Robin takes his gloves off to good effect
PUBLISHED: 09:34 26 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:29 24 May 2010
WESTON entered their latest North Gear WEPL clash against Lansdown brimming with confidence, being unbeaten so far this season and in the absence of the regular captain Gary Morgan, Ed Brown took hold of the reins
WESTON entered their latest North Gear WEPL clash against Lansdown brimming with confidence, being unbeaten so far this season and in the absence of the regular captain Gary Morgan, Ed Brown took hold of the reins, won the toss and elected to bat, thinking to make the most of the home advantage.Within 10 minutes of the start it looked like the Weston wheels had finally ground to a halt as both openers, Robin d'Souza and Shabil Ahmed, found themselves back in the pavilion, d'Souza having spooned the first delivery of the innings straight to point. Lansdown took advantage and sent Matt Kearsey back shortly after and Weston were languishing on 21-3.This meant that Brown (40) was reunited with Jason Neave (40) and together they recreated the heroics of the previous week and steadied the ship while taking advantage of the lightening outfield and Lansdown's poor fielding which saw them drop six catches.The best partnership of the innings came between Dan Booth and Jalal Ahmed who found themselves thrown together with the score on 135-9 and with 10 overs still to be bowled. Initially, Booth (31) scratched around for runs but soon settled as he and Jalal played sensibly and punished the bad ball. Together they gained a second batting point.Sadly Booth lost his wicket in the final over and became the fourth of Alban's victims (4-28), but by holding out for 10 overs he and Jalal had denied Lansdown additional overs to chase the total as Weston folded on 166, certainly a lot less that Brown would have liked.When the Lansdown reply started it was soon clear that anything was possible as Luke Parfitt removed both openers in his second and third overs leaving the opposition on 11-2. Parfitt and bowling partner Tom Main kept the runs to a minimum, but wickets started to look elusive so Brown pulled his trump card, replaced d'Souza behind the stumps and let him bowl in tandem with Matt Kearsey. This produced just the result Brown was looking for and resulted in six wickets falling in seven overs, suddenly the game was Weston's for the taking.Lansdown however were not going to give up without a fight, so Brown turned to Harold Booth and back to Parfitt to finish things off. Booth took a wicket with his third ball and d'Souza completed his good day in the field by getting the last wicket run out.Weston's fielding was second to none and the saying that catches win matches was apt on this occasion. Brown filled in exceptionally well behind the stumps taking two catches and has perhaps found a new niche in the team until the return of Rob Turner.