Weston taste defeat for the first time
PUBLISHED: 09:55 03 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:31 24 May 2010
THE wheels finally fell off for Weston as the First XI lost their 100 per cent record, losing to a dominant Bridgwater side in the latest round of the North Gear West of England Premier League at the Devonshire Road ground
THE wheels finally fell off for Weston as the First XI lost their 100 per cent record, losing to a dominant Bridgwater side in the latest round of the North Gear West of England Premier League at the Devonshire Road ground.In the top of the table clash, returning captain Gary Morgan won the toss and elected to bat despite the previous week's questionable display, and despite a swift start by Robin d'Souza and Shabil Ahmed, it took just four overs for Simon Francis to dispatch Shabil back to the clubhouse.Morgan joined d'Souza and while they appeared to settle into a good partnership, it was not long before Morgan, too, was sent back having been bowled by veteran Paul Windsor.D'Souza (34) looked like he was set firm and despite a few loose shots while he played himself in, looked on for a big total until a misunderstanding with partner Matt Kearsey saw him run out. Edd Brown suffered from the same misunderstanding and Jason Neave was bowled without an addition to the score and Weston were reeling on 75-5.Batting was slow, runs were hard to come by and despite brief flurries by Rob Tasker and Harold Booth, Dan Booth was unable to reproduce his heroics from the previous week and with wickets falling at regular intervals, Weston found themselves nine down in the 50th over.Harold and Tom Main were able to deny Bridgwater a fifth batting point, but Weston were left with a meagre total of 143 to defend. However, after last week Weston knew that anything was possible.In reply the Bridgwater batsmen Darren Read and Andrew Hallaran took no time at all to acclimatise themselves to the Weston attack and soon the ball was being dispatched to all areas of the ground and no matter what the bowlers threw at them they always seemed to find an answer.By the time Luke Parfitt had Hallaran caught by Harold, Bridgwater had already hit 60 off 13 overs, and by the time Kearsey had Hallaran's replacement Steve Davis removed, caught by Dan, Bridgwater only needed 34 runs to win off 25 overs.Harold was the only other bowler to take a wicket, having Read caught by Morgan after hitting a well deserved 50. Bridgwater hit the winning runs with 17 overs to spare and jumped over Weston to take their place at the top of the league table.