Weston knocked out of the national cup
PUBLISHED: 10:51 08 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 24 May 2010
THE opening weekend of Weston First XI's season provided mixed results as despite easily beating Uphill Castle on Saturday, they lost to Frome in the Cockspur Cup on Sunday
THE opening weekend of Weston First XI's season provided mixed results as despite easily beating Uphill Castle on Saturday, they lost to Frome in the Cockspur Cup on Sunday.Uphill Castle fielded a scratch team, but watched as Aussie overseas player Tom Moffit proved a star with the bat as he flawlessly cruised to 71 not out, with support from Steve Cook, who despite a knee injury was a class act hitting 44 as Uphill posted 156-5 from their 40 overs.There were wickets for Tom Main (1-16), Jalal Ahmed (1-24), Shabil Ahmed (1-18), and two for Ed Brown (2-22) as all the bowlers got in vital practice for the Cockspur Cup match the following day.Shabil Ahmed and Gary Morgan then sailed to their half centuries before both retiring to let Harold Booth and John Weber finish the innings in style, as they passed the asking with eight overs to spare.Frome were a different kettle of fish, as despite a number of starts by their batsmen, but no one actually developing a big score, they still managed to post 192-7 from their 45 overs.Weston conceded too many wides. However the fielding was exceptional as Jalal Ahmed threw a direct hit run-out to dismiss David Dredge, and John Weber, acting as keeper for the day, restricted the byes to just five.Shabil Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with a return of 3-40 from his nine overs. His brother Jalal also bowled well, although he struggled with his line, and new boy Luke Parfitt was unlucky not to take a wicket, as the only other bowler to take a wicket was Matt Blamire.The Weston reply saw two quick wickets, Gary Morgan being dismissed in a most unfortunate manner where Shabil hit the ball directly back to the bowler who guided it on to the stumps to run out Morgan who was out of his crease backing up. Shabil and Harold Booth eventually settled into a good partnership, and began to accelerate the innings with some lovely tip and run shots which the Frome players never seemed to expect. However once Shabil was bowled trying to smack the ball from the ground, the lower order offered scant support to Booth who finished 44 not out as Weston collapsed to 172 all out.Man of the match without a doubt goes to Shabil for his three wickets and his 67 followed closely by Booth for his 44 not out.Weston Falcons faced newly- promoted Parveez Iqbal at home, Parveez Iqbal having been promoted every year since their 2002 inception.Winning the toss and batting first, Parveez Iqbal's openers put on 100 before Ben Dancey got the first breakthrough, not that this caused a huge problem as Rehman (51) joined Sohail (110) and they set about plundering runs to all areas of the ground before Ricky Bissex (2-43) broke the deadlock by having Rehman caught by Chris Fawcett and not long after Shahid caught by Justin Turner.There were also wickets for Fawcett, Tom Court, and captain Stu Roberts, and while there were three catches and two good run-outs the batsmen were aided by a number of spilled catches and some wayward bowling as they posted 272-8.In reply, two quick Weston wickets let the Falcons feel that the situation was dire. However, Mark Bissex in combination with Adam Nash (16), Justin Turner (15) and later young Dancey turned the situation towards respectable.Bissex was bowled on 66, while Dancey finished 34 not out and with some tail-end help by Pat Ball, Court and Ricky Bissex, the Falcons closed their innings on 180-8, a respectable score in the end.