Robin's century boosts Weston's promotion bid
PUBLISHED: 11:38 31 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010
WESTON travelled to Bristol in the latest round of the North Gear WEPL matches and having lost the toss were asked to bowl in the ever increasing heat
WESTON travelled to Bristol in the latest round of the North Gear WEPL matches and having lost the toss were asked to bowl in the ever increasing heat.While Luke Parfitt hit his stride immediately, Tom Main struggled with bowling up the hill as the experienced Ryan Jamieson took an instant liking to him and accounted for all the early runs.At the other end, the usually prolific Kevin Blackburn found it impossible to get anything away and faced 26 deliveries before scoring his first run. As Jamieson got himself out on 42, Blackburn was only on 13. It was a good wicket for Parfitt to take as the run rate was steady and Blackburn was starting to take off. Robin d'Souza replaced Main as Matt Kearsey prepared to bowl instead, a move which kept the scorers and batsmen guessing as to who might bowl the next over as d'Souza then swapped ends to replace Parfitt and immediately had Baptiste caught by Rob Scanlon as he mis-timed one straight into the air.Kearsey and d'Souza were made to toil as Blackburn and Paul Redwood started to accelerate the run rate until d'Souza instigated the run-out of Redwood for a quickfire 33, a wicket at a vital time to peg back a score that was projecting for 250 plus.Gary Morgan played around with the bowling combinations a bit more as Parfitt came back on to clean bowl Blackburn and d'Souza was brought back to take two further wickets. These bowling changes coupled with two further run-outs meant that Weston were left chasing 213 rather than 250.D'Souza and Morgan proceeded to take the match to Bristol, as they never let the bowlers settle into a rhythm. Unusually, and to great effect, d'Souza started slowly and never gave any chances and it was clear he planned to be there for the long haul. At the start, Morgan matched d'Souza shot for shot but eventually Morgan was forced to take a back seat as his partner found the boundary no less than 20 times which included seven massive maximum shots.Meanwhile, Morgan stood his ground and built a perfect supporting innings and made his half century from 85 deliveries. D'Souza completely eclipsed him, however, with his century coming from just 84 balls. It took just two deliveries off the 35th over for the Weston batsmen to finish proceedings with d'Souza finishing on 144 and Morgan on 61 as they notched up a crucial 10-wicket victory to the promotion chances especially after hearing that promotion rivals Taunton Deane's match at Chippenham had succumbed to torrential downpours maintaining their average and allowing Weston to pull away slightly.