Seasiders throw away victory chance with poor batting display

PUBLISHED: 09:30 23 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:30 23 May 2014

Shabil Amhed Weston Batsman.

Shabil Amhed Weston Batsman.

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A poor batting display from Weston cost them the cost of victory at home to Ashcott & Shapwick.

WESTON threw away the chance of a second home victory against Ashcott & Shapwick, after a poor batting display left them 38 runs adrift.

Ashcott won the toss and elected to bat and lost captain Tinnion lbw to Stringer early on. With Chris Davidson (6-1-11-0) drying up one end, Sean Stringer (7-0-23-2) was able to create chances and removed Karmarker soon after.

Ashcott battled hard for their runs and with Vickery (76) and Harte (75) waiting patiently, Weston found it difficult to make a breakthrough. As the partnership built, the Weston fielding became more lacklustre, with simple errors costing them valuable runs.

At 160-2 with 10 overs to go, Ashcott were looking at big total, but Weston picked up, with Sam Goodhew (6-0-39-4) and Shabel Ahmed (9-0-49-2) taking late wickets as Weston were able to restrict the visitors to 213-8, a good return after the third wicket partnership of 145.

For the third week running, John Davidson conceded no byes in an excellent performance behind the stumps and Gary Morgan led by example in the field.

Weston started their innings comfortably against the pacy Ashcott attack, but with John Davidson and Shabel Ahmed unable to break through an excellent infield, they had only reached 20 when Davidson edged behind.

Stringer, promoted up the order batted responsibly and helped Ahmed bring up the 50 for Weston before he mistimed to midwicket for 13.

Ahmed and John Williams continued ticking the score over and reached 93 as Ahmed brought up a patient half century. Karmarker and Higgs proved difficult to get away on a slow wicket.

Ahmed was then bowled by Harte (5-47) and Morgan followed two balls later. Chris Davidson wasted another fluent start as he played on for 12, leaving Weston 110-5.

Sam Trego and Williams added 52 for the next wicket as Williams (44) accelerated, but when he was caught at deep square leg, Weston were back in trouble.

Despite the run rate still less than six an over, the Weston batters seemed to panic and a succession of irresponsible shots saw the innings come to a close on 175.

The IntouchCRM man of the match was Shabel Ahmed.

On Saturday, Weston travel to Bristol hoping for an improved performance.

ASHCOTT & SHAPWICK

S Tinnion lbw Stringer 9

N Karmarkar lbw Stringer 4

C Vickery lbw Goodhew 76

G Harte b Goodhew 75

B Rudge c&b Ahmed 3

W Spencer b Goodhew 2

S Coppell not out 19

O White b Goodhew 0

J Haggett b Ahmed 5

P Lang not out 1

Extras 18

Total (8 wkts) 213

Bowling: S Stringer 7-0-23-2; C Davidson 6-1-11-0; A Allen 10-1-32-0; A Fear 5-0-23-0; S Trego 7-0-29-0; S Ahmed 9-0-49-2; S Goodhew 6-0-39-4.

WESTON

S Ahmed b Harte 51

J Davidson c Lang b Coppell 2

S Stringer c Haggett b Higgs 13

J Williams c White b Spencer 44

G Morgan c Lang b Harte 0

C Davidson b Harte 12

S Trego c Rudge b Harte 23

S Goodhew c Harte b Spencer 0

A Fear lbw Harte 3

A Allen c Harte b Spencer 8

S Curley not out 0

Extras 19

Total 175

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