Weston enjoy excellent pre-season victory
PUBLISHED: 09:28 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:28 05 May 2017
Weston enjoyed an narrow victory over Taunton Deane in their last pre-season friendly before the league starts on Saturday.
Weston played their first match of the season at the weekend, a home friendly against Taunton Deane, and came away with a narrow win in an excellent game of cricket.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, openers Jack Press and new overseas signing Patrick Howes put on a steady 51, before Press fell for 12, caught behind when the ball clipped his glove.
Howes had partnerships of 12 with new captain Rob Turner and 35 with Chris Davidson before falling leg before for an impressive 54.
Davidson batted superbly to reach 77 off just 76 balls, but succumbed to an ambitious shot in an effort to reach his century with just three overs remaining.
The innings finished with a decent total of 213-8, especially considering some key upper order batsmen were unavailable for the match.
Taunton Deane were unfortunate to lose captain and opener, Thomas, to an ankle injury in the warm-up, but Harrison and Fraser stepped up to the mark to put on 63 for the first wicket.
Tom Chambers bowled a tight first spell and when Chris Davidson (9-0-37-2) found his rhythm and line, wickets started to tumble and the run rate slowed. Chambers (9-1-36-3) removed both openers for 30 and 31 respectively and Davidson and Howes also struck as four wickets fell with just 20 runs added.
Howes impressed with the ball as well, finishing with figures of 9-1-40-2. The Deane innings was steadied by Warren (25) and Jones, who put on a 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Jones was particularly fluent, reaching 60 runs off just 46 balls and hitting some huge sixes out of the ground. Some lapses in the field gave away some runs and cost Weston wickets, but the fielding display was encouraging for the most part.
When Jones fell to Tom Court, the innings petered out somewhat and Deane finished their 45 overs on 205-8, giving Weston an eight-run victory over a team from the division above them.
Howes made a positive impression on debut and Chambers showed that he has retained, if not improved upon, the form which saw him take 21 wickets last year in his first full season in the first XI.
With Forte Financial man of the match Chris Davidson showing a return to form with the bat, competition for places in the team could be tight this year.
Weston’s league season starts with an away match against Wellington on Saturday, with the first home league match against Minehead the following weekend.