Weston victory denied by the rain

PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:46 24 May 2010

WESTON 1st XI were disappointed last week when a sure-fire victory against Lansdown was ruined by two helicopters landing and the rain setting in

WESTON 1st XI were disappointed last week when a sure-fire victory against Lansdown was ruined by two helicopters landing and the rain setting in. In a dejˆ vu situation from last year Weston found themselves bowling first and instantly Tom Main returned Barker and Alban to the clubhouse.Captain Jeremy Dean and Wiig put together a good 50-run partnership, but the introduction of Robin d'Souza and Mike Munday resulted in eight wickets for just 19 runs as Lansdown suffered a complete batting collapse.D'Souza completed his third five-wicket haul as the batsmen lost their heads and found him completely unplayable. Once Munday found his stride, he too was unplayable and returned figures of 3-23 while d'Souza conceded just 21 runs from his 10 overs.Lansdown were bowled out for 87, thanks also to a number of good catches by Rob Turner, d'Souza, Edd Brown, Gary Morgan and Matt Kearsey. The first innings was over so quickly that Weston elected to play on before tea but with that they were informed that two helicopters were coming into land and not long after the heavens opened. Despite the umpires trying to get play going it was obvious that no more play was possible as despite the rain relenting the pitch refused to dry enough to be safe to play on again.The situation played into Weston's hands when they discovered that third place Bristol had lost and that Bridgwater's game was also abandoned.

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