Seasiders hold out for a draw
PUBLISHED: 12:21 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010
Weston's clash against Glastonbury was welcome relief from the horrendous weather experienced in the previous few weeks. Gary Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first and attempted to put on a good total. This decision appeared to backfire on Morgan a
Weston's clash against Glastonbury was welcome relief from the horrendous weather experienced in the previous few weeks. Gary Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first and attempted to put on a good total.This decision appeared to backfire on Morgan as Andy Fear and the usually prolific Robin d'Souza quickly found themselves dispatched by young Nick Gibbens. However, this united Morgan and John Williams and in a continuation of their abundant partnership at Thornbury, complimented each other's batting styles as they destroyed any bowlers that Glastonbury threw at them.Morgan slowly plied his trade as Williams was much more free with his shots and quickly reached his 50. They took a particular liking to Punchard, Fear and Somerset player Wes Durston who finished with 1-64 from 16 overs.Morgan was the first to fall, bowled by Durston having hit 68. Williams was out next over to Fear caught on the square-leg boundary having cultivated a classy 88. The partnership was invaluable, totalling 152, one of the best third wicket partnerships seen by the club in recent years.Harold Booth played a dogged innings at the end to finish 23 not out as all the other batsmen chipped in with small scores to take Weston to what looked like the unassailable position of 261-7.What Weston had not banked on was Durston shooting out of the blocks and racing to his 50 from just 32 balls. Durston and Tinnion put on 86 in 12 overs before Andy Fear entered the fray and after a loose first over took the first of his three wickets.This sparked a mini collapse with wickets falling at 86, 129, 129 and 129. Fear finished with 3-45, but the key wicket of Durston fell to Matt Kearsey (3-49). Durston had contributed a well-crafted 92 out of a team total of 129 and suddenly the ball was back in Weston's court.Unfortunately for Weston, Wayne Spencer (71) decided to re-find his form and despite a slow start, began to play without restraint. With good support from Punchard (16 not out) Glastonbury edged closer and closer to the total.Thankfully Spencer momentarily lost his head and came down the track to d'Souza only to find himself heading back to the pavilion with Glastonbury still needing 30 for victory. The momentum was lost and meant a certain draw, and indeed Weston finished with a 10-run winning draw as Glastonbury ground to a halt on 251-7. The points were divided almost equally with Weston taking 19 and Glastonbury taking 17, but it should be enough to keep Weston second in the league table.Brunel Ford man of the match was a four-way tie between Morgan, Williams, Fear and Kearsey who each put in performances that kept Weston in the game.