Cider Watch: All-round performance from Leach helps seal Taunton derby match for Deane

LeachyWest of England Premier Cricket League Premier One – Saturday 5 July 2014

Somerset’s Jack Leach starred with bat and ball in the Taunton derby match last Saturday, helping Deane to a 78-run victory over their local rivals St Andrews at the Convent Field.

First Leach scored 54 in Taunton Deane’s innings of 292-6 in 50 overs, his runs coming off 49 balls with six boundaries. Former Somerset player Robert Woodman top scored for Deane with 104 off 112 balls with 12 fours and a six, while John Rogers made 74.

Then, despite a solid 52 from Somerset’s James Regan and 53 from Dave Reading, St Andrews collapsed to 214 all out off 49 overs, thanks to an excellent spell from Leach who removed the middle order and finished with figures of 10-1-18-3.

A belligerent 49 from Robbie Montgomery off just 30 balls, with five fours and three sixes, helped Bridgewater total 244 in their match with Corsham on Saturday.

Robbie opened the innings with Merv Hallaran who top scored with 57, but other than Cameron Williams, who made an unbeaten 41 batting at number 10, no other batsman got going and Bridgewater, captained by former Somerset bowler Stefan Jones, were all out inside 48 overs.

Playing at their home ground at Station Road, Corsham made short work of the run chase, Michael Coles playing an incredible innings of 150 not out from just 106 balls with 12 fours and 12 sixes to almost win the match single-handed.

Robbie and fellow Somerset Second XI bowler Chris Skidmore bowled 12 overs between them, but neither was able to make the breakthrough as Corsham reached their target with 11 overs to spare to win by eight wickets.

Tim Rouse top scored for Bath at North Parade on Saturday, but a middle order collapse meant his side lost a tight match against Bristol by 11 runs.

Bristol made 214-9 in their 50 overs, Ralph Hardwick top scoring with 62.

In reply Bath lost Somerset’s Alex Barrow for just nine, but Rouse with 55 off 69 balls (including eight fours) and Robin Lett, who made 40, put their side into a strong position to push for a win. Three middle-order players then fell in single figures. The tail wagged with three players making twenties, but it was not quite enough.

Saturday’s round of matches leaves Frocester – who beat Charl Willougby’s Weston Super Mare side by 41 runs on Saturday – firmly in the lead at the top of the West of England Premier Cricket League – Premier One table with 144 points.

Bath now slip to fourth place after their defeat to Bristol, which means that Taunton Deane move up to second place on 134 points. Corsham’s win over Bridgewater moves them up into third, just two points behind Deane on 132. The top four is looking very tight with Bath just one point behind Corsham.

Bristol move out of the relgation zone with their win over Bath, meaning Weston Super Mare join Ashcott and Shapwick at the bottom of the table.

West of England Premier Cricket League – Bristol Somerset

AbellMeanwhile, Tom Abell was in the runs for Taunton Cricket Club again on Saturday.

Tom made an unbeaten 93 in a 207-run partnership with fellow opener Chris Davenport in just 34.3 overs to take their side to an overwhelming victory over Knowle at Gipsy Lane by ten wickets.

In between two scores of 70 for Somerset Second XI, Tom’s 93 came off 113 balls and included 14 fours.

Tom even found time to bowl four overs, take two catches and affect a run out when Knowle batted, making just 206 before losing their last wicket off the final ball of their innings.

The match moves Taunton up into fourth place in the West of England Premier Cricket League – Bristol Somerset.


Taunton Deane CC v Taunton St Andrews CC scorecard

Bath CC v Bristol CC scorecard

Corsham CC v Bridgwater CC scorecard

Weston Super Mare CC v Frocester CC scorecard

West of England Premier Cricket League – Premier One table after ten games:

Taunton CC v Knowle CC scorecard

West of England Premier Cricket League – Bristol Somerset 2014 after ten games: