Seconds consolidate top spot

PUBLISHED: 09:33 03 August 2012

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Weston seconds consolidated their position at the top of the table with a four wicket home victory over Taunton.

WESTON seconds consolidated their position at the top of WEPL 2nd XI Premier Two with a four wicket home victory over Taunton.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, making steady progress throughout the innings in the face of some accurate bowling from the Weston attack.

Sean Stringer (9-1-33-1), Ben Main (9-0-35-1), Tom Court (8-0-35-1), Ben Curley (7-1-21-1) and Matt Kearsey (9-2-24-2) shared the wickets to fall between them. Pick of the Taunton batting came from the lower order as Strugnell (31) and Tyler (41*) took their side to a competitive 170-7 from 45 overs.

In reply, Weston got off to a poor start as Andy Logan was bowled for a duck. However, with in-form Mitch Smit joining Sam Curley, runs soon started to flow.

Curley departed for 16, but the middle order of Jason Neave (16) and Matt Kearsey (22) were happy to play the supporting role for Smit (65) as the target came within sight.

A quick flurry of wickets caused a few jitters, but once the aggressive Stringer (27*) had found his range, the result was never in any real serious doubt as Weston cruised over the line with five overs to spare.

Intouch CRM man of the match went to Mitch Smit.

Weston 3rds tricky season continued as they went down to a four wicket defeat at home to North Perrott.

After winning the toss and electing to bat,Weston got off to a flying start as Pete Hooper and Jon Lawrence peppered the boundary until Hooper was bowled for 16. The returning Will Whittle lasted one ball and when Lawrence was run out for 27, the innings was in danger of falling apart.

Lower order runs from Dale Chard (28) and Declan McNulty (21) meant some pride was restored. However, being all out for 127 in just 24 overs was well short of par.

In reply, Chard (7-1-40-2) removed both openers and Stu Roberts (12-1-49-2) accounted for two further wickets, Weston unexpectedly found themselves in with a chance of victory.

Once Ricky Bissex (5-1-26-2) had removed Ostler (24) and Webb, the latter one of three outstanding catches by Alex Penwill, North Perrott found themselves struggling on 80-6.

Any thoughts of a memorable win were dashed by Alex Drew (61*) who played some fine shots in steering his side over the line.

Intouch CRM man of the match was Stu Roberts.


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