Seasiders move out of the relegation zone
- Credit: Archant
Weston recorded another victory, this time over Bristol, to move out of the bottom two.
WESTON took the momentum from last week’s victory and turned it into a 20-point success against Bristol to take them out of the bottom two.
Despite losing the toss in overcast conditions, Weston got off to a flying start as they reached 30 inside five overs before Rob Turner fell to Rhys Williams. Jalal Ahmed and John Williams continued building and took the score onto 77-1 before Ahmed mistimed for 31.
Williams fell soon after for 39, sparking a mini collapse which saw Gary Morgan, John Davidson and Sam Trego fall quickly. Chris Davidson and Jonny Weber stabilised the innings with a 40-run stand as Davidson took the attack to Bristol with a hard hit 22, while Weber was the perfect ally with a watchful 17.
He was well supported by Andy Fear (14 not out) and Ashley Allen (12), enabling Weston to reach 176 from their 50 overs. Rhys Williams picked up 4-55, while Neil Pollard achieved 10-5-9-1.
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With the sun now blazing, Bristol again had the better conditions and Steve Snell showed his intent to capitalise as he raced to 22. Charl Willoughby trapped him lbw, following it up with an identical dismissal next ball.
Fear joined the party thanks to an excellent catch by John Davidson. Weston then introduced spin, and it was veteran Trego that kept Weston in front, removing Richie Bann for 19 with a caught and bowled and Davidson taking a sharp stumping. Allen and Davidson combined with another catch at the wicket leaving Bristol 70-6.
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The Bristol innings was now heavily reliant on Will Rudge and Roger Silence, but neither got going as Rudge was caught at slip by Turner off Allen and Trego clean bowled Silence.
Charl Willoughby returned and struck with his first ball as Davidson took a diving catch behind, and the innings was wrapped up as he took the final wicket caught by Fear to bowl Bristol out for 108, and pick up two extra bowling points.
This was a superb bowling and fielding effort by Weston, led behind the stumps by John Davidson with four excellent dismissals. Willoughby ended with 4-25, Trego (3-33) and Allen (2-22).
This helped Weston climb out of the relegation zone, but they will need further wins to ensure they retain their Premier League status.
Intouch CRM man of the match was Jalal Ahmed, but this was a day where all 11 players significantly contributed.
On Saturday, Weston travel to Corsham, before heading to Keynsham on Sunday for the semi-final of the Somerset Major Cup.
R Turner b Williams 3
J Ahmed c Snell b Smith 31
J Williams c Snell b Hardwick 39
J Davidson b Hardwick 0
G Morgan b Hardwick 4
S Trego c Smith b Pollard 6
C Davidson c Snell b Brown 22
J Weber b Williams 17
A Fear not out 14
A Allen b Williams 12
C Willoughby b Williams 0
S Snell lbw Willoughby 16
R Bann c&b Trego 19
T Smith lbw Willoughby 0
A Murthy c J Davidson b Fear 19
J Butler st J Davidson b Trego 7
R Hardwick c J Davidson b Allen 6
R Sillence b Trego 3
W Rudge c Turner b Allen 6
B Brown c J Davidson b Willoughby 14
N Pollard not out 5
Bowling: C Willoughby 9.3-2-25-4; C Davidson 2-0-12-0; A Fear 6-1-14-1; S Trego 9-1-33-3; A Allen 9-2-23-2.