Seasiders work hard to keep winning run
PUBLISHED: 10:22 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:28 24 May 2010
WESTON First XI recorded their fourth consecutive league victory following a close fought match with rivals Downend during the latest round of the North Gear WEPL 2
WESTON First XI recorded their fourth consecutive league victory following a close fought match with rivals Downend during the latest round of the North Gear WEPL 2.Having lost the toss and being asked to bowl first, the Weston players rued the fact they would not be able to watch the football but hoped that it would be a distraction for Downend.This proved to be a good theory as Gary Morgan caught Binnie in the 10th over off Tom Main, however Aussie Michael Ponter dug in and despite struggling with Main and Luke Parfitt settled into a good partnership with McEwan as the fourth wicket partnership reached 100 runs.Once Parfitt removed McEwan (68) trying to dispatch yet another ball to the boundary, wickets fell easily. Jalal Ahmed settled into his role as first change, removed the middle order returning figures of 3-32.Matt Kearsey struggled with the small boundaries and found himself getting a bit of slap, however the return of Main and Parfitt produced dividends as Main set them up and Parfitt disposed of them and finished with 15-1-50-6.Downend were all out for 211 which was good going considering 250 is usually a par score on the small ground and considering that Weston's fielding was rather lacklustre in the heat with the exception of Harold Booth who took a stunning instinctive catch at silly mid off, and that extras was third top score for Downend.Dowend took to the field after the break and only had to wait a few overs before both Robin d'Souza and Morgan were back in the changing rooms. Morgan was unlucky but d'Souza really needs to look at spending more time at the crease developing worthwhile personal totals.The target of 212 looked a long way off but respectability was restored with a good partnership between Kearsey (20) and Shabil Ahmed who is quickly developing into a good opener as he refused to let the situation phase him. Kearsey was another unlucky one as it looked like he and Shabil could carry it home for Weston but his dismissal only brought Ed Brown to the crease who despite a few scratchy shots revelled in the circumstances.Brown sat back as Shabil cruised to his 50 and then kicked the pace up a notch as he raced towards his and with good support from Jason Neave took Weston into what appeared to be a winning position.However Brown mis-hit one straight into the path of I McEwan and Harold Booth, Parfitt and Jalal soon joined him back at the changing room. Suddenly it looked like it was going to be Downend's day with Weston falling from 176-5 to 207-8 and with Ponter bowling aggressively as ever.Neave stuck fast and snubbed the attempts to dismiss him as he played sensibly and pushed the singles and then stood back as Main stroked a ball through the covers for four to end the match with five overs to spare, on paper an easy victory for Weston but in reality a hard fought one.Man of the match was a particularly difficult choice and so goes four ways, to Luke Parfitt for his 6-50, and to Shabil Ahmed, Ed Brown and Jason Neave for responding so positively to the adversity.