Winscombe still looking for first victory

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Winscombe were beaten at home to Bishops Lydeard and are still looking for their first victory of the season.

WINSCOMBE hosted Bishops Lydeard on a fine day, needing a win to kickstart their season.

Opening bowlers Jordan Peters and Jory Cureton kept things tight and Cureton took the first wicket, removing Andrew Clark. Not to be outdone, Peters took the second shortly after.

Cureton was replaced by Clough, but Peters completed his spell of 10 overs for a respectable 1-30. Off-spinner Jack Fraser was introduced to the attack and bowled Justin Burke. He continued to bowl economically, tying the batsmen down and finishing with impressive figures of 1-17 from his 10 overs.

Matt Lunn clung on to a sharp catch off his own bowling to remove Brian Stone and finished his spell with 1-39 and Winscombe’s skipper Iain Fraser brought himself on and soon had Josh Parker caught behind, and also lured Thomas Stone into chipping a catch to Wally Wright. His three overs left him with figures of 2-16.

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Clough and Cureton finished off Lydeard’s innings, finishing with 1-42 and 1-45 respectively. Nick Taylor batted with patience for the visitors, finishing on 79 not out and leading his side to 203-7.

Winscombe’s reply started in the worst possible fashion, with opener Mike Coe being given out lbw first ball. Wright didn’t last much longer, caught off of the bowling of Justin Burke.

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Cureton and Fraser offered some resistance, before Fraser was given out lbw. Lunn’s stay was short-lived as he shouldered arms to a ball that nipped back and took his off stump.

Daniel Kennedy tried to rebuild with Cureton, but the latter was shortly out caught for 44. Kennedy batted maturely and with style, accompanied by young Cameron Fraser.

Kennedy played some attractive shots, including an excellent straight six. He lost partners too regularly though, Fraser being bowled for 12 and Guy Coe falling for a duck.

Kennedy was slightly unlucky to be run out after a direct hit from Greg Walters. That seemed to spell the end for Winscombe, as Clough was out first ball and Fraser was removed by a sharp caught and bowled.

Winscombe fell for 129 after another disappointing display. They now travel to Butleigh desperately needing a win.

THE seconds travelled to Temple Cloud to try to get themselves back to winning ways.

Unfortunately, Winscombe’s bowlers could not contain the top order of Temple Cloud, with runs coming all too often. Winscombe gradually started to make inroads into the Temple Cloud batting line-up, but the damage was done.

Wickets were shared around all the bowlers in particular Andy Pollard, making his league return after 15 years and taking two wickets as Temple Cloud finished on 221-8.

Winscombe did not get off to the best start losing opener Searle in the second over, but this brought Bawden to the crease who, along with Shephard, began to chip away at the deficit.

After Shephard departed for 27, Bailey joined Bawden and the pair were going along nicely when a rush of blood from Bawden saw bowled for 45 with Winscombe still needing 120 to win with 15 overs remaining.

Bailey took the attack to the Temple bowlers but a lack of strike over a number of overs raised the required rate up to 10 an over. This proved too much with Bailey taking too many risks and being bowled for 64.

From then on, Winscombe were never going to seal the victory, finishing on 193-8.

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