Seasiders squeeze through to the regional final

PUBLISHED: 10:58 25 June 2007 | UPDATED: 11:12 24 May 2010

FOLLOWING the cancelling of Weston's league match against Bridgwater on Saturday, the 1st XI returned the favour and travelled to

FOLLOWING the cancelling of Weston's league match against Bridgwater on Saturday, the 1st XI returned the favour and travelled to Bridgwater on Sunday to play the regional semi-final of the ECB Cockspur Cup, the furthest Weston have progressed in recent years.Captain Gary Morgan won the toss, a good toss to win given the changeable overhead conditions and given the presence of Rob Turner and his good cup batting form, Morgan unsurprisingly elected to bat first.Turner and Andy Fear made their way out to the middle, but it was soon obvious that not everything was going to go Weston's way as runs were somewhat hard to come by and Turner being adjudged leg before in the fifth over to a full toss.This brought Morgan to the crease and just as he and Fear found their stride they both threw away their wickets to Higgins leaving Weston on 63-3 in the 17th over. John Williams soon followed and had Edd Brown not dug in with a solid 49 Weston would have struggled to post a defendable target.Brown had brief support from Shabil Ahmed, who was stumped off a wide by the quick thinking Bridgwater keeper Tom Smith, and from Matt Kearsey, but without the 37 extras that Bridgwater conceded Weston would have been struggling, especially as young Callum Haggett cleaned up the tail to finish with 4-26.Weston's innings closed in the 45th over with the score on 178, perhaps a few runs short of a competitive total, especially when Darren Read and Andy Hallaran literally shot out of the blocks and looked like making short work of the run chase.However, the introduction of Fear into the bowling attack removed four of the top five batsmen and put the ball firmly back in Weston's court, but Bridgwater were by no means out of the game with some big hitters still waiting on the sidelines.Josh Vickery, Tom Clarke and Chris Skidmore certainly made their efforts known and indeed had Kearsey not taken two catches out on the boundary then the game was surely Bridgwater's as despite being bowled out in the 43rd over they only lost by 14 runs.Fear finished with 4-24 and had excellent support from his fellow bowlers and also the fielders with Shabil Ahmed taking a stunning catch to remove Bridgwater captain Steve Davis in the slips at full stretch to his right.After a relatively poor batting display the team spirit that was prevalent last year certainly reared its head again to pull the team together and allow them to pull off an unlikely victory and see them through to the regional final which will be played away against St Fagans on July 1.The Brunel Ford man of the match was shared by Edd Brown for his solid display of batting, which allowed Weston to post a competitive total and to Andy Fear for a display of bowling that pulled Weston back into the game.

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