Seasiders clinch promotion with comprehensive 208-run victory
PUBLISHED: 09:58 08 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:58 08 September 2017
Weston clinched promotion to the WEPL Premier Division 2 with a comprehensive 208-run victory over North Petherton.
Weston First XI secured the WEPL Somerset championship and promotion to WEPL Premier Division 2 with a 208-run victory away at North Petherton in the last match of the season.
With Weston needing a victory to secure the title, North Petherton won the toss and elected to field. Simon Green and Andrew Fear got off to a quick start, but a change of bowling slowed the run rate.
Green fell for 34 to leave Weston on 80-1 at the end of the 20th over. With Fear falling soon after for 32, Ryan Davis and Pete Trego took control of the match. Both played some superb shots, with each hitting two huge sixes.
Davies brought up his 50 off 52 balls and Trego soon followed suit off just 46 balls. Both fell on consecutive balls, Davies for 77 and Trego for 87 after a partnership of 167, by which time Weston had secured maximum batting points.
Chris Davidson made a cameo appearance, scoring a quick 10, but it was Paddy Howes (29) and Shabil Ahmed (15) who were not out at the end, both also hitting sixes, as Weston finished their innings 317-5.
Weston got off to a superb start to the second innings, with Charl Willoughby striking twice in the first three overs. Chambers (7-1-30-2) then copied him, leaving North Petherton 25-4 off 10 overs.
Ash Allen and Chris Davidson took over the attack, each taking one wicket, Davidson’s a superb caught and bowled, before Willoughby returned to take three more wickets and finish with figures of 9-2-22-5.
It was Trego who claimed the last wicket with the final ball of the 34th over to see North Petherton all out for 109, giving Weston 22 points and the league title.
Saturday’s match saw a superb all-round performance from the team to finish a positive and united season. Catches were held in the field by Willoughby, Trego, Green, Ahmed and Davies and every member of the team contributed.
Forte Financial man of the match goes to Charl Willoughby for his high class spell of bowling, a five-wicket haul as well as a stunning catch at mid-on.
Unless Willoughby can be tempted out of retirement for the second year running, this may well have been his last match for the club. Whatever the future holds, the club would like to recognise his outstanding contribution over the years.
The team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have supported them this season, in particular Nick Evans, who is retiring as team coach.
S Green c Gregory b Briffett 34
A Fear b Gregory 32
R Davies c Irish b Winter 77
P Trego c Williams b Porteous 87
P Howes not out 29
C Davidson c Winter b Porteous 10
S Ahmed not out 15
Total (5 wkts) 317
L Irish b Willoughby 0
H Bowditch c Willoughby b Allen 19
B Porteous c Green b Willoughby 2
L Winter c Trego b Chambers 1
A Burns b Chambers 6
W Pope c Davies b Willoughby 36
S Briffett c&b Davidson 5
T Williams c Ahmed b Willoughby 25
R Williams b Trego 4
A Bunce c sub b Willoughby 0
F Gregory not out 0
Bowling: C Willoughby 9-2-22-5; T Chambers 7-1-30-2; A Allen 8-3-16-1; C Davidson 7-1-28-1; P Trego 3-1-12-1.