Seasiders’ semi-final clash at home
Weston Cricket Club are sat in a mid-table position at the halfway stage and play a cup semi-final this weekend.
AT just over the halfway stage of the season at Weston Cricket Club, the first XI find themselves in mid-table, but still in with a chance of promotion from West of England Premier Two.
In what was always going to be a season of transition under new captain Adam Davies, there is broad satisfaction in the way the season has gone so far, despite games and training schedules being heavily interrupted by some of the worst weather in recent memory.
Fine victories have been achieved against Ashcott & Shapwick, Chippenham and Keynsham at home, while the one win on the road so far came at Glastonbury. Four games have been lost, at Chard, Westbury and Warminster, with the only home defeat coming at the start of June against Goatacre. Two games have been called off.
Sam Trego heads the 1st XI run scorers list (216 at 36), in no small part due to his 160 not out against Chippenham, with good support for coming from Simon Green (190 at 47.5) and Gary Morgan (188 at 31.3).
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Trego again features with the ball – his 17 wickets at 11.3 just ahead of Ashley Allen (14 at 13.07) and Ben Main (eight at 11.13).
The club’s participation in the ECB National Knockout Cup ended at the first hurdle against a strong Bridgwater team. However, the Somerset Cup campaign continues apace with this Sunday morning’s home semi-final against Old Bristolians Westbury (10.30am start).
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Reflecting on the season so far, Davies said: “I’m pretty happy with how the boys have done if I am honest. It has been a transitional period for the team with some players moving on and new players coming into the side.
“Despite this, with a clear run ahead of us and with the likes of John Williams and former Somerset wicketkeeper Rob Turner being available for the second half of the season following the end of their teaching commitments, I am hopeful that we can make an impression at the right end of the table, starting against current leaders Ashcott & Shapwick on Saturday.”
WEST OF ENGLAND PREMIER TWO
W L C Pts
Ashcott & Shapwick 6 1 2 149
Goatacre 4 1 3 126
Keynsham 4 2 2 120
Warminster 4 3 2 115
WESTON 4 4 2 115
Glastonbury 3 3 3 101
Chard 3 4 2 98
Thornbury 1 4 4 90
Westbury & District 2 5 3 89
Chippenham 1 5 3 75
The second XI are having an excellent season, despite the captaincy being shared between players. They have only lost one game all season and currently sit in third place in Premier Two 2nd XI just 10 points behind the current leaders.
Mitch Smit leads the run scoring stakes with 282 (at 47), while Tom Court’s 12 wickets at 14.6 sees him as the team’s leading wicket taker.
The second teams involvement in their cup competition sees them looking to dodge the rain for a quarter-final at Brislington this weekend.
The third and fourth XI’s have been inconsistent through the first part of the season, both third team captain Stu Roberts and his fourth XI counterpart Jon Lawrence are hopeful of strong ends to the season.
A developmental/5th XI has also been inaugurated this year, shaped with the intention of giving youngsters their first introduction to senior cricket.
The club’s ladies’ XI have been impacted by the weather, with four of eight games being called off. Despite this, they still sit second in the table and harbour hopes of retaining their Somerset Ladies League title under the captaincy of Roxie Newman.
The youth section, headed up by Jon Mayo, continues to progress with the Under-11 Wizards team sitting joint second in their league with the Wonders and Willows teams giving youngsters their first introduction to cricket.
Both the Under-13 and Under-15 teams have qualified for the end of season play-offs and the severely weather impacted Under-17s sitting in mid table after five games.
As always, the club would like to thank the generosity of all sponsors. If you or a business would like to become a sponsor of Weston CC, please contact Sam Curley on 07760 312901 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The club is always on the lookout for new players and members of all ages, abilities and sexes. Please contact Stuart Roberts on 07733 214888 for senior cricket, Roxie Newman for girls’ cricket or Jon Mayo 07702 255237 for youth
Social memberships are also available from Mike Lee (07813 852997) if watching cricket is more your thing. Contact details are also available via the club website – www.wsmcc.co.uk - while the clubs Twitter feed @wsmcricketclub is the place to be kept up to date with all the latest information.