Weston dodge the rain to maintain top position

PUBLISHED: 09:40 28 July 2017

Rob Turner batting for Weston.

Rob Turner batting for Weston.

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Weston maintained their position at the top of the WEPL Somerset Division with a six-wicket victory at Staplegrove.

Weston managed to dodge the rain and maintain their position at the top of the WEPL Somerset Divison with a six-wicket victory at Staplegrove.

In a game reduced to 44 overs per side due to rain, Weston had little hesitation in winning the toss and asking their hosts to bat in tricky conditions.

The bowlers made hay as Charl Willoughby, Tom Chambers, Patrick Howes and Chris Davidson all took wickets, despite the best efforts of Paul Oliver who made a good 60 for Staplegrove. The Taunton-based side ended their innings on 148-9.

In reply, Andy Fear (27) and Tom Ford (18) got Weston off to a good start. A burst of wickets through the top order led by Ian Bishop instilled some nerves.

However, with the experience of captain Rob Turner joining Shabel Ahmed, Weston romped home with some comfort in the end, increasing their advantage over second-placed North Perrott who were not able to pick up as many bonus points in their win over Wellington.

Forte Financial man of the match went to Charl Willoughby.

This weekend sees the season’s pivotal game against North Perrott at Devonshire Road, starting at 12.30pm. All spectators are welcomed for the biggest game of the season so far.

Staplegrove

T Pantling lbw Willoughby 0

Jake Pantling run out 4

Joe Pantling lbw Howes 24

R Rowe c Turner b Chambers 4

P Oliver c J Davidson b C Willoughby 60

M Dimond lbw Howes 22

I Bishop c C Davidson b Willoughby 0

A Nurcombe st J Davidson b C Davidson 5

H Graydon st J Davidson b C Davidson 0

P Horton not out 12

R Cleverly not out 2

Extras 15

Total (9 wkts) 148

Bowling: C Willoughby 9-2-26-3; T Chambers 6-1-22-1; A Fear 9-1-24-0; A Allen 9-0-28-0; P Howes 7-1-23-2; C Davidson 4-0-21-2.

Weston

A Fear b T Pantling 27

T Ford b Bishop 18

S Ahmed not out 35

P Howes lbw Bishop 15

C Davidson lbw Pantling 0

R Turner not out 33

Extras 23

Total (4 wkts) 151

League table

W L Pts

Weston 11 1 226

North Perrott 11 1 215

Wembdon 7 5 168

Bridgwater 7 5 155

North Petherton 5 6 134

Staplegrove 4 8 120

Chard 4 7 116

Minehead 4 8 107

Wellington 3 9 98

Temple Cloud 2 8 97

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