Robin hits Bridgwater for six
PUBLISHED: 08:57 04 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:48 24 May 2010
WESTON travelled to Bridgwater with high expectations of beating their promotion rivals and were surprised when having lost the toss were asked to bowl first on a drying pitch that was going to become more batsmen friendly throughout the day. Luke Parfitt
WESTON travelled to Bridgwater with high expectations of beating their promotion rivals and were surprised when having lost the toss were asked to bowl first on a drying pitch that was going to become more batsmen friendly throughout the day.Luke Parfitt got Weston off to their dream start when he had Bridgwater captain Darren Read caught behind by stand-in keeper Edd Brown off only the third ball of the innings. Tom Main then jumped on the bandwagon when Mitch Windsor dollied the ball straight back into his hands.The dream start was compounded when Robin d'Souza caught the remaining opener Scott Sealey off Parfitt and it was clear that Weston meant business. Josh Vickery (40) and Steve Davis (28) tried their hardest to rebuild but the damage was already done and Weston's confidence rocketed again as d'Souza accounted for the dangerous looking Davis in his first over and then sent back two more batsmen.Meanwhile Mike Munday decided to get in on the act and in an awesome spell of bowling coupled with some astounding catches he and d'Souza cleaned up the remaining batsmen, including Somerset's Simon Francis and Bridgwater crumbled to 126 all out.Munday cleaned up with 3-18, while d'Souza (3-38) and Parfitt (3-31) also added three wickets apiece to their already outstanding crop of wickets this season.In reply, Weston refused to count their chickens as Shabil Ahmed was quickly making his way back to the pavilion, with captain Gary Morgan and Brown followed soon after.However once Jason Neave joined d'Souza in the middle there was absolutely no question in the result as d'Souza almost single-handedly advanced Weston's cause as he took a distinct liking to Andy Frick who had been hoping to take his 50th league wicket during the match.Neave was happy to sit back as d'Souza hit seven fours and eight sixes, only one of the sixes did not come off the bowling of Frick and having passed his half century off 44 deliveries his century took only another 23 deliveries. There was not question that d'Souza dominated the game in more ways than one, however Neave finished the game off in the 28th over.