Cricket: First match went pear-shaped says Weston coach Trego

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 May 2019

Shabil Ahmed batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Shabil Ahmed batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Sam Trego says Weston's opening day clash with North Perrott went 'pear-shaped' after his side lost by 53 runs.

Will Whittle batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONWill Whittle batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Having elected to bowl first, Weston saw Perrott reach 211 as captain Jake Symes scored 68.

And after starting the game with four under-19s, the hosts were bowled out for 158, but despite defeat Trego felt his side had made an encouraging start to the game.

"I thought we fielded really well for 40 overs and then it went a little pear-shaped, obviously the batting didn't happen for us," he said.

"It's the first game of the season, let's not get to hung up on the result we can come back stronger over the next few weeks."

Shabil Ahmed batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot.    Picture: MARK ATHERTONShabil Ahmed batting for Weston in their match against North Perrot. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

First-team coach and groundsman Trego was full of praise for the away side.

"You've got to give credit to North Perrott, they turned up with a game plan, we had our game plan at the start of the day and things didn't quite work out," he added.

"I thought we bowled really well in the first 35/40 overs but North Perrott with wickets in hand got probably 20/30 more than we expected.

"Chasing 211 we would have settled for that at the start of the game. Unfortunately batting second, we didn't bat really well losing wickets quite regularly and then at the end it was probably a bit too much at 7-8 an over for the middle/late order to chase and credit to North Perrott they played well."

With the likes of Rob Turner and Peter Trego, who have over 20,000 first-class runs between them, scheduled to play in the next few weeks, Trego stressed the importance of having experience back in the side.

"You can't buy that sort of experience, but it needs the youngsters to actually listen to these guys and it's also my job as coach to make sure they are listening to our pros and ex-pros," he added.

"So having the experience back over the next few weeks will help us, but we are a strong enough team and we will get though this.

"These youngsters are good enough to play in the first team but with two or three games under their belt in the first XI, it's probably just a bit too much at the moment. Hopefully having a few more seniors back we will be stronger and fine for the rest of the season."

Weston travel to Midsomer Norton this weekend.

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