Poor batting leaves Weston seconds short at Shapwick

PUBLISHED: 09:34 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 19 May 2017

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Weston 2nd XI finished well short of their target at Shapwick and Polden, finished 52 runs short.

Weston’s 2nd XI came second best against a strong Shapwick and Polden side.

For the second week running, skipper Dancey lost the toss and was asked to field first. Things started well for the visitors with Tom Court (9-4-18-2) clean bowling the Shapwick opener with the third ball of the day.

A bowling change saw the introduction of Matt Blamire (7-2-20-2) early in the innings and he picked up two wickets, including the prize wicket of Smith following an excellent catch from James Holt in the covers.

Coupled with Court’s hostile pace bowling down the hill, it left Weston in a strong position of having the home side 80-5 at drinks.

However, home captain Steve Spencer batted patiently and punished anything loose and was eventually out for a fine 58. Weston claimed maximum bowling points in the 42nd over when Holt took two wickets in two balls to bowl out the hosts for 192.

In return, things did not start to well for Weston with opener Tom Ford clean bowled in the first over. Jack Press (30) batted patiently, but unfortunately had to retire hurt.

There were starts for a number of Weston batsmen, with Blamire (25), Jamie Howson (14) both looking good, but the Shapwick bowling attack took regular wickets at key times to bowl out Weston for 140.

Forte Financial man of the match went to Tom Court.

Weston third team continued their winning start with victory away to Winscombe.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and openers Max Brown and Dom Mayo made it to 15 without loss before Brown (9) was bowled by Griffiths (5-0-30-1).

That brought Sam Curley (48) to the crease, who scored quickly to leave Weston 102-2 from 15 overs. The next 25 overs saw a run fest as both Mayo and Harry Wiseman (80 not out) put on 183 to leave Weston on 289-3 from their 40 overs.

Wiseman batted superbly, however it was Mayo who took the plaudits in registering an outstanding 121.

A fine opening burst from Georgia Tulip (8-4-9-4) destroyed the Winscombe top order, with wickets also for Tahmid Ahmed (8-2-30-3), Fin Mayo (5-0-24-1) and George Bemand (3.1-1-5-2).

The bowlers were well supported by seven catches being taken, with the home team finishing on 73 all out.

Forte Financial man of the match was awarded to Dom Mayo.

The 4th XI stumbled to a second defeat of the season, but made Bridgwater Sports work hard chasing a well below par score of 85.

Batting first, Tom Bailey top scored with 19 and the total would no doubt been higher had Jon Mayo not been run out in controversial circumstances.

In reply, Weston took six wickets and would have felt confident of winning with another 30 on the board. There were two wickets each for Matt Munday and Bayley Frise and one each for Ian Smith and Terry Horler.

The fielding and catching were excellent, especially a magnificent diving effort from Josh Hussey.

Forte Financial man of the match was Bayley Frise.

For the first time, Weston fielded a 5th XI in a competitive game, and came away with a great win against local rivals Uphill Castle 4ths.

A strong academy team consisting of nine youth players and two adults was well captained by John Fleming.

Opening the bowling with Lewis Richards (6-1-17-2) and Noel Daniel (5-0-18-0), each bowled very well to restrict Uphill’s batsman. The only resistance came from Loud (33) before he was caught by an excellent catch from Daniel off of the bowling of Davis Trego (7-0-22-3). Weston restricted Uphill to 134-8 off their 30 overs.

Weston’s run chase got off to a steady start with Trego making 18 before he was caught. Holly McLaughlin made 12 before she was run out, before Jakob Massey joined forces with Eoin Austin.

The pair scored quickly and took Weston to victory, with Austin ending up 56 not out and Massey 33 not out.

Forte Financial man of the match was Eoin Austin.

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