Tom's the Main man for the Seasiders
PUBLISHED: 09:42 17 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:36 24 May 2010
ON the back of a good win against Ilminster two weeks ago, Weston's high hopes for another good victory against Frenchay were almost washed out
ON the back of a good win against Ilminster two weeks ago, Weston's high hopes for another good victory against Frenchay were almost washed out after Frenchay's ground was hit with torrential rain in the days prior to the match.Thankfully, despite the threatening clouds, play started on time but having won the toss and electing to bat Gary Morgan was probably left thinking that he had made the wrong choice as both he and Shabil Ahmed had quickly made their way back to the changing rooms having become the first two of Dannhauser's six victims.Matt Kearsey (26) and Robin d'Souza set about rebuilding the innings, but despite their good partnership, Weston found themselves languishing on 125-7. Thankfully d'Souza did not suffer from cramp this week but still suffered from a number of loose shots one of which resulted in his dismissal after a rapid but stylish 66.Jason Neave (35) played a thoughtful and sensible innings while he lost several partners quickly, but in alliance with Max Joyner mounted a recovery to give Weston a total to defend. Joyner also played prudently with the majority of his runs coming from singles as he and Neave pushed the second batting point.A cameo 12 by Luke Parfitt, who was caught from the final ball of the 50th over, meant that Weston saved themselves from being bowled out too cheaply and posted a highly defendable total of 190.Dannhauser was the most successful of the Frenchay bowlers, returning figures of 6-72 from 15 overs. However he was unable to continue his good form with his batting as Frenchay found themselves bowled out for 60, the second time that Weston have rolled over a team for less than 100 this season.In a devastating opening partnership that produced seven wickets Parfitt (4-24) and Tom Main (4-8) proved to be almost unplayable as Main took wickets with consecutive balls in his first over, getting the ball first to nip away to take out off stump to send Donaldson back and the second ball nipped in to remove the leg stump of March.Parfitt soon joined the party and matched Main delivery for delivery until Main was removed from the attack due to the bowling age restrictions. Frenchay were shattered at 18-7 from 14 overs and from then there was never a question as to the result.Joyner was introduced to the attack but found the tailenders swinging the bat as Azhar hit a lusty 22, but Joyner's replacement Kearsey soon got the measure of him and Number 11 Thomas and Frenchay were bowled out for 60 just short of the drinks break.The bowlers were indebted to the strong fielding performance which proved to be a noticeable difference between the two sides as Rob Tasker took two good catches, one at mid-on that was sailing over his head and one that was caught by the wind as it spiralled into the air, and Morgan took a catch diving low in front of him as the ball quickly died, where Frenchay dropped a number of what could be considered easy catches.This good win maintains Weston's promotion chances.