Weston second string suffer heavy defeat

PUBLISHED: 09:37 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 May 2017

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Weston 2nd XI suffered a heavy defeat at home to a strong Purnell 1st XI side.

A young Weston 2nd XI entertained a strong Purnell 1st XI side at home and suffered a heavy defeat.

New skipper Tom Dancey lost the toss and the Weston were asked to field. Tom Court (9-1-42-1) and Alex Leeks (7-0-41-1) were handed the new ball and both bowled well to a strong opening pair in difficult windy conditions.

Dec Redwood looked to punish anything slightly offline and quickly raced to 27 before a bowling change brought Paul Stringer (9-0-53-1) into the attack who beat Redwood for pace with his fourth ball.

Court got into the act, bowling the other opener Brookes with a yorker. With James Holt (9-0-44-3) bowling well, Weston continued to take wickets, but at the other end Court Redwood, after being dropped on eight, made the Weston side pay with an exceptional innings of 112 before being caught from the last ball of the innings.

With the help of Redwood, Purnell posted an imposing 244-7 from their 45 overs.

Weston openers Will Whitell (21) and Matt Huxtable (26) got Weston off to an excellent start putting on 60 for the first wicket in speedy fashion. However, the loss of Whitell was the catalyst for a huge collapse and Weston crumbled to 104 all out from only 28 overs, with only Sam Goodhew (10) and Stringer (14) making double figures.

Forte Financial man of the match was James Holt.

The 3rd XI got their league season off to a winning start when they hosted Shapwick & Polden 3rds.

The home team won the toss and chose to field first. The Shapwick openers made a solid start and looked to post a big score for the home team to chase.

However, some excellent bowling from openers Georgia Tulip (4-28) and Rhys Crocker (3-24) left the visitors reeling at 38-8. The lower order battled hard to improve the score, and Shapwick eventually reached 82 all out, further wickets falling to George Bemand (3.3-0-10-1) and Fin Mayo (3-0-15-1).

The Weston openers Dom Mayo (27) and Max Brown (26) went hard from the off to chase down the target, and quickly reached 40-0.

A couple of quick wickets briefly raised Shapwick hopes, but some solid mid order batting, notably from the returning Harry Wiseman (16*) saw Weston home for a comfortable six-wicket win.

Forte Financial player of the match went to Georgia Tulip.

Weston’s 4th XI came unstuck at Purnell 2nds, losing out by 77 runs.

Up against a team who were in a higher division last season, the Weston bowlers battled hard and stuck to their task well. However, they had no answer to Paul Hewish’s 77 and the rest of the Purnell batsmen as they racked up 236-6 from their 40 overs.

The wickets were shared between Bayley Frise (4-1-23-1), Terry Horler (8-0-48-2) and Ian Smith (8-0-26-1).

In reply, Weston recovered from the early losses of Josh Hussey and Fred Bemand, with Jamie Dance (16) and Jon Mayo (58) leading a mini-recovery. With Chris Pack (10) joining Mayo, Weston briefly looked in with a chance.

However, regular wickets continued to fall, with only Justin Turner (27) making double figures Weston fell well short, being all out for 159.

Forte Financial man of the match was Jon Mayo.

This weekend, Weston’s 1st XI play their first home game of the new season when they host Minehead at Devonshire Road (1pm start). The seconds travel to play their Shapwick & Polden counterparts, with the 3rds also on their travels to Winscombe 2nds. The 4th XI are at home to Bridgwater Sports, while in an addition for this season, the newly formed 5th XI play their first game of the season at home against Shapwick & Polden 4ths.

This is the first time in living memory that the club has been able to regularly field five sides on a Saturday and reflects well on the work being done throughout the club.

As always, new players of all standards will be made most welcome, with further details available on the club website – www.wsmcc.co.uk – as well as via Facebook or Twitter.

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