Seconds slip up at Keynsham


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Weston 2nd XI slipped to a 77-run defeat away at Keynsham.

A POOR display from a good batting line-up saw Weston 2nds slip to a 77-run defeat away at Keynsham.

On winning the toss, the home side elected to bat first. Stu Roberts (9-1-32-2) had Tweedie lbw for 15 and with further wickets falling to Adam Davies (9-2-27-1), Matt Blamire (9-0-38-2) and Matt Kearsey (9-1-32-1), Weston were well in the game.

With wickets falling at one end, Keynsham captain Ben Whittington played sensibly at first, however once joined by Tom Bryan (20) he was able to play an increasingly expansive hand, guiding his team to a competitive total of 201-7 before he fell to Wilf Huxtable (8-1-58-1) in the final over for an excellent 80.

In reply, Weston got off to a sluggish start as Kearsey and Andy Logan were both dismissed in the first couple of overs. Mitch Smit (23) and Jason Neave (21) joined forces for the only substantial partnership of the innings, but when both departed, the home side were in the ascendancy.

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Blamire (26 not out), Carl Fletcher (14) and Simon Turner (14) all battled manfully but their efforts were too little too late as Weston were bowled out for 124 in the 38th over, the last three wickets falling in successive balls as Simon Knowles (4-24) took a hat-trick.

Intouch CRM man of the match went to Matt Blamire.

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WESTON 3rds achieved their first win of the season with a 20-run defeat of Cranmore in a high-scoring encounter.

Weston Skipper Dancey won the toss and decided to bat and he got off to a flying start, scoring a brisk 26. Fifteen-year-old Harry Wiseman (22) played well and all the batsmen contributed to an outstanding total of 263-5.

Luke Morgan scored 70 not out, Mike Lee made 48 and Ben Dancey a quick-fire 39 from 18 balls.

Following tea, the opening attack of Declan McNulty (9-1-42-3) and Matt Humphrey (7-1-31-2) bowled their best spells of the season. Things worsened for the visitors who were 80-7 when Goswami came to crease.

Goswami quickly turned the game on its head smashing 92 and was well supported by captain Pang who stuck around for a resolute 23.

With Cranmore now needing only 20 from the last two overs, young bowler Matt Knight (8-1-30-1) bowled an extremely tight over and had Goswami caught by Jon Lawrence.

Intouch CRM man of the match was Luke Morgan. Special mention must also go to groundsman Hugh Hockey for producing an outstanding wicket.

THE 4ths capped off a good day for Weston with an exciting win away to Trull 2nds.

Weston opted to bowl first as the home team posted a competitive total of 174-8 due to half centuries from Hedges and Whitemore.

Wickets were shared around with captain Rhys Crocker the pick of the bowlers with 4-31 from nine overs, including the day’s highlight, a one-handed catch by debutant Ren Bosman.

He was supported by Paul Skinner 2-19 and Jamie Dance 2-24, while Josh Knight and Georgia Tulip kept the run rate down to under four an over.

The run chase started badly with both openers falling to some accurate bowling by the home side, but 13-year-old Dan Press showed great maturity to hold the innings together and allow Paul Skinner to score 64, including 10 fours and one six.

Rhys Crocker followed up his bowling heroics by smashing 37 off of 28 balls including two sixes, but when he fell lbw with two balls left and the scores tied, it was left to Jamie Dance and Georgia Tulip (7 not out) to guide Weston over the line with one ball remaining.

Thanks go to James Press for scoring the most enjoyable game of the year so far and the InTouch CRM man of the match was Paul Skinner.

WESTON’S Sunday XI won for the first time since the start of May with a 22-run win at Portway.

Batting first, Weston were indebted to Matt Kearsey (25), Jordan Tansley (25), Dan Press (22) and Ashley Allen (14) as they, along with plenty of extras, formed the centrepiece of 172 all out.

In reply, the wickets too were shared around between Tom Chambers, Josh Hussey, Aaron Stone, Ben Evans, Press and Kearsey, as Portway could only muster 150 all out in reply.

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