Winscombe ease into national cup round two

PUBLISHED: 10:49 08 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:14 24 May 2010

WINSCOMBE, entering the National Knockout Cup for the first time, had a comfortable 10-wicket win at home to Bath Exiles. Asking Exiles to bat, Winscombe's bowlers dominated from the start with Jerry Ham (9-5-6-3) and Iain Fraser (9-2-35-2) reducing them

WINSCOMBE, entering the National Knockout Cup for the first time, had a comfortable 10-wicket win at home to Bath Exiles.Asking Exiles to bat, Winscombe's bowlers dominated from the start with Jerry Ham (9-5-6-3) and Iain Fraser (9-2-35-2) reducing them to 40-5. Winscombe's change bowlers Alan Hunt (6-0-24-3) and Neil Pollard (6-2-12-1) continued the good work as Exiles struggled to 79 all out in the 30th over.Winscombe's openers in reply wasted no time in knocking the runs off with Matt Lunn hitting 54 not out and Ross Toohey 22 not out as they secured victory in the eleventh over. Winscombe's opponents in the next round will be Corsham at home.Winscombe start their league season off tomorrow (Sat) with a home game against Knowle in the Bristol and Somerset WEPL Division.Winscombe (180-8) lost to Congresbury (183-7) by seven wickets in their final warm-up game of the season.Electing to bat, Winscombe's opening pair of Jerry Ham and Matt Lunn made a cautious start against some steady Congresbury bowling and it was not long until Ham opened his shoulders and crashed nine fours in his innings of 38 before he was bowled with the score at 77.Winscombe stumbled as they were reduced to 98-4 before Neil Pollard joined Lunn and they put on 40 for the seventh wicket before Pollard was bowled for 17.Andy Mayne and James Rutherford gave Lunn good support in the last few overs as Winscombe reached 180-8 with Lunn finally out in the last over for 77.In reply, Congresbury started off well before Merv Brean (1-13) and Brad Loveluck (1-33) dismissed both openers in quick succession. Accurate bowling by Neil Pollard (2-38) and Jerry Ham (2-10) saw Congrebury reduced to 80-6.Greg Lewis (63 not out) took on the Winscombe bowlers, striking several boundaries as he took Congresbury to victory by three wickets with four overs to spare.

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