Seasiders face relegation battle after latest defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:26 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 29 July 2016

Ashley Allen batting for Weston.

Ashley Allen batting for Weston.

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Weston face a relegation battle after another defeat put them in danger of the dreaded drop.

Weston 1st XI managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again in a must-win match away to fellow relegation strugglers Knowle.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Weston openers Andy Fear (48) and Rob Turner (22) put on a partnership of 74 for the first wicket before Turner was bowled by George Brimble.

Shortly afterwards he took a catch off the bowling of his younger brother Jack Brimble (10-1-26-3) to dispatch Fear. Some tight bowling from Naqvi (10-2-18-0) and Jack Brimble saw only 30 runs added in the next 18 overs.

Both Davidson brothers fell cheaply as Shabel Ahmed (38) built a partnership of 31 with Jon Lambert (17). Contributions of 17 from 16 balls from Ashley Allen and 15 from 17 balls from Charl Willoughby saw Weston reach what they believed to be a defendable 202-9 from their 50 overs.

Weston got off to a positive start in the field with Tom Chambers (10-0-44-2) taking the wicket of opener Milton with an easy caught and bowled. Willoughby bowled superbly to finish with figures of 10-4-27-4, which included a slightly controversial catch from Ahmed to remover opener Solomon for 13.

With Knowle at 57-7 off 15 overs, victory looked certain for Weston, but it was not to be. Despite Ahmed removing J Brimble for 46 to leave Knowle needing 97 runs with just two wickets left, a ninth wicket stand of 99 saw them take victory with more than five overs to spare.

Another weekend with much to reflect upon for Weston, who face a battle to escape relegation in the second half of the season.

Forte Financial man of the match was Charl Willoughby.

WESTON

A Fear c G Brimble b J Brimble 48

R Turner b G Brimble 22

S Ahmed c Weston b Solomon 38

A Hart c Britton b Mills 11

C Davidson lbw J Brimble 0

J Davidson c Wilson b J Brimble 5

J Lambert c Milton b Weston 17

A Allen c Wilson b Nankervis 17

T Dancey not out 10

C Willoughby b Nankervis 15

Extras 19

Total (9 wkts) 202

KNOWLE

P Solomon c Ahmed b Willoughby 13

S Milton c&b Chambers 2

I Mills b Chambers 8

J Weston b Allen 9

J Brimble c Willoughby b Ahmed 46

C Nankervis lbw Willoughby 0

G Brimble b Willoughby 0

S Britton b Willoughby 0

L Godfrey not out 59

M Wilson not out 37

Extras 31

Total (9 wkts) 205

Bowling: C Willoughby 10-4-27-4; T Chambers 10-0-44-2; A Allen 10-1-36-1; C Davidson 5-1-30-0; S Ahmed 5-0-22-1; A Hart 2-0-25-0; A Fear 2.1-0-13-0.


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