Seagulls cruise into the next round
PUBLISHED: 12:23 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010
WESTON cruised through to the last 16 of the ECB National Knockout Cup with an unlikely but comprehensive victory over Welsh rivals St Fagans
WESTON cruised through to the last 16 of the ECB National Knockout Cup with an unlikely but comprehensive victory over Welsh rivals St Fagans. Having driven through some horrendous weather, the players and supporters were glad to find that no rain was visible or forecast and so after winning the toss Gary Morgan elected to bat first.Shabil Ahmed quickly departed, but Andy Fear and Morgan dug in and posted their 50 partnership. Both Fear and Morgan, in continuation of Saturday's good form, looked comfortable Fear quickly knocked his half century, going at a run a ball until his patience failed and he came down the track to Hopkins only to miss and get bowled.Morgan was joined by John Williams and although the runs slowed, Weston were still accumulating a good score. However, this nearly ended in disaster when Williams nailed one straight back to ex-Glamorgan and England player Matthew Maynard, who unable to keep hold of it, palmed it on to the stumps to run out Morgan who was out of his crease backing up.Edd Brown, who never let the momentum slow, joined Williams, but soon after some tight bowling Weston were 171-7, still short of a defendable target. Thankfully some impressive batting by Matt Kearsey and Mike Munday took Weston's total over 200, and after 45 overs Weston had posted 210-8.St Fagans reply could not have started in a worse possible way as Luke Parfitt dismissed Kaufman in the third over. The batsmen tried to mount a recovery but a further wicket for Parfitt and one for Fear meant that the game was truly in Weston's favour, until Maynard strode to the crease and played freely until Kearsey (6-37) was brought on and took the first of his six wickets, excellently caught behind by Edd Brown. Kearsey and Brown came together twice more as Brown stumped both the dangerous looking Swetman and Hopkins, and finally the game was in Weston's hands for the taking. Harold Booth, Morgan and Tom Main also took catches, and Main finished off proceedings when he had Slade caught behind with the score on 177.From St Fagans looking comfortably in the driving seat Kearsey ripped through their batting line-up, with excellent support from all fielders who kept their heads despite the pressure building during Maynard's innings.Brunel Ford man of the match, without question, was awarded to Matt Kearsey.