Robin stars for promoted Weston
PUBLISHED: 09:54 02 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:57 24 May 2010
WESTON Cricket Club's most successful season in recent years ended disappointingly when the last round of league matches was cancelled due to the weather
WESTON Cricket Club's most successful season in recent years ended disappointingly when the last round of league matches was cancelled due to the weather. Thankfully this did not affect the final league placings for the First XI and, even though nearest rivals Bridgwater recorded a convincing victory against Frenchay, they could not get enough points to remove Weston from the top spot. As a result, Weston were awarded the WEPL Premier 2 championship, having lost only two games all year.The outstanding performer of the year was undoubtedly overseas superstar Robin d'Souza who netted 561 runs at an average of 56.1 and took 32 wickets at an average of 11.41.Robin hit two 100s and two 50s with his crowning glory coming at Bristol where he hit 144 not out in a total of 216. He also took five wickets on three occasions.A welcome addition to the side this year was Luke Parfitt. A consistent wicket-taker for Cheddar, he stepped up to Weston's bowling crease and took 31 wickets at an average of 15.61 and the second best economy in Premier 2 with 2.93. His best return came at Downend when he took 5-60.It was also encouraging to see the improvement in youngsters Tom Main, who took 15 wickets and cemented himself as a bowler for the future, and Shabil Ahmed, who passed the 50 mark in four matches and will look to establish himself as opener in the next few years.There were also outstanding performances by perennial achievers Gary Morgan, who once again thrived at captaining such a young team, Matt Kearsey, Jason Neave, Edd Brown, who took up the wicket-keeping gloves in the absence of Rob Turner, and Somerset player Mike Munday.In a season that started with the aim of staying in what looked to be a competitive division, every single player had something to offer and the team spirit that developed carried them through some difficult situations. The aim for next season is to build on this and establish themselves in Premier 1 where there are some much more experienced teams.The Second XI also had a good season, finally finishing in fourth place. Captaincy certainly suited Andy Logan as he topped the Premier 2 2nd XI averages with 544 runs at an average of 60.44. Two more Weston players made it into the top 15, Sam Curley hit 286 runs and Mitch Smit 257, both at an average of 28.6.Evergreen Stu Fawcett hit the top of the 2nd XI bowling averages with an average of 9.89 and an economy rate of 2.55. He received good support from Miles Weber and Jalal Ahmed and it was most encouraging to see Under-15s Ashley Allen and Sean Stringer start to make their mark as the season progressed. There is no doubt that they and Smit will be pushing for first team places in the next few years. The Falcons suffered from another unsettled season, but just managed to avoid relegation. John Weber, who hit 175 against Bath 4s and missed hitting the highest North Somerset Cricket League total by just 19 runs, provided the biggest highlight for the Falcons. There was also a century for Mitch Smit and half-centuries for Mark Bissex, Rob Tasker and Ben Dancey, and half-centuries narrowly avoided by Stu Roberts and John Williams on his return from injury. The bowling highlight was provided by Ashley Allen with his 5-45 against Bath 4s.Weston Ladies also recorded their best season in recent years, thanks mostly to the acquisition of Somerset Under-13 Sophie Luff who recently made her senior men's debut for Lympsham. She hit 66 runs at an average of 33 and took seven wickets at an average of 10.14.Flo Broderick also established herself in the team hitting 185 runs at an average of 92.5. The return of Lisa Quick was a most welcome one as she boosted both the batting and the bowling, and there were all-round good performances from everyone involved. Weston finished second in the league having lost only one game all year. The successes were unexpected, but prove what a little team work can do and this reflected through all the senior teams. Now the captains must build and consolidate next year.