Weston remain top of the league

(click on image for larger view) CRICKET : Weston v Thornbury. John Williams batting for WsM.

(click on image for larger view) CRICKET : Weston v Thornbury. John Williams batting for WsM. - Credit: Archant

Despite their game being rained off, Weston remain top of the league.

DESPITE rain abandoning their visit to Goatacre, Weston were able to make it 10 weeks on top of the table after picking up 12 valuable points.

There was no surprise when Goatacre opted to bowl first and they took first blood when Hampshire seamer Chris Wood bowled Andy Fear with his first delivery.

Rigalli removed Edd Brown in the next over, but Shabil Ahmed and John Williams rebuilt, taking the score to 76 before Ahmed (18) hit a full toss to the man on the boundary.

Former England Lions player Liam Dawson and brother Brad were able to restrict the runs and the spin pair ripped through the middle order. At 91-6, Sean Stringer joined Williams and began by taking Wood for consecutive boundaries.

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In no time at all, the pair had raced to 170 and with Williams clearing the ropes regularly, Weston soon had maximum batting points. Williams eventually fell for a superb 135, to follow his 170 on the same ground last year, as Weston finished on 245 with 10 unused overs.

With rain imminent, the Goatacre openers went after the bowling with 26 coming from the first three overs. Stringer bowled Haines before having Brad Dawson well caught by Tom Main.

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With Andy Fear proving tough to get away, Weston dragged themselves in front. Fear bowled Wilkins before trapping Wood lbw, but with Liam Dawson (34 not out) looking to get Goatacre ahead of the run rate, the game was firmly in the balance.

At 104-4 and six overs short of a match, the rain set in and no further play was possible. With the only completed game resulting in a win for second placed Thornbury, Weston can be pleased to have picked up valuable points.

The InTouchCRM man of the match was John Williams.

With five games remaining and a 14 point lead, Weston need to push hard with the chasing pack giving little away. On Saturday, Weston welcome Gloucester City Winget in a crunch game, needing nothing less than a win.

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