Seconds facing relegation after latest defeat

Weston 2nd XI were all but relegated when they lost at Bath by three wickets.

WESTON seconds were all but relegated from the top level of second team cricket after a two year stint in WEPL Premier One 2nd XI, following a hard-fought three wicket defeat at Bath.

Batting first after losing the toss, Weston put in a much improved batting display after the Bridgwater debacle with contributions right through the order from Rob Turner (35), Sam Goodhew (61), Tom Ford (13), Sam Curley (17), Matt Blamire (11) and Tom Main (22 not out) in posting 193-9 from their 45 overs.

In reply, Bath got off to a steady start despite the early loss of Brain for eight, well caught by Rob Turner from the bowling of Ford.

Ford, bowling his best spell of the season, picked up further wickets in conjunction with Goodhew (9-0-46-1). However, Sam Morris (64 not out) and the experienced Ted Roe (40) took the home side within sight of victory.

A late wicket from Blamire (6.4-0-43-1) and a maiden five-wicket haul from Ford (9-1-44-5) were not enough to prevent the defeat as Bath ran out victors by three wickets with six overs to spare.

Intouch CRM man of the match went to Sam Goodhew.

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THE 3rd XI go into the final game of the season needing to win to avoid relegation from Somerset Division 5, after an eight wicket defeat at home to Hardington & West Coker.

Winning the toss, stand-in captain Stu Roberts had little hesitation in electing to bat on what looked a good wicket. Harry Wiseman departed early, but Dan Press (19) and Luke Morgan (12) staged a mini fightback before both fell in quick succession along with Matt Huxtable, reducing Weston to 50-3.

Ben Evans (26) and Aaron Hawkins (40) combined well, but with little resistance from the rest of the order, Weston were bowled out for 163.

In reply, Hardington never really looked in any real trouble, despite wickets for Roberts (8-1-32-1) and Matt Knight (7-1-29-1) as Reddaway (60 not out) and Trapnell (44 not out), teamed up to take the visitors home with 10 overs to spare.

Intouch CRM man of the match was Aaron Hawkins.

THE fourth team played out a thrilling game at near neighbours and rivals Uphill Castle, in the end coming up just 10 runs short.

Batting first after winning the toss, Uphill made their way to 138 all out with wickets falling to Charlie Beddington (6-1-13-1), Alex Leeks (5-2-7-1), Matt Munday (9-0-41-2), Lauren Filer (5-1-29-1), Jamie Dance (5-0-10-2) and Terry Horler (4.4-0-12-3). In reply, Jack Press (25) and Dance (36) put Weston firmly in the driving seat. However, a collapse led by Mark (10.3-3-17-3) and Bradley (7-1-18-3) Patch, saw Weston collapse, with only Leeks (15) making double figures. Weston were all out for 128 when Rhys Crocker was run out.

Intouch CRM man of the match went to Jamie Dance.

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