Weston finish on a high note

PUBLISHED: 09:47 07 September 2012

Weston 2nd XI.

Weston 2nd XI.

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Weston finished their season in style, beating Thornbury to claim fourth spot in the league.

WESTON travelled to Thornbury for their final game of the season, hoping to seal fourth place.

Losing the toss on a wet wicket, Weston got off to a flying start with Sam Trego scoring a half century inside the first 10 overs. Trego fell for 71 taking the score to 89-3.

John Williams and Rob Turner steadied the ship and began playing with ease as the pair put on 85. Turner fell for 35 which sparked a collapse with Williams falling for a superb run-a-ball 66. Despite this, Weston closed on 248.

Thornbury began their innings with Davis punishing anything loose. Tom Main removed his off stump and the dangerous Willis-Stovold followed soon after lbw to Andy Fear. Trego entered the attack and immediately picked up a wicket, reducing Thornbury to 59-3.

Weston had the opportunity to kill the game off, but four dropped catches allowed Trottman (43) and Caple (42) to even the contest.

It took an excellent piece of glove work from Turner to account for Trottman and with the game still in the balance spinners Allen (4-56) and Ahmed (2-17) ripped through the lower order, leaving man of the mMatch Trego to pick up the final Thornbury wicket to seal a 73 run win.

In a season containing three last-ball defeats, Weston will be satisfied with their fourth place finish. However, the rebuilt side will be aiming to challenge for promotion back to Premier One next season.

Thanks from all the playing squad go to Carol Morgan for the excellent teas provided every week, groundsman Jon Lawrence and a special mention for captain Adam Davies for his outstanding contribution this season. Final thanks goes to sponsors IntouchCRM for their support.

The second team finished the season with a comfortable victory over Thornbury to clinch the Premier Two league title.

Having won the toss and electing to bat, Thornbury were soon in trouble against Sean Stringer (7-2-10-3) and Tom Court (6-2-19-0) and limped to 20-2 from 10 overs. However, with the introduction of Jalal Ahmed and Ben Curley (6-3-8-4) things went from bad to worse for Thornbury as they slumped to 26-7.

There was brief resistance from the tailenders, but two wickets in one over from Matt Kearsey ended the Thornbury innings in the 26th over for just 58. Excellent bowling was supported by good catching most notably from Mitch Smit, Tom Court and Andy Logan.

In reply, Weston lost Tom Ford in the first over, but a good partnership between Sam Curley (15 not out) and Smit (17) took Weston to the brink of victory. There was a flurry of lost wickets with only four runs required, but Curley kept his nerve and with Ahmed secured the runs required to win the game by five wickets.

Sunday saw the inaugural T20 match between the fourth team and the ladies XI.

Things started well for the ladies when Luke Morgan was removed with the score on 18. Harry Wiseman then joined Jon Lawrence before Lawrence was retired with 54 off 33 balls.

The fun started when Alice Wiseman removed her brother Harry leg before and then bowled Josh Hussey in her next over finishing with 2-16. Alice Skinner ripped through the rest of the middle order taking 3-1, her dad being a spoilsport stopped her getting a hat-trick.

Terry Horler joined in with a rapid 52 (from 25 balls) to leave the 4ths with a credible 145 from their 20 overs.

The ladies started steadily until Tedder was run out on 13 by Horler. Tulip forgot it was a T20 match and plodded along taking nine from 31 balls, leaving Roxy Newman with a lot to do.

She attacked the bowling taking nine from 12 balls before becoming Horler’s only wicket. With the men finding few ways past the ladies defences, the innings finished on 66-4.

Man of the match went to Alice Skinner.

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