Seasiders slump in promotion battle

PUBLISHED: 10:25 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010

Mike Munday back in action for Weston.

Mike Munday back in action for Weston.

IN the latest round of North Gear WEPL 2 matches Weston took on Taunton Deane at Devonshire Road in a must-win match if the Seasiders were to be almost sure of promotion to the top division

IN the latest round of North Gear WEPL 2 matches Weston took on Taunton Deane at Devonshire Road in a must-win match if the Seasiders were to be almost sure of promotion to the top division.Gary Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first believing the pitch would have more to offer newly available Mike Munday later in the day. As usual Robin d'Souza and Shabil Ahmed raced off only for a mix-up to result in the run-out of Shabil. Two overs later d'Souza mistimed the ball straight into the hands of Lewis at backward deep square leg and Weston were 11-2, a similar position to the one they recovered from the previous week against Frenchay.Gary Morgan and Matt Kearsey were only able to reach the mid teens as Bailey produced a devastating spell of 15 overs to finish with figures of 15-7-26-3 and with good support by Squire and Saxby, the Weston batsmen were struggling to find runs. Jason Neave and Rob Scanlon, determined not to get out under any circumstances, started to build the only partnership of the innings and despite both scratching around early doors they soon found that while boundaries were almost non-existent there was plenty of running to be done.Neave eased past his half century thanks to Thomas' one and only over which was worth 12 runs to Neave. However Weston were running out of overs and Neave (65) fell to Saxby trying to accelerate the score in the last few overs as did Logan who was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary. Scanlon edged closer and closer to his half century but a single and two dots to Luke Parfitt meant that he was stranded on 47 as the Weston innings closed on 158-6.The Deane batsmen started as they meant to go on and despite a number of maidens during Parfitt's second spell not even Munday could find a solution to the positive batting that has seen the Deane pass 300 runs on several occasions this season.Kearsey made the first breakthrough, removing Hudd for 31, stumped by Logan, and Munday followed suit several overs later to send Warren back to the pavilion, but the Deane only needed 100 from 25 overs so the odds were stacked in their favour and when Phil Lewis dispatched the first ball he faced for six, it was clear he wanted to finish the game in style which he did with some lusty blows to finish with 74 from 55 balls. With good support by Tom Webley, the result was never in doubt and Lewis finished proceedings in the 43rd over.

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