Weston relegated after defeat by Bath

Weston’s season came to a close, with relegation confirmed after losing to champions Bath.

WESTON’S disappointing 2011 season came to a close, losing to title winners Bath away at North Parade.

Fortune appeared to be smiling on Weston as Gary Morgan won another toss and elected to bat first. Bath keeper Luke Padgett took a sharp catch to dismiss Edd Brown off Rouse in just the sixth over, with Stayt weighing in the following over to account for Simon Green, also caught by Padgett.

Jackson Davey and Rob Turner seemed to be taking the pressure off as Stayt turned to Lloyd Davies and Alex Muse, but before long, Turner snicked to Matt Gitsham in the slips.

From here wickets regularly fell, Muse and Marchant together proving unplayable as Muse soon sent Morgan packing, with Marchant accounting for Weston’s top scorer Davey (17) and Stringer in consecutive overs, finally finishing with figures of 3-5 off eight overs.

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Davies returned to remove the last wicket in the 36th over as Weston were bowled out for 88.

In reply, James Campbell and Stayt saw Bath post nearly half the required total before Stayt walked for a caught behind decision off Sean Stringer in the seventh over. Despite a few wides, Stringer provided difficult to play and finished with 4-32.

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Shabil Ahmed and Ashley Allen also took wickets as Bath came close to throwing away the game as they collapsed to 47-4.

Will Jenkins and Matt Gitsham also failed to make any impact, but Robin Lett’s 27 not out proved invaluable to Bath, and Weston fell at the final hurdle to lose by four wickets.

The Intouch CRM man of the match was Sean Stringer.

? An under-strength Weston second team drew their season to a close with a heavy home defeat against champions Bath.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bath made hay in the later summer sun as the weakened attack toiled. Stuart Priscott’s 102, with good support from Tim Rouse (49), Stuart Kingwell (21) and Kenny James (35*) led the visitors to 261-5 from their 45 overs.

Pick of the Weston bowlers was Sam Curley, whose 13 unchanged overs earned him economical figures of 1-40, whilst wickets also fell to Tom Ford (2-72) and Jon Lawrence (1-45).

In reply, the Weston innings never really got started with the scoreboard soon registering 24-4. Remaining steadfast at the other end was Andy Logan who carried his bat for 43 not out, his only real support coming from Lawrence who second top scored with 11.

In the end, Weston were dismissed for 85, to lose by 176 runs and doubly confirm their relegation.

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