Seasiders keep on winning

WESTON'S dream start to the season continued with a solid three-wicket victory over title contenders Corsham.

WESTON'S dream start to the season continued with a solid three-wicket victory over title contenders Corsham.

Having won yet another toss, Weston captain John Williams had no qualms about asking Corsham to bat, especially Gloucestershire keeper Steve Snell strode to the crease only to nail the first ball straight into the hands of Harold Booth at cover. His replacement, Steve Bullen, then proceeded to run out Sam Collier with not many runs on the board.

Dennett, Davis and Turner failed to trouble the scorers leaving Corsham at 50- 5, but Senneck's arrival at the crease spelled potential trouble for Weston as he and Bullen (51) dropped anchor, and started to make the Weston bowlers and fielders toil in the bank holiday sunshine.

A bit of luck for the batsmen saw the runs start to tick over, and Senneck (73) score twice as quickly as Bullen, but just at Corsham seemed to have eased into the driving seat Bullen was well caught in the deep by David Stiff off Andy Fear (2-32).

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Soon after Fear failed to return the compliment to remove Senneck, but Stiff worked round it removing Will Collier next ball, he was quickly followed by Chaplin, Senneck and Searle, for Stiff (5-49) to record his first five-wicket haul in only his second outing for Weston, and Corsham limped to 169 all out off 53 overs.

Weston's reply started quickly thanks to some loose bowling, but Senneck's golden game continued as he removed Rob Holman leg before for one. Rob Turner joined Brown and happily played support as they posted one-third of the required total before Turner was dismissed in a mirror image fashion to Holman.

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Brown (46) and Robin d'Souza batted well together, until fate stepped in and a mini collapse ensued. From 93- 3, Weston found themselves 119- 6, with Gary Morgan and Williams failing to stick out some tight bowling from Jason Searle and Craig Chaplin.

Fear joined Harry Booth (18 not out) at the crease, and decided between them that with plenty of overs in hand all they needed to do was to stay there as long as possible, knowing that the runs would come.

At this point, Pete Turner was brought into the bowling attack, and two overs later the game had been handed to Weston on a plate, as despite the loss of Fear for 16, the target was in sight. Stiff flashed hard to remove any remaining doubt and pressure, and Weston wrapped up victory with 10 overs to spare, taking another valuable 28 points.

Weston 1st XI's winning weekend finished with a five-wicket victory over Bristol in the National Knockout competition.

Bristol's Paul Redwood won the toss and elected to bat, and despite openers Hopkinson and Tavare being quick out of the blocks, Tom Main (4-16) soon announced his return to the first team as he caught Hopkinson off his own bowling for four and just four overs later had Tavare well caught by a diving Shabil Ahmed at slip to leave Bristol on 19-2.

The next 10 overs saw another four wickets fall as Ashley Allen's last minute call-up to the side was marked by three wickets, and with one for Matt Kearsey, stumped by Rob Turner, Bristol were on the brink at 35- 6.

Some sensible batting by youngsters Mustafa and Willmott saw Bristol almost double their total before the next two wickets fell in quick succession, and some solid, but sometimes lucky batting from Pollard who top scored with 22, saw Bristol post 106 before Pollard became the final victim for Main in the final over.

In reply, Weston were under no illusions that the target was going to be easy to chase, as any life in the pitch was wilting in the heat, especially as Turner failed to make his mark in consecutive innings. A solid partnership between Edd Brown (32) and Gary Morgan saw half the total posted, but the partnership between Williams (27) and Ahmed essentially finished the game in Weston's favour, albeit five wickets down.

Weston 3rds made it three games without a win as they went down in a tense finish by two wickets at Whitchurch 2nds, despite a welcome return to form from Andy Logan whose 90 proved to be in vain.

After winning the toss and electing to bat on the hottest day of the season so far, Weston could be well pleased with their form at the crease in compiling 207-7 from their 40 overs. Logan was well supported by Matt Rihan (41), Simon Biddle (25) and Justin Turner (17*). Pick of the Whitchurch bowlers was Martin Wall who took 4-15.

In reply, Whitchurch got off to a slow start as the two Toms, Court (3-16) and Main (1-19) made early inroads to the batting line-up, leaving the hosts 73-3 at the halfway stage when Weston were definite favourites.

They had not counted however on Mark Shields, who made an excellent 57, punishing anything dropped even fractionally short who kept his side in the hunt. His dismissal again turned the game back in Weston's favour, only for Tom Filer (31*), who survived a strong run-out appeal, to provide some lusty blows that just saw his side over the line with two balls to spare. Brunel Ford man of the match goes to Andy Logan for his 90.

Despite some confusion at the start with two opposition sides turning up, Jon Lawrence managed to successfully lose the toss for the third time in four attempts. Thus Weston were batting first again.

With a new opening partnership of Mike Lee and Flo Broderick, Weston were hoping to continue on from the success at Nailsea the week before. All this changed when Flo was removed in the third over followed by Mike in the eighth, Sam Poole in the ninth and Jon Lawrence in the 11th.

At 35-4 things were looking a little bleak. Fortunately the Lomaxs, Pete (35) and Dan (40), steadied things somewhat with a 74-run partnership leaving Weston on 114-5 heading into the last 10. The next seven overs though only produced 19 runs and Weston eventually finished on 160-9.

Given the amount of movement enjoyed by the Avonside guys, 160 was considered a defendable target. Unfortunately for Weston, Blake and Griffiths thought otherwise. Blake (67) and Griffiths (42) broke the back of the Weston total with an almost perfect 109-run opening stand.

Once the opening partnership was broken Weston were still in with a slim chance but with only 53 runs remaining it was a tall order and Avonside cruised pass the required 160 with eight overs still remaining.

Pick of the Weston bowlers were Pete Lomax with 8-0-27-1 and Broderick with 5-1-20-2. Weston man of the match was P Lomax.

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