Maiden century for Rob

WESTON turned the tables on Knowle with a comprehensive 179-run victory at Broadwalk.

WESTON turned the tables on Knowle with a comprehensive 179-run victory at Broadwalk.

After winning another toss, Weston captain John Williams elected to bat first, with Gary Morgan and Rob Holman returning to the side after brief absences.

Runs came free and fast as Chishimba (2-83) in particular failed to find the previous week's form, however he was able to account for Weston's in-form Edd Brown, well caught behind by Matt Wilson for just seven. This brought Holman to the crease to join Morgan, and after a scratchy start he soon hit his stride, and both batsmen began to find the boundary with increased frequency.

The second-wicket partnership looked solid as Morgan and Holman matched each other shot for shot, and brought up their half centuries within minutes of each other, only to be spoiled when Morgan gave Wilson his second catch of the day off Chishimba for a well played 78. Weston were in the driving seat at 181-2 with 10 overs still to play.


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Robin d'Souza's time at the crease was short lived, but a spritely 21 from Williams saw Weston to maximum batting points, and Chris Abbey's (22 not out) entrance supported Holman (118 not out) to his maiden Weston century as the innings closed on 281-4, even long-term Weston foe Courtney Ricketts failed to spoil the party.

In reply, the Weston opening bowlers of d'Souza and Ben Main found their rhythm quickly, and despite a couple of expensive overs from Main, kept the run rate down and frustrated the batsmen, with both Knowle captain Steve Milton, and overseas player Peter Dein falling to Main in the first 10 overs.

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A stunning catch from Chris Abbey at silly mid off of the bowling of d'Souza accounted for Hussain and heralded a batting collapse almost on par with Weston's the previous week as an 11-over spell from Andy Fear accounted for the middle order, as he finished with four wickets for just 23 runs.

His bowling partner Matt Kearsey conceded just eight runs off his eight overs but remained wicketless as Williams turned to Brown to encourage the batsmen to hit out.

As hoped Brown accounted for Bendall (19) who was caught on the third attempt by Tom Main, who then removed Courtney Ricketts to leave Knowle on 92-9. Knowle were only able to add another 10 runs to the score before Horwood edged a difficult chance to Ben Main at gully and Weston recorded a valuable 32 points from the encounter.

Next week Weston are away to Bristol, while the 2nd XI host Keynsham starting at 1.45pm, the 3rd XI host Knowle West starting at 2pm and the Eaglets travel out to play Keynsham 4th XI.

Weston 2nds played host to Taunton Deane 2nd XI, to whom they had lost narrowly by a mere three wickets the week before.

Taunton Deane won the toss and elected to bat. Keitch, the opening batsman, was clean bowled by Tom Court in only his second over and Ashley Allen had Pantling leg before for only six, after he had occupied the crease for more than half an hour.

Deane's captain, Trepass, was bowled by Freddy Gabbitas on his d�but for Weston and Allen dismissed the Taunton wicket-keeper, Hewton, caught and bowled. After Rob Scanlon caught Barry Jones off the bowling of Gabbitas for a duck, Taunton Deane enjoyed their highest partnership of 76 for the sixth wicket.

Eventually, Squire was caught behind by Will Whittle off the bowling of Luke Parfitt, who bowled well but with little luck. All the Weston bowlers enjoyed some measure of success, each taking at least one wicket, and Taunton Deane closed their innings on a challenging 236 for 9 wickets from their 45 overs.

In reply, Scanlon and Harold Booth put on more than a half century for the first wicket before Scanlon (36) was given out leg before. Mitch Smit, who is recovering from a broken leg, fell leg before to the spin bowling of Thomas, who also accounted for the wickets of Sam Curley (7) and Booth, who top scored with 55.

Their departures in the same over left Weston behind the required rate and their middle order batsmen tried but were unable to accelerate the rate of scoring, Gabbitas concluding a fine d�but with 30 not out.

As a result, Taunton Deane recorded their second win of the season over Weston, this time by 63 runs. In view of his three wickets and a score of 30 not out, Brunel Ford man of the match was Freddy Gabbitas.

Weston 3rds failed to continue their momentum from winning their previous games, losing by six wickets at relegation threatened Bristol 3rds.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Weston got off to a great start thanks to the experienced opening partnership of Pete Lomax (39) and Mark Bissex (30), finding themselves 79-0 in the 15th over. Four quick wickets, including last week's man in form Matt Rihan for four and Andr� Belcher unluckily run out backing up, soon swung the game back in Bristol's favour, which left the Falcons 104-4 at drinks.

Matt Blamire (25) and Tom Dancey (11) got starts before being tempted by the short boundaries so it was left to 15-year-old Sam Poole (41*) and Justin Turner (21) to guide the team to a respectable 221-8 from their 40 overs.

In reply Bristol got off to a great start as both Ricky Bissex (1-40) and Turner (1-42) struggled to find the right line before Bissex had George Allen leg before for 15. Mike Love soon followed, bowled by Turner for 34 and it was a case of game on.

Weston had not counted, however, on the form of Simon Moorcroft (38), who survived a strong appeal for caught behind off Lomax (0-43) and Richard Morrison (87*), who had the throw been more accurate would have been run out in single figures, in guiding their team toward the finishing post.

Blamire's (2-28) introduction to the attack soon brought Weston some restpite, however it only delayed the inevitable as Jason Llama (20) contrived with Morrison to take Bristol to the four points.

Brunel Ford man of the match goes to Sam Poole for his excellent 41 not out that helped Weston towards a competitive total.

For the 2nd week running Weston 4ths won the toss, this time deciding to bat.

With the score on 128-2 from 20 overs it seemed like a sensible decision. Jon Lawrence (85) started the innings in the right direction quickly reaching 50 in the 11th over. C Smit joined Lawrence in the 13th over and the pair took the score to 130 before Smit was out on 28.

Lawrence followed soon after with the score on 138 in the 25th over. From then on Weston only managed to put on another 52 runs from the

remaining 15 overs, P.Chamberlain contributing 22.

Most notable bowling from Timsbury was W Brown who after going for 21 in his first three overs, returned figures of 8-2-25-3

In reply, Timsbury got of to a steady start until the seventh over when Rhys removed Park and Brown in consecutive balls. This brought Archer (84) to the crease and with Pearcy (55) they broke the back of the run chase before Pearcy fell leg before with the score on 153. Weston managed to pick up Archer but by then the match was all but finished. Timsbury came home with five overs remaining.

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