Three out of three as Seasiders win again
PUBLISHED: 14:36 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 24 May 2017
Weston won their third consecutive match as they defeat Staplegrove in a rain-affected match.
Weston First XI made it three wins out of three at the weekend with a rain-affected victory over Staplegrove.
Weston won the toss and elected to field first, but rain began falling at the time the match should have started, leading to a lengthy delay.
When play finally began at 4.30pm with the match reduced to 25 overs a side, a wet outfield made run scoring tricky for Staplegrove. Ash Allen bowled a superb spell with figures of 5-1-9-3 and Staplegrove looked to be in trouble.
Former Somerset and Surrey player Ian Bishop came to the crease and teed off in some style, hitting four sixes in his 42 before being trapped lbw by Paddy Howes.
Chris Davidson, Andrew Fear and Charl Willoughby each took one wicket and Staplegrove finished their 25 overs on 112-8, a respectable score in the conditions.
Having performed so well with the bat, Bishop opened the bowling and made things very difficult for Weston openers Fear and Simon Green. His figures of 5-3-5-1 reflect both the quality of his bowling and the difficulties that the pitch was still presenting.
The first four wickets fell relatively cheaply (two of them direct hit run outs) and Weston were in need of some quick runs to keep things competitive. This led to Allen being bumped up the order and, in partnership with Rob Turner (31 not out from 24 balls), he did what was required, hitting 29 off just 30 balls, including two huge sixes.
Allen fell in the penultimate over, as did Shabil Ahmed which left Weston at 111-6 going into the final over. Turner hit the runs required off the first ball to see Weston maintain their winning streak.
It would be fair to say that this was the first game this season where Weston truly looked to be in danger of losing but a great team performance, the calm determination of Turner and the brilliance of Allen saw the team to victory.
Weston will be looking to extend their winning run away to North Perrot over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Forte Financial Man of the Match goes to Ash Allen.
T Pantling st J Davidson b Fear 24
R Rowe b Allen 4
J Pantling st J Davidson b C Davidson 13
I Masters b Allen 1
H Graydon c&b Allen 0
I Bishop lbw Howes 42
A Nurcombe not out 18
J Riley run out 0
P Hardy c Ahmed b Willoughby 3
R Cleverly not out 0
Total (8 wkts) 112
Bowling: C Willoughby 5-1-23-1; T Chambers 3-0-11-0; A Allen 5-1-9-3; A Fear 5-0-24-1; P Howes 4-0-24-1; C Davidson 3-0-12-1.
S Green st J Pantling b Bishop 7
A Fear run out 21
P Howes run out 4
C Davidson c J Pantling b Hardy 13
A Allen c Quick b Masters 29
R Turner not out 31
S Ahmed c Rowe b Masters 0
J Davidson not out 0
Total (6 wkts) 113