Seasiders bounce back with comfortable victory

PUBLISHED: 17:51 06 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:51 06 June 2017

Charl Willoughby bowling for Weston.

Charl Willoughby bowling for Weston.

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Weston recorded a comfortable victory over Bridgwater, running out winners by 87 runs.

Weston First XI bounced back from last week’s first defeat of the season with a comfortable victory at home against Bridgwater.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Weston struggled at the start of their innings as Andy Fear fell without scoring in the sixth over, leaving Weston on 7-1, but bringing Ryan Davies to the crease.

He hit a quickfire 37 off 31 balls in a partnership of 60 with Simon Green. Rob Turner was out for a duck, but Green built another strong partnership of 51 with Paddy Howes (57) before being caught for 57.

Howes put on another 50 partnership with Shabil Ahmed (32) and John Davidson and Ash Allen were not out for 31 and 11 respectively at the end to see Weston to 239-7 from their 50 overs and maximum batting points.

Bridgwater also struggled at the start of their innings, with Tom Chambers bowling a tight line to concede only six runs from his six overs and Allen (10-0-37-1) only eight from his first five.

However, with both openers still unbeaten at the end of the 13th over, it was the introduction of Fear (10-1-36-4) that made the breakthrough, taking three wickets in his first two overs and reducing Bridgwater to 36-3 off 16 overs.

Chris Davidson came into the attack and struck quickly, finishing with figures of 8-2-18-3, which included a stunning caught and bowled and the wicket of Alistair Witts, who with his score of 46 was the only Bridgwater player to do anything of note with the bat.

Ahmed took a wicket with his first ball, but Weston missed out on a bonus point for getting the opposition out for 120 when Bridgwater put on partnerships of 30 and 39 for the sixth and seventh wicket respectively.

Bridgwater were finally all out for 152 in the 45th over, giving Weston victory by 87 runs.

This match really was a true all-round team performance and therefore singling out one player for the Forte Financial man of the match award is not easy. Paddy Howes played exceptionally well to post his maiden league 50, but the plaudits must go to veteran Andy Fear.

Weston

S Green c Devitt b Habberfield 53

A Fear c Eckley b Clapp 0

R Davies b Habberfield 37

R Turner c Bellinger b Habberfield 0

P Howes c Bellinger b Clapp 57

C Davidson lbw Habberfield 2

S Ahmed run out 32

J Davidson not out 31

A Allen not out 11

Extras 16

Total (7 wkts) 239

Bridgwater

T Bellinger b Fear 17

S Butt c Davies b C Davidson 20

A Marsh c J Davidson b Fear 1

A Skidmore b Fear 2

A Witts c Fear b C Davidson 46

K Devitt b Ahmed 0

C Singleton c C Davidson b Fear 17

E Habberfield lbw Allen 6

S Clapp c&b C Davidson 0

M Habberfield c Green b Willoughby 10

R Eckley not out 12

Extras 21

Total 152

Bowling: C Willoughby 8.5-2-32-1; T Chambers 6-1-6-0; A Allen 10-0-37-1; A Fear 10-1-36-4; C Davidson 8-2-18-3; S Ahmed 2-0-8-1.

This weekend the 1st XI look to continue their title challenge when they make the journey to Wembdon. The seconds are without a game as the scheduled opposition have withdrawn from the league, meaning that both the 3rds (v Leigh on Mendip) and 4ths (v Cranmore 2nds) are at home. The 5th team make the short journey to take on Uphill Castle 4ths in the local derby.


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