Seconds finish winners by just three runs

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Weston seconds defeated Bridgwater by just three runs in an exciting match.

Weston seconds visited Bridgwater and managed to continue their good start to the season, winning a close game by three runs.

After winning the toss, Weston started strongly with Jon Lawrence regularly finding the boundary. Opening partner Jack Press made steady progress throughout and was ably supported by Will Whitell.

The runs came easily for Weston on a tricky wicket and the 91 scored by Press was a near perfect innings as Weston ended on 225.

Bridgwater’s response started slowly with Tom Court (9-1-32-0) and Matt Knight (9-1-49-1) bowling a good line and length, but it wasn’t until the bowling change that the wickets came.

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With Sam Goodhew (9-1-30-3) at one end and Paul Stringer (9-2-39-2) bowling quickly at the other, Weston looked on top but Bridgwater gradually grew into the game and Weston looked to be losing their nerve as they neared the total.

Matt Blamire (8.5-0-64-4) bowled the final over with Bridgwater needing 10 to win with only one wicket in hand and with the second ball going for four, Bridgwater needed four to win from the final two balls when their number 11 was caught by Knight to seal the win.

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Forte Financial man of the match was Jack Press.

Weston 3rd XI suffered their second defeat of their season away to table-topping East Huntspill.

The visitors lost the toss and the home team opted to bowl first. The openers started the innings well with a couple of early boundaries, but after Dom Mayo (9) was caught and bowled by Cooke (1-26), the innings never gained any real momentum, with wickets falling regularly in the face of some accurate bowling.

Fin Mayo (31) battled hard, with support from Max Brown (28) and Arron Hawkins (19), but a total of 123 looked well below par.

And so it proved as the home team only needed 22 overs to reach the required target. Tahmid Ahmed bowled an impressive eight-over spell, picking up a wicket for just 23 runs, but poor fielding and bowling let East Huntspill off the hook and they cruised home by eight wickets, led by Harding (59 not out).

Forte Financial man of the match went to Tahmid Ahmed.

Weston’s 4th XI welcomed Cheddar’s 3rd XI to the East Ground and ran out comfortable winners.

Weston’s opening bowlers Alex Leeks (6-0-9-2) and Lauren Filer (6-1-7-3) bowled exceptionally well and along with a run out from Mateuloh Abed and a stunning catch from Tom Bailey behind the stumps, Cheddar found themselves struggling at 16-6 after just 12 overs.

More tight bowling from Kieran Tasker (5-1-5-2) and Terry Horler (3.1-0-4-2) resulted in Cheddar being bowled all out for just 57 in the 26th over, with only Richard Llewellyn (22) reaching double figures for the visitors.

Chris Pack (26 not out) led the reply and Weston only lost one wicket in reply, that of Abed (8), but not before he smashed a huge six off the bowling of Rob McKenzie (3-0-19-1). Tom Bailey (15 not out) joined his captain at the crease to see Weston over the line in just the 12th over.

Forte Financial player of the match went to Lauren Filer.

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