Seconds fall short by seven runs

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Despite an improved performance, Weston seconds lost by seven runs against Bristol.

WESTON seconds put in a much-improved performance against Bristol, but a trio of lbw decisions saw them fall just short of their target.

After winning the toss and asking their opposition to bat first, Weston made a good start as Tom Court (9-3-15-2) and Adam Davies (9-1-25-1) each removed one of the openers, reducing Bristol to 16-2.

Kinsey was happy to play second fiddle to Hunt before he fell for 16, however this was to prove the final wicket in the innings as Hunt (92 not out) and Roper (60 not out) took their side to 199-3.

In reply, Weston got off to a great start, despite Tom Ford falling for a duck, Andy Logan and Mitch Smit (41) combined to put on 89 for the second wicket.

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They did not count for an excellent spell of bowling from Morrison (6-40) who, to some despair from the home dressing room, had other ideas as he removed Jason Neave and Sam Curley both lbw.

When Matt Kearsey (11) was also adjudged leg before to Jones (2-21), Bristol had found their way back into the game, especially when Logan was caught for 78. Despite lower order runs from Davies (14), Simon Turner (14) and Aaron Hawkins (15), Weston fell seven runs short, bowled out for 192 in the 43rd over.

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Intouch CRM man of the match was Andy Logan.

The 3rd XI travelled to face Mark and for the second week running, player unavailability resulted in a youthful side taking to the field.

Mark openers Cattermole and Lloyd raced to 100 inside 10 overs. The introduction of Georgia Tulip and Jon Lawrence steamed the flow of runs, with Tulip picking up her first 3rd XI league wicket, having Lloyd bowled for 32.

Cattermole continued his assault on the Weston Bowlers bringing up his century in the 32nd over. Dancey (12-2-63-5) introduced himself and had an almost immediate effect, tearing through the Mark middle order.

Eventually Cattermole fell for a brilliant 154 caught by Lawrence off the bowling of the Dancey as Mark posted 245-8 from their 45 overs.

In reply, Jon Mayo, Josh Knight and Harry Wiseman were all removed cheaply inside the first five overs. This brought Mike Lee (27) to the crease who quickly put the game back into the balance alongside 15-year-old Luke Morgan, who batted with maturity.

Ably supported by veteran Lawrence (42), the game was in the balance.

Declan McNulty added a quick fire 17 not out, but when Morgan fell for 80 in the penultimate ove, the writing was on the wall and the Falcons were all out for 220 in the final over.

Intouch CRM man of the match was Luke Morgan.

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