Shabil keeps Weston on the promotion trail
PUBLISHED: 16:54 14 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010
DESPITE the washout of the previous week, Weston 1st XI continued their winning ways against Trowbridge in the latest round of the North Gear West of England Premier League 2 matches. However, it was by no means an easy victory for the Weston boys. Despit
DESPITE the washout of the previous week, Weston 1st XI continued their winning ways against Trowbridge in the latest round of the North Gear West of England Premier League 2 matches. However, it was by no means an easy victory for the Weston boys.Despite a good opening partnership between Robin d'Souza and captain Gary Morgan, who ruined the lost toss, Weston found themselves staring down the barrel of a gun when they were six wickets down for just 102 runs and with 25 overs still to bat.The middle order left a lot to be desired as Alex Muse and Andy Hales cleaned up, taking 4-50 and 5-39 respectively. The only resistance came from Shabil Ahmed who dug in and featured heavily in three good partnerships with Jason Neave, Harold Booth and 15-year-old Mitch Smit. However, despite having plenty of overs in hand but only two wickets remained and although Smit looked like hanging around until the end, Ahmed was dismissed for a determined 56 and Weston were soon all out for 173 which most certainly did not seem enough given the current form of Trowbridge's overseas star Fudadin.Weston could have been forgiven for giving up during the second innings when openers Gingell and Whiting refused to be removed despite everything Luke Parfitt and Tom Main threw at them.The change of bowling paid off as d'Souza immediately bowled Whiting but Fudadin and Gingell seemed to settle in until Matt Kearsey had Gingell stumped by Rob Turner, at which point runs seem to dry up as Fudadin struggled to hit the ball off the square. A gritty 20 by Penhaligon and 14 by young Luke Morris threatened Weston somewhat until Morgan reintroduced Parfitt into the attack.Parfitt bowled an intense spell which produced four wickets for 12 runs and really yanked the game back into Weston's court, as from the commanding position of 105-4 with 20 overs to spare Trowbridge were now 127-8.Tom Main then removed the final two batsmen and Weston won a game that had looked practically impossible to win halfway through the Trowbridge innings. The most noticeable difference between the sides was the fielding as Trowbridge dropped several chances, but Weston took all their chances and Ahmed took three good catches at slip while there were good catches for d'Souza, Parfitt and Kearsey as Trowbridge were bowled out for 146. Weston 2nd XI recorded a much more convincing win over Trowbridge 2nds at home. Having won the toss and electing to bat, Trowbridge had absolutely no answer to the Weston bowlers as Ben Main took 2-19, Jalal Ahmed also took two wickets as did Ashley Allen and there was a wicket for Stu Fawcett. Only Max Joyner failed to take a wicket as the pick of the bowlers was Sean Stringer who returned figures of 5-3-6-3. Trowbridge were bowled out for 79.In return, a quickfire 42 by Andy Logan meant the result was quick in coming as Rob Scanlon added 23 and Jon Weber 11 and the target was passed in the 20th over and Weston took a welcome 21 points from the encounter.