Rob's century puts Weston back on top

PUBLISHED: 13:02 21 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 May 2010

BATTING first against Downend in the latest round of the North Gear Wepl 2, Weston got off to a flying start as in a fashion the team have become accustomed to. Robin d'Souza hit 41 off 29 balls before getting caught out with the score on 43 with Gary Mor

BATTING first against Downend in the latest round of the North Gear Wepl 2, Weston got off to a flying start as in a fashion the team have become accustomed to.Robin d'Souza hit 41 off 29 balls before getting caught out with the score on 43 with Gary Morgan having contributed just one run.Morgan was bowled two overs later leaving Rob Turner and Matt Kearsey to consolidate the good start and rebuild the innings. Turner played a pivotal role in the next four partnerships and despite good starts by each of the middle order, Turner's domination prevented any of them from converting to better scores, as Kearsey (10), Edd Brown (15), Jason Neave (25) and Shabil Ahmed (15) offered excellent support.Matt Jackson was the pick of the Downend bowlers returning figures of 5-65 from 15 overs and instigated Weston's mini-collapse from 225-6 to 235-9 in conjunction with Ian McEwan (3-79). However, by this point Weston had already recorded maximum batting points and Turner had cruised to his century from just 109 balls.Turner was caught out slogging on the boundary in the 49th over for a classy but hard fought 117 that included 19 boundaries. Weston closed their innings on 238-9 denying Downend a fifth bowling point.Downend's batting was slow going and it was obvious they missed their regular captain, but it still took until the 14th over for the first victim to fall to d'Souza. Then with the score on 51, d'Souza cleaned bowled both the wicket takers, Ian McEwan and Matt Jackson, the wicket of Jackson resulted in the game being held up for six minutes as the middle stump snapped off in the ground.Shortly after this disruption d'Souza bowled his fourth victim and Downend were languishing on 65-4 off 26 overs. Kearsey then joined the party in conjunction with Tom Main who took two good catches on the deep square leg boundary and restored Morgan's faith in his fielders who had dropped several catches early on and thankfully were not punished.D'Souza returned figures of 5-49, his second five-wicket haul of the season, while Harold Booth took a wicket in his first spell, back bowling since June.Morgan predictably turned to Luke Parfitt to finish proceedings and despite getting a bit of slap in his first over back, still finished with an economy of two as Downend were bowled out in the 45th over with the score on 153. A comprehensive 85-run win for Weston took them top of the table again as Bridgwater did not take maximum points despite winning.

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