Seconds romp to emphatic 10-wicket victory


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Weston Seconds returned from Barrington with an emphatic 10-wicket victory.

Weston Seconds returned to winning ways at the picturesque setting of Barrington, recording an emphatic 10-wicket win.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first. However, Weston did not allow Barrington to settle and it was not long before Tom Court (4-26) had his first victim of the day.

With Matt Knight (3-20) bowling well at the other end, there was little respite for the batsmen. Regular wickets fell until Gerring (57) started to bludgeon some boundaries, to bring the total up to 104 before falling to James Holt (2-4).

Weston’s response started positively with Will Whitell (57 not out) finding the boundary early. He was well supported by Jack Press (33 not out) and the pair rarely looked troubled as they gained maximum points.

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Forte Financial man of the match was Will Whitell.

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Opening bowlers Justin Turner and Alex Leeks struggled to make a breakthrough and it took the introduction of Rhys Crocker (2-25) to break the partnership, eventually removing both openers.

Shapwick regrouped and Edwards (29) held their innings together, but the change to spin from Sunan Mehmood (3-23), took his wicket and together with Georgia Tulip (3-8) at the other end, saw Weston dismiss them for 123 in 35 overs.

In reply, Weston started slowly and the top five all contributed and at drinks they had lost five wickets and the game was in the balance.

Lauren Filer (20 not out) and Justin Turner (38 not out) shared a 67-run unbeaten partnership, with Turner in particular cashing in, scoring his runs off 18 balls, including a six to win the game in the 27th over.

Forte Financial man of the match went to Justin Turner.

Weston 4th XI played a friendly against Long Sutton 2nd XI hosted at East Huntspill.

Skipper Chris Pack lost the toss and Long Sutton opted to bat first.

Bradley Lucas (5-1-15-0) did well to restrict some runs, especially as the opening partnership between Lyons (52) and Holland (46) reached the 100 mark before Terry Horler (5-0-22-3) got the wicket of Holland before drinks.

From the halfway point, Weston started to slow the run rate and Horler picked up a couple more wickets including a superb stumping by Kieran Tasker. The spin duo of Bayley Frise (5-2-25-1) and Jody Filer (5-0-13-2) took valuable wickets, while Jakob Massey and Jon Fleming were unlucky not to take a wicket as Long Sutton finished on 185-6 from their 40 overs.

In reply, Weston lost a wicket in the first over and Pack (28) was the only player it to make double figures.

After Pack fell lbw, the game was all but over as Weston fell well short and were bowled out for just 71 in the 23rd over.

This week’s Forte Financial man of the match award goes to Chris Pack.

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