Weston seconds race to a comfortable victory

PUBLISHED: 09:21 22 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:21 22 July 2016

Weston seconds easily defeated Shapwick and Polden to gain ground on the top two teams in the division.

Weston 2nd XI travelled to Shapwick and Polden looking to gain ground on the top two.

After losing the toss, Weston were asked to bowl and Tom Court found his line and length from ball one and was rewarded early with a wicket in his first over.

The hosts never looked like building a total and with James Holt (2-29) and Sam Goodhew (0-23) bowling tightly, the pressure started to build on the middle order.

Tahmid Ahmed (3-31) was able to capitalise and Court returned to rip through the tail and finish with 5-20. Shapwick ended up with 144 after being bowled out in the 42nd over.

Weston’s response started strongly with Tom Ford (53) and Jack Press (26) racing along aided by some wayward bowling from the hosts’ openers.

Both Weston batsmen looked comfortable and it wasn’t until the 17th over that the first wicket fell with the score on 98. Despite two quick wickets falling and Shapwick’s spinners finally finding some control, Will Whitell (21 not out) and Jon Lambert (17 not out) managed to see Weston home in the 30th over.

Forte Financial man of the match was Tom Court.

The 3rd XI’s latest league fixture saw them host Temple Cloud and with strong availability across the club gave the team a more experienced look.

The visitor’s chose to bat first having won the toss and Weston’s five-man bowling attack worked hard, but chances were few and far between.

Fin Mayo (1-56) found the breakthrough, but Comer (86) and Hayden (48) played sensibly throughout the innings in taking the score to 232-3 from 40 overs. Justin Turner finished with 2-38 from his eight overs.

In reply, Weston lost two wickets with just 34 on the board. However, captain Dom Mayo along with brother Fin (37), rebuilt the innings well, before three wickets fell quickly.

Matt Knight (39) came in looking to hit boundaries straight away and when he and Mayo were rotating the strike well, the target was in sight.

The dismissal of Mayo one run after completing his maiden century changed the game however, with accurate bowling and good catching from the visitors, meaning they finished as victors by 12 runs, as the home team finished on 220.

Forte Financial man of the match was Dom Mayo.

The fourth team made the journey to Broadway & Horton for a friendly in the absence of a league game, and were defeated by 29 runs, despite a spirited performance from a young team.

Batting first after winning the toss, the home side racked up 172 with wickets being shared by the Weston attack, Georgia Tulip (2-11) and Kieran Tasker (2-12) the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Weston were aided by some wayward bowling, but with nobody able to build on good starts, only Josh Hussey (24), Tom Bailey (15) and Mateuloh Abed (17) made double figures as Weston were all out for 143, extras top scoring with 51.

Forte Financial player of the match went to Georgia Tulip.

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