WINSCOMBE returned to league action after the rain enforced mid season break and put in a disappointing display, losing by 25 runs at home to Midsomer Norton. Norton, electing to bat, got off to a steady start before Ben Goodrum, who bowled an encouraging

WINSCOMBE returned to league action after the rain enforced mid season break and put in a disappointing display, losing by 25 runs at home to Midsomer Norton.Norton, electing to bat, got off to a steady start before Ben Goodrum, who bowled an encouraging opening spell, had Martin Cox caught behind by Dave Bailey.Krige and Tabb then put together a patient but ultimately match winning partnership of 93 for the second wicket before the re-introduction of Neil Pollard to the attack saw him have Krige caught at square leg by Goodrum.Winscombe, with the aid of good bowling by Pollard and three run outs, reduced Norton from 147-3 to 165-8. Some late order resistance saw Norton eventually reach 187 all out in the final over.Pollard was again pick of the bowlers with 4-43 and Brad Loveluck started to show some consistency in his bowling taking 2-45.In reply, Winscombe lost two early wickets before Ross Toohey and Alan Hunt steadied things, adding 34 for the third wicket.However, once Hunt was lbw for 11, Winscombe slumped to 55-5 and when Toohey was unfortunately run out for 40, Winscombe's innings was in tatters.Some useful middle order resistance from Iain Fraser (15) and Steve Bawden (24) gave some respectability, but it took a last wicket partnership of 46 between Dave Burge and 15-year-old Liam Cureton to push Winscombe's score up to 163 all out in the last over.Cureton showed a good deal of promise scoring 22 not out, including a straight six off Norton's overseas opening bowler and Burge scored 15 well made runs, but all this was to no avail as Winscombe finished 25 runs short.

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