Weston stretch their lead at the top of the table

PUBLISHED: 09:19 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 14 July 2017

Andy Fear bowling for Weston.

Andy Fear bowling for Weston.

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Weston 1st XI remain top of the league after defeating Wellington by 106 runs.

Weston 1st XI continued their winning streak, beating Wellington by 106 runs.

Having elected to bat, Weston amassed 264-3 before declaring after 45 overs. This gave the home side the possibility of gaining an extra two points should they win the game.

The outstanding highlights of the Weston innings came from Andy Fear (100) and Ryan Davies (106 not out). This is back-to-back hundreds for these two players having both scored centuries in their previous game.

Fear, having missed two weeks for the birth of his baby daughter, seemed to suffer no effects from lack of sleep as he caressed the ball to all parts of the field. In addition, a quickfire 23 from Chris Davidson helped set up the early declaration.

Wellington lost an early wicket to the probing Charl Willoughby, but a partnership of 55 between Hyne and Sparks got them back on track.

Ashley Allen struck a crucial blow and from that point Wellington lost wickets at regular intervals and never looked like threatening Weston’s total. Sparks continued his solid innings and was finally bowled by Davidson for 98.

Allen and Willoughby bowled highly impressively taking three wickets each with Shabel Ahmed and Paddy Howes the other wicket-takers. Quality catches from John Davidson and Howes also contributed to Wellington’s downfall as their innings ended on 158.

Weston increased their points gap on second-placed North Perrott to 11 and go into Saturday’s game away at Minehead looking to further solidify top spot. With only one team promoted, it promises to be a tense and exciting run-in to the end of the season.

Forte Financial man of the match was Andy Fear. He managed to push the run rate up as he accelerated from 50 to 100, enabling Weston to gain the important two extra points from this game.

Weston

S Green b Desave 7

A Fear c Evett b Campbell 100

R Davies not out 106

C Davidson b Derrick 23

P Howes not out 6

Extras 28

Total (3 wkts) 264

Wellington

K Hine b Allen 13

R Davies c J Davidson b Willoughby 2

A Sparks b C Davidson 98

A Campbell c J Davidson b Allen 0

B Evett lbw Ahmed 9

L Desave c Howes b Ahmed 3

A Latifi c Howes b Willoughby 6

J Beal c Turner b Willoughby 3

R Moysey b Howes 0

R Adams c C Davidson b Allen 14

W Derrick not out 0

Extras 10

Total 158

Bowling: C Willoughby 9-2-15-3; C Davidson 6-0-45-1; A Allen 7.1-1-21-3; A Leeks 6-0-16-0; S Ahmed 3-0-21-2; P Howes 7-1-36-1.

League table

P W L Pts

Weston 10 9 1 188

North Perrott 10 9 1 177

Wembdon 10 6 4 145

Bridgwater 10 6 4 133

North Petherton 10 4 6 105

Minehead 10 4 6 98

Wellington 10 3 7 96

Staplegrove 10 3 7 95

Chard 10 3 6 92

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