Depleted seconds lose at home
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A depleted Weston seconds side lost by seven wickets to Swindon.
A DEPLETED Weston 2nd XI lost out by seven wickets to Swindon at Devonshire Road.
On winning the toss, home captain Tom Ford elected to bat and with Jalal Ahmed taking an early liking to the visiting bowlers, Weston got off to a good start. While Ahmed (49) made hay in the mid-season sunshine, wickets fell regularly at the other end until support was afforded by Sam Curley (18). With only Luke Morgan (10) reaching double figures a high score never looked likely as Weston were bowled out for 120 in the 41st over.
In reply, Stu Roberts (1-32) earned an early breakthrough. However, with a small score to chase, Swindon were always in the box seat. Despite further wickets to Declan McNulty (1-36) and Sam Goodhew (1-32), the visitors sailed over the line with 15 overs remaining.
IntouchCRM man of the match was Jalal Ahmed.
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THE 3rd XI took inexperienced team to East Huntspill in an important league game.
Returning skipper Tom Dancey won the toss and with the threat of rain decided to put Huntspill into bat.
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Neither Huntspill opening batsman had an answer for the pace and accuracy of Dan Lomax (10-1-34-2), his second wicket came thanks to a superb catch at backward point from Aaron Stone.
All Weston bowlers toiled away without little reward, apart from Rhys Crocker (8-1-36-4) and Tom Dancey (12-4-23-3), who made runs extremely difficult to come by in the middle overs.
With Huntspill finishing on an above par 178-9, this was always going to be a difficult chase for Weston.
The Weston chase started well, until former Weston player Alex Penwell removed opener Fin Mayo. The ship was steadied by Dom Mayo and Josh Knight who took the score to 65-1 before Knight was removed by a good ball.
An all too familiar batting collapse followed, with no batsman sticking around long enough to make an impact. Although 13-year-old Aniraj Sapara took the attack to Huntspill, until he was removed by a good catch on 16.
Weston were bowled out for 117 in the 35th over, meaning Huntspill took 33 points and Weston 14 in a crucial match at the bottom of the table.
Intouch CRM man of the match went to Rhys Crocker.
WITH no league fixture, the fourth team welcomed Taunton A West XI for a friendly and both teams took the opportunity to field a young side with several players making their senior debut.
Taunton won the toss and elected to bat, progressing well with runs for all the top three batsman. Weston managed to take four wickets, shared amongst the bowlers and Taunton finished on 177-5.
Weston’s reply stuttered somewhat, Taunton’s young seamers bowling an excellent tight line with wickets falling and the odd batsman getting a start and not going on.
Opener Jack Press (29) batted very well and a quick 30 from Horler gave some excitement late in the innings, but Weston fell well short and were all out for 121.
InTouchCRM man of the match went jointly to Jason Lucas and Jack Press.