Winscombe move back into the promotion race

PUBLISHED: 11:16 21 July 2017

Chris Clough bowling for Winscombe.

Chris Clough bowling for Winscombe.

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Despite a loss and one victory, Winscombe moved back into the promotion places.

After making the short trip to Burnham, Winscombe lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

The Winscombe openers put on 54 before Rob Shephard (27) was dismissed. On a pitch with some inconsistent bounce, Mike Hayes (68) coped well and was supported by a maiden league fifty from Tom Hall (52), including scooped and reverse-swept boundaries.

Rob Bradley’s aggressive approach then helped to take the total on to an impressive 236-6.

After chasing a similar score in the first game of the season, Burnham started well in reply, aided by some inconsistent bowling.

Wickets for Chris Clough (1-20) and the accurate Matt Lunn (1-35) helped to peg Burnham back before Mike Coe and Jory Cureton each took a wicket to keep the game in the balance.

However, Burnham captain Driver (85 not out) again judged the chase to perfection and led his side to victory in the last over by five wickets. A disappointing day for Winscombe, but they are still in contention at the top end of the table.

Winscombe 204

Purnells 157

Winscombe won the toss against Purnells and again batted first.

However, things did not go to plan as they lost regular wickets in falling to 117-7, despite the excellent strokes played by Ben Goodrum (47), marking his 100th first team league appearance.

Winscombe’s strong lower order came into its own as Michael Hayes (26), Mike Coe (24) and Dan Kennedy (26 not out) lifted the score to 204 before Winscombe were dismissed.

As the drizzle that had been hanging around became heavier, Winscombe made early inroads, with Chris Clough (2-20) consistently threatening. Matt Lunn (1-21) tightened the screw before other wickets were claimed by Jory Cureton (3-40), Rob Bradley (1-23), Tom Hall (1-40) and Coe (1-12).

Purnells dismissal for 157 meant Winscombe gained points on their rivals and again rose into the promotion places.

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