Somerset’s Alex Barrow and Tim Rouse shared a 142-run partnership for Bath at the North Parade ground on Saturday to help inflict a big defeat on Weston-super-Mare.
The pair came together with the score on 1-1, facing an attack including former Somerset fast bowler Charl Willoughby and proceeded to put the match beyond Weston’s reach.
Barrow, who had scored a half century for Somerset in the Second XI championship match against Essex last week, top scored for Bath with 81 off 102 balls with seven fours and a six. Rouse, who’d missed out against Essex, got stuck in to the Weston attack taking 66 off 79 balls and hitting eight fours.
Bath’s innings was slightly curtailed by the weather but they still finished on an imposing 258-6 off 48 overs.
Set an adjusted target of 167 to win from 31 overs, Weston lost regular wickets and were unable to keep up with the run rate. They were eventually dismissed for 134 off 30.4 overs, losing by 32 runs (under Duckworth/Lewis).
Robbie Montgomery took three wickets for Bridgwater at The Parks on Saturday to leave Dowend in all sorts of trouble.
His Somerset Second XI teammate Chris Skidmore also took a wicket as Downend collapsed in reply to Bridgwater’s modest 110 all out in 28.1 overs.
With Bridgwater captain and former Somerset favourite Steffan Jones also bowling a miserly spell of 5-1-5-1, it seemed Bridgwater might pull off an unlikely win.
However, Downend’s lower order rallied thanks to 45 not out from Callum Loud and 25 not out from skipper Matthew Jackson who saw their side home by three wickets.
Montgomery, who also made 15 with the bat, returned figures of 9-1-33-3, while Skidmore’s return was an even more economical 9-2-14-1.
Jack Leach and Steve Kirby found themselves on opposing sides when Frocester took on Taunton Deane in a close match at Pounds Close on Saturday.
Taunton Deane batted first, reaching 213 before they were all out off 46.1 overs, John Rogers top scoring with 111 and Leach the second highest scorer with 38. Kirby returned figures of 2-24 in 9.1 overs, his victims including Deane opener and wicket-keeper Sam Shaikh for a duck.
Deane kept things tight when Frocester batted, but couldn’t prevent them hitting the winning runs off the final ball of the game for the loss of six wickets. Leach returned very tidy figures of 10- 1-25-1, bowling Frocester’s second highest scorer Liam O’Doherty for 41, as well as affecting a run out.
James Regan’s club side Taunton St Andrews CC saw their match with Ashcott and Shapwick CC cancelled due to the weather.
After nine games, Frocester now lead the West of England Premier Cricket League – Premier One table with 126 points, just three ahead of Bath on 123 and 12 ahead of Taunton Deane in third place on 114. Bristol and Ashcott and Shapwick are currently languishing in the relegation zone.
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Meanwhile, Tom Abell was in the runs for Taunton Cricket Club away against Brislington on Sunday. Opening the batting, Tom was the second highest scorer for Taunton with 40, including seven boundaries. His side reached 149 before being dismissed in 48.4 overs.
In reply Brislington, including former Somerset batsman Richard Ollis in their side, reached their target with 15.3 overs to spare for the loss of just two wickets.
The match leaves Taunton mid-table in the West of England Premier Cricket League – Bristol Somerset, while Brislington sit in second place behind Midsomer Norton.
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Bridgwater CC v Downend CC scorecard –
Frocester CC – 1st XI Vs Taunton Deane CC:
West of England Premier Cricket League – Premier One table after nine games:
Brislington CC v Taunton CC scorecard:
West of England Premier Cricket League – Bristol Somerset 2014 after nine games: