Seagulls pull off victory in low-scoring encounter

PUBLISHED: 10:38 18 May 2018

Shabil Ahmed bowling for Weston.

Shabil Ahmed bowling for Weston.

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Weston emerged victorious in this low-scoring encounter at home to Keynsham.

Riding on a high from their victory last week, Weston 1st XI pulled off a stunning win at home against Keynsham.

Weston captain Rob Turner won the toss and elected to bat. Batting looked tough from the off, with Fear falling in the first over. Pete Trego played some excellent shots and looked to be getting into the groove when he chipped one to a fielder off the bowling of Keynsham captain Tom Bryan (10-3-11-3).

Wickets fell at regular intervals to leave Weston in deep trouble on 44-5 off 12 overs. Turner steadied the ship a bit, putting on a partnership of 23 with Shabil Ahmed before he too fell for 14 with the score on 67. John Davidson (22) put on 31 runs for the ninth wicket with first team debutant Tahmid Ahmed, who batted with a maturity beyond his years to take Weston to 113 all out in the 43rd over.

Scoring was slow and a lot of maidens were bowled in the Weston innings, giving hope to the home spinners. Keynsham got off to a positive start, making batting look a lot easier than Weston did.

An opening partnership of 31 off just eight overs made it look like the teams were heading for an early shower. However, Weston’s spin twins, Shabil Ahmed and Allen, bowled a game changing spell, including a double wicket maiden for Ahmed in his first over, to reduce Keynsham to 64-5 off 23 overs.

There were some outstanding catches from Ben Gully, Allen, Trego and Turner, with the pick of these arguably being Gully’s diving take on the boundary.

Keynsham tried to dig in, but Weston took five wickets for five runs in six overs to leave Keynsham all out for 80. Weston took victory by 33 runs and added 17 points to their total.

Much credit must be given to Shabil Ahmed (7-1-17-3) and Allen (9-6-5-3) and special mention must go to Tahmid Ahmed for his batting display and for taking his maiden 1st XI wicket on his debut.

Weston will look to continue this winning form when they travel away on Saturday to play Taunton Deane.

The Forte Financial man of the match for the second week running went to Ashley Allen.

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