Seasiders start with comfortable victory

Cricket Westonv Shapwick bowler Shaun Stringer.

Cricket Westonv Shapwick bowler Shaun Stringer. - Credit: Archant

Weston recorded a comfortable home victory over Lansdown in the first league match of the season.

Weston welcomed Lansdown for the first game of the new season and recorded an ultimately comfortable win.

Lansdown elected to bowl first and Andy Fear and Tom Ford dug in to see off the aggressive opening attack. After 17 overs they had taken Weston past 70, before Ford was caught behind for 21. Fear went past his 50 before he mistimed Bowry to be caught.

Shabel Ahmed continued his early season form as he guided Weston to their first batting point during a tight middle over spell from the Lansdown spinners. Following the loss of John Davidson, brother Chris gave the innings some much needed momentum taking the game to the opposition.

His run-a-ball 31 put Weston on course for a score in excess of 225, but some excellent bowling by Croker and Tambvekar in the final 10 accounted for three wickets and restricted the score to exactly 200-6.

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Lansdown openers Jenkins and Veal made their intentions clear with some early boundaries, but with Willoughby and Stringer consistently beating the outside edge it was only a matter of time before the breakthrough came.

The pair picked up the top six in an 16-over opening partnership restricting the opposition to 50-6 from which there was no way back, despite the best efforts of Hamilton (45), as the spin duo of Ashley Allen and Ahmed combined to take the remaining four wickets, leaving Lansdown 151 all out and Weston victors by 49 runs.

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Forte Financial man of the match went to Andy Fear.

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