Matt stars for the seconds in all-round display

PUBLISHED: 09:49 25 May 2018

George Beeman celebrates his catch off a Tahmid Ahmid ball.

George Beeman celebrates his catch off a Tahmid Ahmid ball.

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A fine all-round display by Matt Blamire helped Weston 2nd XI to victory over Bridgwater.

Weston 2nd XI earned their second win of the season at home to Bridgwater.

Winning the toss, the home team batted first and got off to their best start of the season thanks to Will Whitell (35) and Luke Morgan (18). However, Their a mid innings collapse that left Weston on just 86-5.

For the second week in a row, Matt Blamire (44) led the rebuild and with good support from Tahmid Ahmed (33 not out) they dragged Weston up to a competitive 187-9 from 45 overs.

Matt Knight (0-11) kept things tight first up with the ball and Lauren Filer (1-15) took her first 2nd XI wicket with a excellent yorker to dismiss the opener.

The Weston spinners then took over, with Sam Goodhew (2-26) and Ahmed (3-23) doing the damage initially, leaving Matt Blamire (5-28) to mop up the rest of the innings in another excellent all-round display. Bridgy were all out for 126, giving Weston victory.

Forte Financial player of the match was Matt Blamire.

The thirds continued their winless start to the season with a 30-run loss to Street 2nds at Devonshire Road.

Street won the toss and opted to bat on an excellent track and got off to an excellent start with an opening partnership between Martin Wood (70) and Phillip Linter (80) of 144.

Weston slowed the run rate and started to take wickets with controlled bowling in the middle overs from Sam Curley (9-0-38-1) and 13-year old debutant Will Crane (8-1-35-0). However, the stand-out for Weston was Jodie Filer with excellent figures of 9-0-53-3. Street finished their innings on 239-5.

Weston began their reply well with Matt Huxtable (25) and Max Brown (30) reaching 60 before the loss of the first wicket. Middle order runs from captain Josh Knight (19), Sam Curley (43) and Simon Turner (17) threatened to upset the visitors, but the loss of regular wickets pegged Weston back.

Jakob Massey impressed again with 24, but the final wicket fell in the final over of the game.

Forte Financial player of the match went to Jodie Filer.

The 4th XI are still looking for their first win of the season having come off second best away to local rivals Uphill Castle.

Having been asked to bat, the home side made 180-9 with several batsmen contributing but nobody making a significant score.

For Weston, Justin Turner took five wickets, four of them bowled, Rhys Crocker took two and Terry Horler and Bayley Frise one each. Crocker and Horler’s combined 16 overs went for a total of 34 runs.

Weston’s batting was built around Chris Pack who made 42, well supported by Russ Green and Crocker but too many batsmen played loose shots and in the end a total of 142 was disappointing.

The Forte player of the match was Justin Turner.

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