Seasiders crash out in Cornwall
PUBLISHED: 14:57 23 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:19 24 May 2010
After Saturday's defeat at Cheltenham, the Weston players departed straight for St Just hoping to book their place in quarter-finals of the ECB Cockspur Cup
After Saturday's defeat at Cheltenham, the Weston players departed straight for St Just hoping to book their place in quarter-finals of the ECB Cockspur Cup.The threat of rain soon abated as it became clear that the worst of the weather had by-passed the tip of Cornwall. The match got under way in gloomy conditions, but this seemed not to concern Weston opener and specialist cup batsmen Andy Fear who raced to his 50 leaving fellow opener Shabil Ahmed in his wake.However Fear departed soon after posting his half century and had to watch as his good start was undone by the quick dismissals of Ahmed and John Williams, leaving Weston languishing on 69-3.This joined Gary Morgan and Edd Brown, two of Saturday's heroes, who looked impressive in the difficult damp conditions, however once they had been dismissed Weston struggled and had little left to throw at the bowlers, apart from a brief flurry of runs by Luke Parfitt at the end to allow Weston to post 165-9.Weston's opening bowling partnership of Parfitt and Tom Main looked comfortable in the conditions, and in particular they suited Main who had the dangerous looking Curnow caught behind by Brown with the score on 12.However with a couple of decisions not going in Weston's favour allowed Roberts and Thomas to start attacking, and after the unusual failure of Fear and Matt Kearsey to bowl tightly the introduction of Williams (1-23) and Ahmed (3-35) pegged back the run rate and accounted for four victims.Ahmed removed Thomas soon after he had posted his half century and then removed two batsmen in two balls, but by then the damage was irreversible and with the score on 159-5 with five overs in hand, St Just pulled off the accelerator and did just enough, albeit a streaky edge through the slips, to finish off proceedings and Weston knew this had just not been their weekend.Brunel Ford man of the match was Andy Fear.Weston are now free to get their North Gear 20/20 campaign under way and will be doing so in style against Uphill Castle Calypso on Friday at home, starting at 6.15pm. Captain Gary Morgan said: "Of course we are extremely disappointed not to have beaten St Just, but there is still an awful lot for us to play for this season. We have been looking forward to participating in the inaugural North Gear 20/20 competition and now we can do that. "We know it will be a good match against Uphill Castle as the rivalry goes back many years, and it's a fantastic fixture to kick off our 20/20 campaign with. We must thank both North Gear and our opposition for being so patient and understanding while we competed in the Cockspur Cup, and now we intend to get our 2020 campaign started with a bang.