Weston romp to victory after record opening stand

PUBLISHED: 15:51 21 June 2017

Chris Davidson bowling for Weston.

Chris Davidson bowling for Weston.

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Weston registered a comprehensive victory over league strugglers Temple Cloud, set up by a record opening stand of 221.

Weston scored an emphatic win at home against league strugglers Temple Cloud on a day and a wicket made for batting.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, openers Simon Green and Andrew Fear put on an incredible 221 in 36 overs for the first wicket. This beats the previous record opening partnership of 219 dating back to 1983 between Chris Norton and Eddie Langford.

Both fell in successive overs with Green making 97 (from 90 balls) and Fear making 103 (from 120 balls), bringing Paddy Howes and Ryan Davies to the crease. They put on a quick-fire partnership of 78 before Howes fell for 39 off 27 balls in the 46th over.

At this point, Davies accelerated to 79 not out off of just 40 balls in an innings that included six fours and five huge sixes. Weston moved from 300 to 350 in just 15 balls at the end. This took Weston to 355-3 off their 50 overs, again thought to be a club record in league action.

This seemed an unassailable target from the off, with Charl Willoughby taking two wickets in successive balls with Temple Cloud’s score on just eight.

The introduction of Chris Davidson (8.1-2-19-2) in the 10th over gave excellent support at the other end. Willoughby struck regularly in his 10 overs to finish with figures of 10-1-47-7, which included a hat-trick.

Only Mortimer could offer any resistance for Temple Cloud as wickets tumbled around him, before he fell on 41 to a straightforward caught and bowled to Ash Allen.

Chris Davidson took the last wicket on the first ball of the 26th over to leave Temple Cloud all out for 99. Victory by 256 runs gave Weston maximum points with much needed bonus points for getting the opposition out for under 120.

Weston’s victory was the result of a superb performance from all the team in the field, with catches taken by Rob Turner, Green, Shabil Ahmed and both Davidson twins.

However, there were some outstanding individual performances with both the bat and ball, making the man of the match decision a tough one. Obviously Fear and Green in particular deserve huge credit for this outstanding win but for his high-quality bowling, Willoughby takes the Forte Financial man of the match award for his seven wickets.

Weston

S Green b Hamblin 97

A Fear c Gale b Head 103

R Davies not out 79

P Howes c Sheppard b Curtis 39

S Ahmed not out 8

Extras 29

Total (3 wkts) 355

Temple Cloud

S Curtis c Turner b Willoughby 4

C Forrest c Ahmed b Willoughby 14

S McHale b Willoughby 0

K Curtis c Green b Willoughby 26

A Mortimer lbw C Davidson 41

M Hackett c C Davidson b Willoughby 0

M Hamblin c Turner b Willoughby 0

M Sheppard lbw C Davidson 1

K Gale c J Davidson b Willoughby 0

R Head c&b Allen 4

S Mahoney not out 0

Extras 9

Total 99

Bowling: C Willoughby 10-1-47-7; T Chambers 4-0-16-0; C Davidson 8.1-2-19-2; A Allen 3-0-15-1.

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