Cider Watch: Barrow leads the way as Bath hang onto top spot in West of England Premier League

West of England Premier Cricket League Premier One – Saturday 2 August 2014

Bath held onto their place at the top of the premier league with a comprehensive victory over basement side Ashcott and Shapwick at North Parade last Saturday.

Bath’s Adam Kelly finished with incredible figures of 9-3-9-4 as the visitors were bundled out for just 105 in 37 overs. Simon Marchant also picked up four middle-order wickets for 28.

When Bath batted, a quickfire 46 from Somerset’s Alex Barrow led the way, his runs coming off just 33 balls with eight fours and a six. Somerset Academy and Second XI all-rounder Tim Rouse, who made a century in last week’s fixture against Downend, quickly followed for just a single, the second of two wickets for Charlie Vickery.

But that was the last scare for Bath, as Robin Lett (29*) and George Hankins (14*) saw their side home by eight wickets with 32.4 overs to spare.

 

Taunton Deane and Kings College youngster Neil Brand scored a magnificent 111 off 108 balls with nine fours and a six to set up a victory for his side over Corsham.

The result, in a match at Taunton School cut to 35 overs a side because of rain, saw Deane cement their second position in the table, while Corsham hang on to their fifth place spot.

17-year-old Brand, who also plays for Somerset Second XI, put on 110 for the first wicket with former Somerset batsman Rob Woodman, who made an attacking 53.

With John Rogers also making a useful 30, Deane finished on 231-4 off 35 overs, a total many sides would have been happy with after a full allocation of 50.

Corsham struggled in reply, keeper Steve Bullen top scoring with an unbeaten 79. He shared a stand of 63 for the third wicket with Ashur Morrison, but when the latter was run out for 29, the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals, two middle-order players making ducks and only skipper Peter Dennett (11) making double figures and sticking around with Bullen for any length of time.

There were two wickets each for Brand and Liam Redrup, while Somerset’s Jack Leach bowled an extremely tidy spell of 7-3-10-1.

 

Frocester moved up to third place with a win in a close contest at Pounds Close last Saturday.

In a match reduced to 33 overs a side by the weather, Frocester batted first and reached 164-8, Uzi Qureshi top scoring with 54. There were two wickets apiece for Phil Jackson, Matthew Jackson and Ian Cockbain.

Downend’s top order all got starts, opener Ben Ringrose top scoring with 33, but Paul Muchall (4-25) and Richard Cave (3-16) ran through the middle and lower order, leaving the visitors 13 runs short on 151-9.

Downend, who were league leaders just two weeks ago, slip to fourth after that defeat.

 

There was a thrilling mid table clash at Bristol Cricket Club as the home side defeated Bridgewater by just one run in a match curtailed by the weather to 35 overs a side.

Batting first, Bristol made 203-5, opener Gareth Roderick top scoring with 51 and skipper William Rudge making an unbeaten 38. Ralph Hardwick made 34 and there was 32 for Tom Smith before he was caught off former Somerset bowler Steffan Jones. Bridgwater will have been pleased to have got the in-form Steve Snell for just 8. Former Somerset Second XI player, Robbie Montgomery, now with Gloucestershire, finished with 2-60.

Despite losing two early wickets, Bridgwater made a strong reply as Merv Hallaran (71) and Stuart Butt (55) shared a valuable stand.

When they were out, Jones took his side to the brink of victory with an unbeaten 35, but they couldn’t quite cross the finish line.

Despite their win, Bristol remain one place below Bridgwater in seventh place in the league table after 14 games.

 

Taunton St Andrews moved out of the relegation zone on Saturday, swopping places with Weston Super Mare after they comfortably beat the seasiders on their home ground by 58 runs.

St Andrews made 212-8 in a match shortened to 38 overs a side by rain, Somerset’s James Regan top scoring with 52, Lloyd Alley making 49, former Somerset all-rounder Keith Parsons 41 and Deven Bell finishing 38 not out. No other player made double figures as four batsman fell for ducks. Chris Davidson took 3-45.

In reply, Weston were in trouble once a promising opening stand of 68 was broken between Shabil Ahmed (49) and Jalal Ahmed (23). There were some useful middle order contributions, led by Sam Trego with 24, but wickets continued to fall and the hosts were dismissed for 159 in 37 overs.

St Andrews are just seven points clear of Weston in the relegation zone, while Ashcott and Shapwick remain rooted to the bottom, some 54 points below them.

 

Next round of matches: Saturday 9 August:

(current league positions in brackets)

Ashcott and Shapwick (10) v Frocester (3)

Bridgwater (6) v Taunton St Andrews (8)

Corsham (5) v Bath (1)

Downend (4) v Bristol (7)

Taunton Deane (2) v Weston Super Mare (9)

 

Links:

Bath CC v Ashcott & Shapwick CC – http://bathcc.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847830

Bristol CC v Bridgwater CC – http://bridgwater.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847850

Frocester CC v Downend CC – http://frocester.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847880

Taunton Deane CC v Corsham CC – http://tauntondeane.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847888

Weston Super Mare CC v Taunton St Andrews CC – http://tauntonstandrews.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847912

West of England Premier Cricket League – Premier One table after 14 games: http://bridgwater.play-cricket.com/league_table?id=402&season_id=72