Weston notch up fourth consecutive victory in the league

PUBLISHED: 12:37 01 June 2018

(click on image for larger view)   CRICKET : Weston  v  Thornbury. John Williams batting for WsM.

(click on image for larger view) CRICKET : Weston v Thornbury. John Williams batting for WsM.

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Weston notched up a fourth consecutive victory and also remained unbeaten in the calendar year in the league.

Weston recorded their fourth consecutive victory and a calendar year unbeaten in the league at home against Midsomer Norton.

The start of the match was delayed due the rain earlier in the morning and the match was reduced to 40 overs a side as a consequence. Weston captain Andrew Fear lost the toss and Weston were put in to bat.

Fear (39) got off to a positive start, despite the early wicket of fellow opener Luke Morgan, who was bowled by A Cox (8-1-23-3) in the fifth over. Ben Gully joined Fear in a partnership of 45 before he was bowled by Hampshire (8-0-38-3) for 21.

Star of last week’s batting, Chris Davidson scored 20, but it was returning Weston veteran John Williams who stood out in the Weston innings, scoring 51 off 34 balls. He fell two balls later to end a partnership of 70 with John Davidson (24) who cleverly manipulated gaps in the field.

Weston finished their innings 177-6, the highest score of the season on the home wicket.

Weston struck early with Charl Willoughby (5-1-6-2) bowling Lear for a duck in the first over. Alex Leeks struck in the second over of his spell to leave Midsomer Norton 28-2 in the 11th over.

Chris Davidson bowled economically, but yet again it was the introduction of Ash Allen to the attack that changed the game. After taking his first-ever first XI five-wicket haul last week, he repeated the feat this week to finish with figures of 8-3-38-5.

Tahmid Ahmed bowled well in partnership with him to keep Midsomer Norton under pressure and wickets fell at regular intervals. Some superb fielding, with two catches for Leeks and one each for Willoughby and Chris Davidson, saw Midsomer Norton all out for 116 in the 34th over.

This win gives Weston another 20 points and continues their outstanding start to the season following their promotion last year.

While the whole team deserves praise for their batting and fielding performance and special mention must go to Ash Allen for his second consecutive five wicket haul, the Forte Financial man of the match was awarded to John Williams.

Chris Davidson recently made his 100th first team league appearance for Weston scoring a match-winning 77 away at Taunton Deane. Chris captained the club between 2012-2015 which contained a Somerset Cup win and promotion into Premier 1.

Weston played host to Lashings World XI as part of their annual beer and cider festival.

The event was well supported with more than 200 guests joining the pre-game hospitality and entertainment and several hundred more supporting from the boundaries.

Lashings won the toss and elected to bat. Weston opening bowlers of Court and Chambers bowled tightly without a wicket, while the introduction of Chris Davidson in the fifth over brought the first wicket of Afzaal.

Record run scorer Wasim Jaffer continued to bat consistently through the innings as batsman struggled at the other end with Davidson bowling four overs for only 18 runs.

Chambers (2-23) returned to claim the wicket of Yasser Arafat and Big Bash star Chris Green caught by Ash Allen on the boundary with an amazing one-handed catch above his head. Ahmed eventually dismissed Jaffer for a superb 78 from 59 balls.

The Lashings inning finished 152-4, an unusually low score for their team due to the excellent all-round bowling performance.

Stand-in captain John Davidson kept well standing up to all bowlers in the innings, his performance singled out by guest commentator Monty Panesar.

Weston got off to a poor start with Charl Willoughby (1-4) picking up the wicket of Ben Gully (0) in the second over with John Williams (0) falling victim of Somerset legend Andy Caddick (1-26) in the third.

This brought Chris Davidson to the crease to support opener and brother John. Both striking several boundaries in a 46-run partnership and Weston found themselves slightly ahead of the required run rate.

Devon Malcolm (2-5) picked up the wicket of John Davidson for 31 and Martin Bicknell (1-11) claimed Chris Davidson (26).

Other wickets fell before Andy Fear added some late boundaries to see Weston finish 131-7.

Many thanks go to the organisers and supporters of the day. Man of the match was shared between John and Chris Davidson for their performances in each innings.

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