Luke stars for Weston Seconds

WESTON 2nds travelled to Bridgwater where the hosts won the toss and invited Weston to bat a damp wicket .

WESTON 2nds travelled to Bridgwater where the hosts won the toss and invited Weston to bat a damp wicket Rob Scanlon was first to depart, bowled by Hewson and less than an hour later, Shabil Ahmed, Mitch Smit and Andre Belcher had followed suit when the inevitable rain came after 19 overs, Weston were on 62 for 4 and it looked like being another long day. Play resumed at four o' clock and the two captains agreed to shorten the game to 41 overs a side.

Two further wickets fell before Jalal Ahmed joined Matt Humphrey for Weston's most successful partnership of the match which realised 53 runs at better than a run a ball. Jalal Ahmed was run out when the ball rebounded off the wicket-keeper's pads and dislodged the bails.

Sean Stringer joined Matt Humphrey and the quick rate of scoring resumed before Humphrey holed out in the last over for a top score of 38. Weston's innings closed on 174 for 8 wickets.

After tea, Luke Parfitt and Sean Stringer set about the Bridgwater opening batsmen and Stringer struck in his third over, clean bowling Barrett for three runs. Less than half an hour later, Luke Parfitt had trapped captain Scott Sealey leg before for eight runs and two deliveries later Weston captain Sam Curley took a tremendous catch off Luke Parfitt's bowling to remove Tom Smith for no score.

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Both Skidmore and Witts were dismissed for ducks as Bridgwater subsided to 39 for 6 off 17 overs, with Luke Parfitt accounting for four of Bridgwater's top six batsmen. Despite spirited resistance from the lower-order batsmen, the home side was bowled out in the 36th over for 83 runs.

In spite of Matt Humphrey's excellent batting and Jalal Ahmed's performance with both bat and ball, for his bowling analysis of 12-4-21-4 the Brunel Ford man of the match was Luke Parfitt.

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Weston 3rds kept their promotion hopes alive in thrilling fashion with a tie against Brislington, thanks in the main to a fine all-round performance from Justin Turner.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat on a wicket wet from the recent rain, Weston got off to a solid start thanks to Pete Lomax (14) and Mark Bissex (46) until Lomax became the first of four quick wickets for Paul Holloway (4-33).

Holloway's awkward bounce soon accounted for numbers 3, 4 and 5 and Weston found themselves in trouble at 40-4, which soon became 68-6 once Sam Poole (10) had been run out and Bissex had been stumped off a wide. It took a sensible partnership between Turner (54) and Stu Roberts (16) to turn the game back in the Falcons favour as Turner registered his first 50 of the season. Some lusty blows from Aaron Hawkins (10*) took Weston to 168-9 from their 40 overs, a score that was about par on a quickly drying and improving wicket.

In reply, Brislington found it difficult to score from the accurate opening partnership of Tom Court (2-22) and Roberts (1-17) as Weston soon found themselves in the ascendancy with Brislington limping to 55-5, additional wickets falling to Lomax (2-28).

The Falcons had not counted on Ashley Nutt (34) and Neil Peacock (66), who clawed their way back into the match on a wicket that was getting increasingly placid. With established batsmen at the crease, Brislington became favourites, but once both had been removed by Turner (4-55) it was much game on.

A quick-fire 11 from Dave Davies looked to have sealed the win for Brislington, especially as they required five runs from the last two overs with three wickets in hand. Only two were conceded from the first of those, bowled by Ricky Bissex (0-44), leaving three required off the last, to be bowled by Turner.

In clean bowling Davies, Weston saw an opportunity, and once Holloway followed in similar fashion it was down to two to win from three balls. Two wild swings and misses from Derek Robbins bought that down to two from one ball and a scrambled leg bye left the scores tied.

Brunel Ford Man of the Match goes to Justin Turner.

Winning the toss for the fourth week running, saw Weston 4ths batting first on a soft track. Runs came steadily from Jon Lawrence (33) until he became the first of of Bell's four victims behind the stumps. Kirk Middlemiss (30 from 34 balls) accelerated the run rate before falling to a caught and bowled by Iles. Weston finished posting a score of 127 which gave something to try and defend.

When Huxtable had Bell well caught Dan Lomax in the first over, Weston dared to start thinking this might be their day. By the time Huxtable had tired after five overs, Nailsea were in all sorts of trouble at 33 for 5. Things did not get any better for the Nails when Flo Broderick removed Foran and Lester in consecutive overs and Dan Lomax removed Iles in the next leaving the Nails at 71 for 8. Enter Josh Knight, and four balls later the last two had departed, wrapping up a 56-run victory.

Brunel Ford Man of the Match goes to Kirk Middlemiss for his quick fire 30.

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