Weston make league leaders work hard for their victory

PUBLISHED: 15:37 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:37 08 August 2018

Alex Leeks trying to stump a Lansdown player.

Alex Leeks trying to stump a Lansdown player.

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League leaders Lansdown were made to work hard for their victory over Weston.

Weston First XI were involved in a close match with top of the table Lansdown at home.

Having lost the loss and been put into bat, Weston got off to a shaky start, with captain Rob Turner falling for 16 in the seventh over. Jack Press and Ben Gully batted steadily to put on 98 for the second wicket before Press fell lbw for 47 with the score on 123.

Gully fell shortly after for 36 and Sam Goodhew soon followed for 10. Chris Davidson and Ashley Allen put on 40 for the fifth wicket, with Allen falling for 22 off 29 deliveries.

A nine-ball cameo from Matt Huxtable (11), took the score to 217 and Davidson, supported by Alex Leeks (6 not out off three balls) reached his 50 off the penultimate ball of the innings.

Weston finished on a respectable 228-6 off their 50 overs, especially when you take into account that the team featured only five of the players who played in the away match against Lansdown earlier in the season.

Lansdown came out swinging, with Thorpe hitting 25 off just 11 balls before being caught by Gully off the bowling of Leeks (8-1-53-1).

An 111-run partnership for the second wicket between Jordan Price and keeper Allen looked to win Lansdown the game, before Allen (56) was superbly run out by a quick reaction from Charl Willoughby off his own bowling.

Willoughby (10-1-37-2) struck again with the last ball of his over to remove Jordan Smith for 46, leaving Lansdown on 141-3. Hooper (20) and Veal (10) rebuilt slightly, but Veal then left a ball from Goodhew that took the top of the stump.

This brought Henly to the crease and his quickfire 47 off 42 deliveries, including five fours and three huge sixes took the game beyond Weston, despite Allen (10-2-45-2) taking two wickets, an lbw and a caught and bowled.

At the other end, Willoughby and Davidson took wickets with the score on 227, but with Weston needing two wickets and Lansdown only needing two runs, the odds were in their favour and a four from captain Josh Price, saw Lansdown to victory with 3.5 overs to spare.

Weston should be pleased with their batting performance, but two dropped catches could have proved vital, especially as one of the drops was Henly before he had scored.

Weston are away to Bishopston on Saturday, looking to build on this week’s positive, if ultimately disappointing, performance.

The Forte Financial man of the match was Chris Davidson.

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