Weston seconds beaten with one ball remaining

PUBLISHED: 09:26 19 June 2015

Weston 2nd XI lost to Cheltenham in a nail-biting match with just one ball remaining.

WHILE the first team game at Cheltenham was abandoned due to the rain, Weston seconds took it to the wire in a nail-biting thriller at home, before losing out to Cheltenham from the penultimate ball.

After a night of heavy rain, Cheltenham chose to field first, a decision which looked about to backfire on them as Weston made a positive start. Despite the early loss of Dan Press, Jon Lawrence (80) and Luke Morgan (30) put on a partnership of 98 for the second wicket.

Cheltenham lacked bowling options, conceding 43 extras as Weston raced to 229-7 off their 45 overs. Matt Kearsey’s 34, as well as late hitting from Tom Dancey (20) and James Holt (14), helped Weston to a decent total.

Cheltenham openers Cropper (59) and Collier (43) put on 100 for the first wicket before both fell in quick succession. Weston hoped this would be the start of making further inroads, but it only brought Downes (66 not out) to the crease.

Bowling through persistent drizzle, Weston started to find better lines which saw the run rate drop. Dancey was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 9-1-27-1, which took the game to the final over.

Cheltenham needed five from it and James Holt was tasked with bowling it, a mis-field, a dropped catch from Dancey and a wide ball meant that Weston were resigned to only their second defeat of the season.

Teenager Dom Mayo stepped up from the third team to take over keeping duties and performed admirably in difficult conditions and Luke Morgan again showed potential.

The Forte Financial man of the match was Jon Lawrence.

WITH both the 3rd and 4th XI opposition being unable to raise sides, the two teams played out an inter-club friendly on the East Ground, with the 3rds winning with an over to spare.

Batting first, the 4th XI made 168 from their 30 overs, with Aaron Stone (35) and Alex Nicholls (38 not out) top scoring and wickets falling to Ricky Bissex (5-0-37-2), Lauren Filer (5-1-16-2), Dan Henry (3-0-18-2) and Josh Knight (3-0-11-3).

In reply, the 3rds made quick inroads with Matt Huxtable (43) and Fin Mayo (54 not out) combining well. A couple of wickets by Jody Filer (5-0-42-2), Georgia Tulip (3-2-5-1), Ben Robinson (4-0-19-1) and Jon Mayo (3-0-20-1) slowed the scoring, but with Henry (32) and Arron Hawkins (10 not out) coming to the fore, the 3rd XI sailed over the line for the loss of five wickets.

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