Seasiders stay on top

PUBLISHED: 11:48 07 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010

PLAYING Chippenham, Weston managed to complete the first innings before succumbing to the weather. Having won the toss and electing to bowl first, knowing that if the rain came batting second would leave Weston in control, Chippenham lost two early wick

PLAYING Chippenham, Weston managed to complete the first innings before succumbing to the weather. Having won the toss and electing to bowl first, knowing that if the rain came batting second would leave Weston in control, Chippenham lost two early wickets before play was suspended for 45 minutes as Robin d'Souza trapped Nicholas leg before for eight.A good partnership developed between Pocock and Schofield before Gary Morgan was able to secure the run-out of Pocock and as the rain fell Chippenham were 41-2. The rain break certainly seemed to suit Weston as they returned to the field all guns blazing, knowing that the threat of further rain was high. D'Souza immediately had Silk also trapped leg before and followed by some good catches by Morgan, Shabil Ahmed and D'Souza, in partnership with bowlers Mike Munday and Matt Kearsey, Chippenham were reduced to 111-8.Munday finished with 3-48 and Kearsey with 2-40, but neither bowled as well as they can and let the remaining batsmen get away with murder as Sykes supported Schofield through his half century in a partnership that totalled 64.D'Souza returned to the attack to remove Sykes to complete his hat-trick of leg before decisions and Edd Brown ran out Schofield to finish proceedings just as the rain started again and Chippenham were bowled out for 175.Play was abandoned shortly before 6pm as it was clear that a result was not possible but Weston were delighted to hear that both their nearest rivals, Bridgwater and Taunton Deane were able to complete their games and both lost.Weston 2nds on the other hand had a rain-free day at Chippenham and on previous form were delighted to be asked to bat first. With great gusto openers Jason Lane and Mitch Smit plundered boundaries, but Smit soon took a back seat as Lane (59) raced towards his half-century.Weston found themselves in a strong position as a second half-century partnership developed between John Weber and Ben Dancey, but Trevor Lloyd put paid to a big total as he finished with 5-24 from 12 overs. Weston were bowled out for 172 as the inexperienced tail were unable to see out the overs.Matt Humphrey and Sean Stringer performed well, opening the bowling, as they were able to keep runs to a minimum and although Stringer was wicketless, he conceded only 27 runs from his eight overs, while the more experience Humphrey took 2-27 from 10 overs.The star of the Weston bowling attack, however, was Ashley Allen, making his 2nd XI debut, who returned figures of 4-49.Lloyd saw Chippenham home with three overs to spare, but captain Sam Curley took solace in the performances of the youngsters.The 2nd XI went one better on Sunday as they saw themselves win through to the final of the Somerset 2nd XI 20-over cup competition when they brushed aside Keynsham.Having won the toss and electing to bat first, Mitch Smit opened alongside Matt Kearsey and they made a solid start before both being bowled.A quickfire 17 by Andy Logan, a solid 20 not out by Rob Scanlon and 10 not out by Ben Main saw Weston to 130 from their 20 overs.Main then opened the bowling to great effect, bowling opener Raisbeck for a golden duck, but Jalal Ahmed was the most successful bowler taking 3-12 off five overs. A fielding mix-up resulted in the run-out of Seddon by Smit and Stu Fawcett took two wickets in an over, both stumped, to ensure that Keynsham fell well short and closed their 20 overs on 104-7.The final of the competition is to be played at the County Ground, Taunton on August 20.

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