Holders Shaftesbury Road progress in Stephenson Cup

Shaftsbury Road’s Dayle Grubb presents the ball to Huntspill & District captain Matt Osmond.

Shaftsbury Road’s Dayle Grubb presents the ball to Huntspill & District captain Matt Osmond who presents Player of the Match to Shaftsbury’s Road Iraq Thomas. - Credit: Tony James

Stephenson Cup first round matches took place during the opening week of the Proper Job Midweek Cricket League season.

Holders Shaftesbury Road travelled to Huntspill & District and batting first they posted a score of 188-3 with Iraq Thomas top scoring with 63.

Jake Mawford made 29 and Neil Clarke scored 30 before Robbie Maggs contributed 41 not out.

Ethan James took 2-25 before a second-wicket stand between Steve Eley (23) and Jake Randall (28) gave Huntspill hope.

But after their dismissal only Matt Counsell (29) showed any early season form as they subsided to 111 all out.

East Huntspill will play Shaftesbury Road in the next round after overcoming Cheddar in a fairly low scoring encounter. 

Batting first they scored 103-5 with Adam Harding (30) top scoring as Max Marshman took 2-14.

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Scott Harris (35) led the reply but with newcomer Callum Pope taking 2-6 and Adam Lee 2-14 off their four overs Cheddar fell 10 runs short.

Neil Coleman (52) and Lee Johns (23) helped Mark recover from an indifferent start to post 138 against Burnham-on-Sea with Matt Dibble taking 4-17 off just two eventful overs. 

But Dave Henderson (72) and Brad House (50 not out) saw Burnham reach their target with relative ease and book their progress.

The Presidents batted first against Weston and Sam Neate, in partnership with George Nuttycombe, gave them a good start.

But once they were out - Neate for 57 and Nuttycombe for 31 - the rest of the line-up failed to fire and the innings closed on 124-9. Matt Kearsy claimed three wickets for just four runs.  

Fred Bemand made 57 and Tommi Davis 32 as Weston eased to a seven-wicket win.

Newcomers Claverham travelled to Winscombe and made a bright start as openers Callum Watts (46) and Matthew Croker (40) got early runs.

The rest of the batters struggled to match the earlier scoring as George Frappell took 3-21 and the innings closed on 142-7.

Finn Mayo (29) and Oscar Browne (24) gave Winscombe early impetus before 31 from Ewan Griffiths and 40 not out from Jack Fraser secured a five-wicket win.