Cider Watch: Century for Rouse propels Bath to top of the league

Bath CCWest of England Premier Cricket League Premier One – Saturday 26 July 2014

Somerset Academy and Second XI all-rounder Tim Rouse struck 115 off just 102 balls to seal victory for Bath over league leaders Downend last Saturday.

The result ensured the two sides swopped places in the league table, with Bath now out in front in first place by 10 points after 13 matches.

In Saturday’s match, played at Downend, Rouse struck 18 fours and three sixes as Bath chased down a target of 228 with 9.1 overs to spare.

Rouse shared a 208-run third-wicket partnership with George Hankins, who finished 88 not out (off 130 balls with 12 fours and 2 sixes). The pair came together with their side wobbling at 13-2, but ensured there were no further scares. Bath were just seven away from victory when Rouse’s innings was finally ended when he was trapped lbw by Philip Allen (2-37).

Earlier Downend had been in all sorts of trouble at 90-8, but a 126-run partnership for the ninth wicket from Andrew McEwan (66 off just 52 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes) and Phil Jackson (59) helped their side post a competitive total. Lloyd Davies took 4-59 and there were two extremely economical spells from Thomas Drake (10-4-14-2) and Simon Marchant (10-3-18-3).

Taunton Deane’s Daniel Milligan removed the entire Ashcott and Shapwick top four at Northbrook Road on Saturday, finishing with figures of 5-36, to help set up a comprehensive victory for his side.

Ashcott and Shapwick were dismissed for just 149 in their 50 overs, Sam Edmunds top scoring with 28.

Deane made short work of their target, winning by nine wickets with 18 overs to spare.

Former Somerset batsman Robert Woodman made 49, while youngster Neil Brand, who has appeared for Somerset Second XI this year, finished 53 not out in addition to taking 1-27 with the ball.

Deane’s victory moves them up from fourth place in the table to second, while Aschott and Shapwick remain firmly routed to bottom place, some 43 points behind the team above them.

Second place Frocester dropped to fourth on Saturday after defeat to Bridgwater at The Parks by three wickets in a close contest.

Frocester made 214-7 in their 50 overs, with skipper Nick Trainor top scoring with an unbeaten 107 from 101 balls with 15 fours and 3 sixes. Opener Lewis Gegg also made 38.

Andrew Roberts took three wickets and there were two for Robbie Montgomery who had made his debut for Gloucestershire the previous evening in the NatWest Blast T20 game against Glamorgan. Robbie of course has also played a number of games for Somerset Second XI this season. Todd Barrett took 2-37. There were no wickets for Somerset Second XI player Chris Skidmore or former Somerset bowler Stefan Jones.

Bridgwater made heavy weather of reaching their target, losing wickets at regular intervals. However with all bar two of the top nine reaching double figures, the home side eventually came through with seven balls to spare. Steve Davis top scored with 36 not out, while Stuart Butt and Todd Barrett both made 32. Cameron Williams came in at number nine to join Davis and made a quick-fire 25 not out off just 12 balls to help see his side home.

There were two wickets a piece for Joshua Dunning, Richard Cave and Oliver Jones.

Weston Super Mare slipped closer to the relegation zone after a comprehensive defeat to Corsham at Station Road last Saturday.

Weston were bowled out for just 107 off 33.1 overs with only former Somerset keeper Robert Turner providing any resistance with 44.

Wickets were shared among all the Corsham bowlers in a fine performance, Paul Robbins taking 3-20, Jonathan Parker 2-14 and Joseph King 2-16.

Corsham made extremely short work of the 108 runs needed to win, reaching their target in just 20.1 overs.

They lost three wickets on the way, two to former Somerset bowler Charl Willoughby (2-62), but Toby Davies (35) and Ashur Morrison (34) made sure their side were well set for victory. Corsham keeper Steve Bullen (21 not out) then came in to finish off the job.

Weston are now just six points clear of the bottom two clubs in the relegation zone.

Taunton St Andrews remain in ninth place after losing a high-scoring game against Bristol at The Wyvern Club by 36 runs.

Bristol notched up 299-8 in their 50 overs, Ralph Hardwick top scoring with 71 and former Gloucestershire and Somerset wicket-keeper Steve Snell making 65. Gareth Roderick, Tom Smith, Avinash Murthy and Roger Sillence all made scores in the 30s. Somerset and St Andrews’ keeper James Regan made two stumpings and took a catch and also found time to take off the pads and bowl eight overs. Lloyd Alley finished with figures of 3-56.

Despite 73 from skipper Kevin Parsons, 57 from Alley, 46 not out from Steve Jenkins and 24 from Regan, St Andrews were unable to keep up with the run rate and finished on 263-9. Sillence took 4-42 and there were two wickets for Mike Willmott.

Next round of matches: Saturday 2 August:

(current league positions in brackets)

Bath (1) v Ashcott & Shapwick (10)

Bristol (7) v Bridgwater (6)

Frocester (4) v Downend (3)

Taunton Deane (2) v Corsham (5)