Seasiders cruise to straightforward victory at Chard

PUBLISHED: 09:20 30 June 2017

Ashley Allen bowling for Weston.

Ashley Allen bowling for Weston.

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Somerset cricketer Pete Trego starred for Weston in their comfortable away victory at Chard.

Weston First XI secured a straightforward victory away at Chard by eight wickets.

Chard won the toss and elected to bat first in changeable conditions, with light showers occurring periodically throughout the game.

Openers Cleal and Johnson seemed to be building a decent partnership until Tom Chambers struck, removing Johnson courtesy of a good catch from Chris Davidson.

The next wicket fell to the catch of the season so far from Pete Trego, who took a one-handed catch diving backwards and to his left having made ground to get to the ball.

Chard overseas player Micale was the only player to offer any real resistance, making 23 in the 20 overs he was at the crease before he fell to the left-arm spin of Paddy Howes, caught well by Simon Green on the drive.

Wickets tumbled at regular intervals, with Trego getting 3-21 runs off the seven overs he bowled. Charl Willoughby came back on at the end and took the final three wickets in one maiden over, finishing with figures of 8-3-17-3 and leaving Chard 86 all out in 29 overs.

Ashley Allen was the other bowler to get amongst the wickets and his seven tight overs were instrumental in building up pressure on the batting side.

With Andy Fear absent, Ryan Davies opened with Simon Green. Davies attacked the usually tight bowling of Dalwood, taking two fours and a six off him in seven balls before chopping on to his own stumps.

This brought Trego to the crease and a superb partnership of 60 with Green ensued. Green was unfortunate to get out with only 10 runs needed for victory, however a four from Howes and a huge six from Trego (53 not out off 36 balls) brought Weston victory inside 15 overs and before the scheduled time for tea.

Sadly, the loss of the two wickets in Weston’s innings deprived them of a point, but an eight-wicket victory and 21 points helped to narrow the gap on North Perrott at the top of the table.

Forte Financial man of the match went to Somerset star Pete Trego.

Chard

D Cleal c Trego b Allen 15

N Johnson c C Davidson b Chambers 3

M Micale c Green b Howes 23

P Moxom c Turner b Trego 4

L Cleal b Trego 2

J Dalwood b Trego 1

C Scott not out 16

T Shire lbw Howes 1

N Warren c Green b Willoughby 1

J Draper b Willoughby 0

R Scott lbw Willoughby 0

Extras 20

Total 86

Bowling: C Willoughby 8-3-17-3; T Chambers 4-1-14-1; P Trego 7-1-21-3; A Allen 7-2-14-1; P Howes 3-1-11-2.

Weston

S Green c Dalwood b Scott 12

R Davies b Dalwood 16

P Trego not out 53

P Howes not out 4

Extras 3

Total (2 wkts) 88

League table

W L Pts

North Perrott 8 0 151

Weston 7 1 144

Wembdon 5 3 123

North Petherton 4 4 94

Bridgwater 4 4 91

Wellington 3 5 86

Staplegrove 3 5 81

Chard 2 5 71

Minehead 2 6 60

Temple Cloud 1 6 59

This weekend sees another pivotal round of fixtures for all teams. Strengthened by the inclusion of Peter Trego, the first team tackle North Petherton at home starting at 12.30pm.

It should be a closely-fought game, with both sides featuring several current or recent Somerset players. Potential spectators are reminded that there is no entry fee and all the players would welcome any additional support.

The seconds travel to their Chard counterparts and the thirds visit Glastonbury 2nds, both starting at 1.30pm. The 4th XI take on Churchill 2nds on the East Ground, while the 5th XI travel to Shapwick and Polden 4ths.

The club would also like to remind all former players they are going to host a former player’s day on July 8 to coincide with the first team’s home game against Wellington.

All former players are encouraged to head down to meet with old friends regardless of how many games you played.


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