Weston defeated at Downend ahead of Bristol summit meeting

Weston CC captain Chris Davidson

Weston CC captain Chris Davidson missed his side's defeat at Downend - Credit: Archant

Weston slumped to a 63-run defeat at Downend in their latest WEPL Premier Two Bristol/Somerset outing on Saturday.

Having won the toss and put the home side into bat, they saw them pile up 319-9 from 50 overs.

Tahmid Ahmed proved the pick of the Weston bowling with a 5-44 haul from his 10 overs, as Peter Trego (2-40) nabbed a brace.

Tom Chambers and Tom Court took the other wickets to fall and Weston saw openers Sam Elstone and Jack Press (30) make a solid start.

Stand-in captain Elstone hit two sixes and 11 fours on his way to 60, with Dexter Trego (30) also chipping in.

But Shabel Ahmed was left unbeaten on 39 as Weston were eventually dismissed for 256 in the 47th over, with Oliver Jackson (4-34) and Callum Loud (3-50) doing most of the damage with the ball for Downend.

Defeat leaves second-placed Weston 54 points adrift of leaders Bristol with five games remaining, with the top two set to meet in a crunch clash at Devonshire Road on Saturday (12.30pm).

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