Weston fall just one run short of target

PUBLISHED: 09:41 15 June 2012

Chris Davidson.

Chris Davidson.

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Weston fell short by just one run in their latest match against Westbury.

WESTON travelled to Westbury looking to get back to winning ways after losing last week and were on the receiving end of a defeat by the narrowest possible margin.

After winning the toss and fielding first, Weston got off to a good start with Tom Main and Sean Stringer removing the openers within the first five overs. Wiltshire captain Joe Breet and Ibrahim rebuilt the innings before Ashley Allen removed Ibrahim (26).

With Allen proving at times unplayable, stand-in captain Sam Trego brought his off spin into the attack. With runs difficult to find, the spin duo ripped through the middle order.

When Allen took his second wicket courtesy of a sharp stumping from John Davidson, Westbury had slipped to 90-6. With support from the tail, Breet was able to bring up a superb hundred with a switch hit, before guiding his side to 196-9, finishing unbeaten on 108.

Weston’s chase got off to a terrible start as wickets tumbled. The Westbury bowlers gave nothing away, while Gloucestershire’s David Wade charged in with a fast and accurate first spell.

At 13-4 after 10 overs, it was left to Shabil Ahmed and John Davidson to rebuild the innings. By the 30th over, the pair had grafted through a half century partnership. Breet (4-27) came on to remove Davidson for 25 and followed up with the key wicket of Ahmed for 39, sparking a mini collapse leaving Weston trailing at 115-8.

After surviving some early scares Chris Davidson watchfully ticked the scoreboard over and manipulated the strike. Needing 75 from the final eight overs, Davidson began a late charge, bringing up his half century with a six.

Tom Main (10) fell to a stunning boundary catch by Wade, by which time Weston needed 32 from the final four overs from their last pair.

Ben Main valiantly ran to ensure Davidson had the strike as he continued clubbing the Westbury attack to all parts. Needing three to win from the final ball, Davidson could only scamper a single falling one agonising run short. Davidson finished unbeaten with a brilliant 90 from 71 balls.

Intouch CRM man of the match was Chris Davidson.

WESTBURY & DISTRICT

B Whiting c Turner b Stringer 7

S Rose b T Main 3

J Breet not out 108

S Ibrahim c Turner b Allen 26

H Hawkins lbw Trego 0

M Davies-Binge c C Davidson b Trego 1

T Lucas st J Davidson b Allen 1

D Wade c Morgan b Stringer 10

M Dolman c Trego b Ahmed 6

A Carroll b T Main 11

R Oakley not out 5

Extras 18

Total (9 wkts) 196

Bowling: S Stringer 10-1-50-2; T Main 6-0-32-2; C Davidson 4-1-20-0; B Main 3-1-4-0; A Allen 10-1-26-2; S Trego 10-3-19-2; S Ahmed 7-1-38-1.

WESTON

A Fear c Breet b Wade 8

R Turner c Rose b Oakley 0

G Morgan b Wade 0

S Ahmed c Carroll b Breet 39

S Trego c Carroll b Oakley 2

J Davidson c Lucas b Breet 24

C Davidson not out 90

S Stringer c Lucas b Breet 0

A Allen c Carroll b Breet 0

T Main c Wade b Carroll 10

B Main not out 3

Extras 19

Total (9 wkts) 195

This weekend sees the 1st XI look to return to winning ways when Chippenham make the journey to Devonshire Road (1pm start), while the 2nd XI make the return journey to take on their Chippenham counterparts.

The third team play host to Fitzhead on the East Ground (2pm), and the 4th XI are home to Wembdon 4ths. As always, spectators are welcome at all games.

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