Third win for Seconds
Weston Seconds made it three wins in a row with a comfortable home victory against Cheltenham.
WESTON Seconds made it three wins in a row with a comfortable home victory against Cheltenham at Devonshire Road.
After losing the toss Weston were asked to bat and made a steady start as Tom Ford and Matt Kearsey saw off the new ball. The dismissals of Ford (12) and Kearsey (10), quickly followed by Paul Stringer left Weston in a little trouble at 45-3.
However, any joy for the visiting team was proved to be short lived as Mitch Smit and Jason Neave combined, adding 114 for the fourth wicket and put Weston in the driving seat.
Smit (69) and Neave (65) took Weston to within a fourth batting point and some lusty hitting from Simon Turner (14 not out) and Jalal Ahmed, along with a number of extras, took Weston to a creditable 221-7 from their 45 overs.
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In reply, Cheltenham got off to a good start as Liam Edwards (30) and Bradley Paterson (43) combined well in the face of some accurate bowling from Alex Penwill (9-1-25-1) and Dale Chard (9-2-27-0).
Once the pair had been dismissed the rest of the innings subsided dramatically as the Cheltenham batsmen had no response to the accurate bowling of Ahmed (9-1-29-1), Kearsey (9-2-36-2) and Ben Curley (9-2-18-3), as all ambition for winning the game was drained from the visitors, the innings limping to a close on 150-7 from 45 overs.
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InTouch CRM man of the match was Ben Curley.
The third XI lost for the second consecutive away game, narrowly beaten by five wickets at Frome.
After losing the toss, Weston were asked to bat first and openers Pete Hooper and Tom Dancey looked relatively untroubled. Dancey brought up his half century and built a good foundation for the second half of the innings.
Hooper was caught for 36 with the score on 108, two further wickets fell leaving Dancey and Mike Lee to up the run rate in the face of some excellent bowling. Dancey recorded an excellent maiden hundred from the last ball of the innings, as they finished on 172-3.
In reply, Frome got off to an excellent start as Stu Roberts and Matt Humphrey (8-0-53-0) struggled to find the right length before Roberts (10-2-32-2) removed Larder and Lowe in quick succession.
Lomax (10-2-24-1) and Justin Turner (6-1-25-1) kept the scoring to a minimum, but Frome always looked to be ahead of the game. Declan McNulty (4-0-29-1) picked up a wicket, but the experienced Dredge (48 not out) hit the winning runs with five overs remaining.
InTouch CRM man of the match was Tom Dancey
The fourths secured a comprehensive eight wicket win away at Wedmore.
Batting first, the Wedmore inning started smoothly with Patch and Hole looking untroubled until Hole was run out by Skinner.
A change of attack saw Horler and Knight in the attack. Knight bowled a superb spell of four overs taking 3-4. Horler wrapped up the innings taking the last two wickets in consecutive balls to finish with 4-12 as Wedmore were bowled out for 64.
Eaglets were reduced 4-2 after two overs, but Lawrence and Biddle took advantage of some loose bowling with a partnership consisting of five sixes and four fours, taking only 8.5 overs to see off the remaining 59 runs.
InTouch CRM man of the match went to Matt Knight.