Relegation confirmed for Weston second team

PUBLISHED: 14:07 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:07 24 August 2018

Cricket ball near boundary.

Cricket ball near boundary.

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Weston 2nd XI were comprehensively beaten by nine wickets and as a result were relegated.

Weston 2nd XI’s relegation was confirmed on Saturday with defeat away at Minehead, but there was positives to take from the game, which saw seven players under the age of 19 play for Weston.

The home team won the toss and chose to bowl, but Weston started well with captain Dom Mayo (58) finally weighing in with some runs.

He was well supported early on by Under-13 player Davis Trego (22), as they put on 90 for the first wicket.

After they both got out, there was a mid-innings collapse, and it looked like it could be another bad day with the bat for the team. But Under-15s Eoin Austen (47) and Jodie Filer (22) batted superbly together, putting on 80 runs in an excellent partnership, that saw Weston to a score of 236-7 from their 45 overs.

Weston made an excellent start with the ball, with Tom Court inducing a nick behind to keeper Mayo with just the second ball of the innings.

However, that was as good as it got. The inexperience of the bowling attack showed against some strong batting from the home side, as Weston were unable to take wickets or restrict the scoring rate. Batsman two and three both recorded unbeaten centuries, as they cruised home to win by nine wickets.

The 3rd XI had a mixed weekend with two matches away at Taunton St Andrews and Lydford.

The match at St Andrews on Saturday was a humiliating 10-wicket defeat, with Weston bowled out for 68, which St Andrews chased down in less that 16 overs without losing a wicket.

Jon Lawrence top scored with 19 and Jamie Dance was the only other Weston player to reach double figures.

The match on Sunday at fellow relegation strugglers Lydford, could not have been more different.

Lydford won the toss and put Weston into bat. Openers Martyn Chambers and Matthew Huxtable fell early, but captain Josh Knight led by example, with partnerships of 47 with Eoin Austen (13) and 83 with Jakob Massey (25).

With the overs running out and batting with his brother Matt (22 not out), Josh fell for 93 in the penultimate over.

Weston posted a respectable 226-6 off their 45 overs, a score which included 47 extras.

The Lydford innings got off to a positive start with a partnership of 51 between Hodges (48) and Harvey (11). It was Lauren Filer who made the breakthrough, removing Harvey in the 13th over.

Ian Smith (9-2-34-2) struck in successive overs of his bowling to leave Lydford 78-3 off 20 overs. A safe pair of hands from Huxtable in the deep took the next wicket off the bowling of Massey, but it was the introduction of Georgia Tulip (6.1-1-29-2) and Jamie Dance that changed the game.

Dance took four wickets in four overs, including two in two balls, to finish with figures of 5-3-12-4. Tulip took the last wicket with the first ball of the 39th over, leaving Lydford 143 all out, a victory for Weston by 83 runs.

The Forte Financial man of the match went to Ian Smith, who drove the team minibus to both matches.

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