Emma finishes just short of a century

Weston ladies easily beat Wembdon, with batsman Emma Whitehead scoring 97 not out.

WESTON ladies managed to beat the weather and play their last home league match of the season against Wembdon and make it a hat-trick of home wins.

Weston skipper Roxy Newman won the toss for only the second time this season and elected to bat.

A combination of playing on an artificial wicket for the first time in over five years, slow paced bowling and a wet outfield meant boundaries were few and far between. Openers Emma Whitehead and Alice Wiseman had to work hard and both had to concentrate hard due to the amount of extras being bowled (78).

Wiseman retired in the 31st over having hit a boundary to seal her first-ever half century (51*) and with the scoreboard being on 193. Sarah Tedder was soon run out, leaving Whitehead just shy of a century (97 not out) as Weston finished on 250-1.

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After tea, Newman opted to give everyone a chance to bowl. Opening with regulars Emilia Taylor and Josie Smith, Taylor took two wickets in her first over, while Smith bowled a good line and length.

Usual wicketkeeper Dannie Smith took over from Taylor and finished with figures of 2-0-10-0. Vice-captain Helen Clough also bowled well at the other end, but also ended wicketless (2-0-11-0).

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Sophie Marks took over from Stone and bowling for the first time in a match took a wicket and there was a run out by Newman during her spell as Marks ended with 2-0-10-1. At the other end, regular bowler Georgia Tulip took a wicket and finished with figures of 2-0-5-1.

After 12 overs, Wembdon were 46-5. Sam Evans (2-0-3-0) and Tedder (2-0-6-0) were brought into the attack and bowled well without taking wickets. This brought Whitehead and Newman into the attack and there was a run out by Tedder and Newman bowled three in her two over spell ending with figures of 2-0-3-3 and Whitehead 2-2-0-0.

Newman then started the bowling attack cycle again, but it only lasted one ball with Taylor taking the last wicket to finish with figures of 2.1-1-2-2 and Wembdon all out for 60.

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