Fear century sets up Weston victory
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An unbeaten century by Andy Fear set up a comfortable victory for Weston over visitors Warminster.
WESTON welcomed Warminster to Devonshire Road in their third Premier Two fixture.
Winning the toss, Chris Davidson elected to bat first and openers Sam Trego and Andy Fear set about building a total. When Trego fell for 39, Weston had reached 47 with the in-form Shabil Ahmed now at the crease.
The pair were able to push ones and two’s with ease and in quick succession both batters brought up their half centuries and the 100 partnership before Ahmed fell to Cullinan for 62.
Looking to accelerate, the middle order fell cheaply with Ed Brown, Chris Davidson and Gary Morgan all falling for single figures. With Fear now the aggressor, John Davidson (10 not out) sensibly rotated the strike.
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A towering six took Fear into the 90s and in the final over, two boundaries helped him to a magnificent 100, finishing the innings on 104 not out from 129 balls and in the process taking the total to 243-5.
Warminster stuck to the task well conceding just eight extras, but the top order did not allow any of the bowlers to settle in.
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Despite Somerset’s Gemaal Hussain beating the bat on numerous occasions, it was Tom Main that made the breakthrough in the sixth over, having Coxon-Tenty caught at mid-off, and in his next over had dangerman Underdown well caught by wicket keeper John Davidson.
Hussain continued to trouble the batsman without luck. Spin twins Trego and Ash Allen joined the attack and squeezed the run rate. Trego removed visiting captain Davie caught and bowled before having Lundqvist snaffled by Fear.
With Slade (31) making the most of his good fortune and Richard Davie determined not to give his wicket away, it took a boundary run out from Trego to break the partnership and at the halfway point Warminster were struggling at 76-5.
Slade and Bateman (40 not out) took the score past 100 before John Davidson sharply stumped Slade after Trego (10-2-25-4) beat him with the flight. Another Trego wicket reduced the visitors to 106-7.
Hussain (10-0-29-0) returned for a second luckless spell as he beat the bat time after time. Ahmed took a deserved wicket and Brown removed the final two batsmen to end the innings on 152 and a 91-run victory for Weston.
This was another excellent performance from Weston, picking up 20 points in the process. Despite excellent all-round performances by Trego and Ahmed, the IntouchCRM man of the match went to Andy Fear.
S Trego c Slade b Lundqvist 39
A Fear not out 104
S Ahmed b Cullinan 62
E Brown b Cullinan 5
C Davidson c Davie b Crabtree 6
G Morgan b Davie 9
J Davidson not out 10
Total (5 wkts) 243
R Underdown c J Davidson b Main 15
M Coxon-Tenty c Morgan b Main 15
T Lundqvist c Fear b Trego 6
T Davie c & b Trego 6
G Slade st J Davidson b Trego 31
R Davie run out 2
D Bateman not out 40
J Haine c Morgan b Trego 1
R Cullinan b Ahmed 11
C Crabtree c Main b Brown 10
J Powell c Ahmed b Brown 0
Bowling: G Hussain 10-0-29-0; T Main 9-1-35-2; S Trego 10-3-25-4; A Allen 10-3-28-0; S Ahmed 7-0-23-1; E Brown 1.5-0-10-2.
This weekend sees the first XI make the short journey to Glastonbury (12.30pm start), while the 2nds host their Bristol counterparts at Devonshire Road (1.30pm). The thirds travel to Mark 1sts, whilst the 4ths host Mark 2nds (both 2pm).
On Sunday, the Sunday League XI travel to Long Ashton (2pm), while cricket at Devonshire Road comes in the shape of the ladies XI, who play host to Essex touring side Wanstead & Snaresbrook. As always, spectators are welcome at all games.