Seasiders take over at the top after comprehensive victory
PUBLISHED: 09:25 07 July 2017
Weston climbed to the top of the table after a comprehensive 141-run victory over fellow promotion hopefuls North Petherton.
Weston First XI secured another comprehensive victory at home against North Petherton, winning by 141 runs.
Weston lost the toss and were put in to bat, but opening bowler Lewis Irish struggled and was taken off after bowling three beamers and only two legitimate balls in the first over. This gave Weston 21 off the first over, a start to capitalise on.
Simon Green was unfortunately out for a duck after just two balls of the second over, but Ryan Davies and Pete Trego built a quick partnership of 63 before Trego ran himself out on 37.
Paddy Howes was looking good for 20 before being caught at square leg bringing Shabel Ahmed to the crease. A partnership of 82 ensued before Davies was caught in the deep on 115. His outstanding innings was off just 111 balls and included nine fours and four sixes.
Following his departure in the 44th over with the score on 201, wickets tumbled as the Weston batsmen were in pursuit of quick runs resulting in two stumpings for keeper Lloyd Irish and figures of 10-1-23-3 for former England and Somerset player Ian Blackwell. Weston finished on 250-8 off their 50 overs.
The North Petherton innings got off to a steady start with overseas player Brad Porteous taking on the opening bowlers before being superbly caught by Simon Green from the bowling of Tom Chambers for 12 in the sixth over.
Despite resistance being offered by Tom Williams (35), Weston took wickets at regular intervals. Trego was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 8.5-0-32-5. Ash Allen also starred, taking two wickets in one over to finish with figures of 6-1-15-2.
It was Trego who ended the North Petherton innings, removing their number 11 for a duck in the 31st over to leave them all out for just 109.
This meant maximum batting and bowling points for Weston and, for the third week in a row, two bonus points for getting the opposition out for less than 120.
Forte man of the match goes to Ryan Davies for his impressive performance with the bat. On a difficult wicket he steered the side to maximum batting points in a mature and controlled manner.
This marks the halfway stage in the season with Weston now sitting on top spot, having won all but one of their games.
S Green c Short b Briffett 0
R Davies c Williams b Short 115
P Trego run out 37
P Howes c Short b Winter 20
S Ahmed st Irish b Blackwell 33
C Davidson st Irish b Blackwell 12
A Allen b Bowditch 8
J Davidson b Blackwell 0
R Turner not out 1
C Willoughby not out 3
Total (8 wkts) 250
B Porteous c Green b Chambers 12
T Williams b Trego 35
L Winter st J Davidson b Howes 5
I Blackwell c Davies b Trego 0
P Short c J Davidson b Trego 0
H Bowditch b Trego 17
Ll Irish not out 16
Le Irish c Howes b Willoughby 8
S Briffett b Allen 9
W Pope b Allen 0
L Briffett b Trego 0
Bowling: C Willoughby 9-2-35-1; T Chambers 3-0-10-1; P Trego 8.5-0-32-5; P Howes 4-1-15-1; A Allen 6-1-15-2.
W L Pts
Weston 8 1 166
North Perrott 8 1 156
Wembdon 6 3 142
Bridgwater 5 4 111
North Petherton 4 5 98
Wellington 3 6 93
Staplegrove 3 6 87
Minehead 3 6 78
Temple Cloud 2 6 78
Chard 2 6 72
This weekend the 1st XI look to cement their position at the top of the league when they host Wellington at Devonshire Road (12.30pm start). The game coincides with a former players’ day, so all are invited down to reminisce with old friends about games of years gone by.
The 4th XI are the other side at home as they host Purnell 2nds (1.30pm) on the East Ground. The 2nd and 3rd XIs both look to continue their promotion pushes away from home – the 2nds at Purnell and the 3rds at Shapwick & Polden 3rds.