Cider Watch: Last ball thriller brings win for Bridgwater despite Regan century

West of England Premier Cricket League Premier One – Saturday 9 August 2014

Somerset’s James Regan scored a near run-a-ball century for Taunton St Andrews on Saturday, but finished on the losing side as Bridgwater pulled off a dramatic win off the final ball of the game.

Set 216 to win in 48 overs, Bridgwater lost wickets at regular intervals and with three overs to go were seven men down with 30 still required.

Steve Davis with an unbeaten 41 and Cameron Williams (19*) shared a 32-run partnership to see their side to the brink of victory and with one ball of the final over to go still needed two runs to win.

The ball was hit out to the boundary where a half-chance was put down and the ball went for four.

St Andrews skipper Regan tweeted after the game:

~Regan

Earlier Regan made 114 off 117 balls with 14 fours and two sixes. He came to the crease with his side 4-1 and batted through most of the St Andrews innings. He was kept company by Lloyd Alley who finished 69 not out off just 62 balls with seven fours and two sixes. There were two wickets for 28 runs for former Somerset bowler and Bridgwater captain Steffan Jones.

In reply, Bridgwater lost early wickets and were 39-4 before a 120-run partnership for the fifth wicket by Todd Barrett (65) and Kyran Devitt (42) brought their side back into the game. But when the pair fell and Jones went for 10, they were still 30 away from victory. However Davis and Williams struck some lusty blows to see their side home.

Afterwards Jones paid tribute to Regan’s efforts with the bat. He tweeted:

~Steff on Regan

Bridgwater remain in sixth place in Premier One, but are now just one point behind fifth place Corsham.

The defeat – and Weston’s win over Taunton Deane – means that St Andrews slip back into the relegation zone. They are five points behind Weston.

 

Bath held onto their place at the top of the premier league despite their match away to Corsham at Station Road being abandoned due to the wet weather

The match had already been reduced to 48 overs a side but was eventually called off at 6.20pm due to rain.

Bath had done a good job, restricting Corsham to just 144, bowling them out within 44 overs. Simon Marchant and Thomas Drake took two wickets a piece before Jonathan Green ran through the tail to finish with 4-17 from seven overs.

Just six overs were possible as Bath began their reply, during which time they’d moved on to 20-1.

Corsham remain in fifth place, but Bridgwater are now just one point behind them in sixth.

 

Relegation candidates Weston Super Mare caused an upset by beating second place Taunton Deane at the Convent Field on Saturday, thanks to an incredible spell of bowling by Sam Trego.

Trego ran through Deane’s top order, taking four wickets and finishing with excellent figures of 10-3-15-4.

With Andy Fear knocking over the tail, taking 4-33, Deane were all out for just 111 in 32.2 overs. There was also a wicket apiece for Thomas Main and former Somerset bowler Charl Willoughby, while Shabil Ahmed pouched four catches. Only former Somerset batsman Rob Woodman put up any kind of resistance with 39.

In reply, Weston had a few scares themselves, losing six wickets on the way to their target, as Daniel Milligan picked up 3-33 and Jack Fraser 2-19. Somerset Second XI and Kings College player Neil Brand who made a century for Deane last week was out for a duck on Saturday, but did pick up a wicket with the ball.

Despite the wickets falling at the other end, Weston’s Shabil Ahmed kept a calm head and reached an unbeaten half-century off 84 balls with six fours to see his side to their target with 22.5 overs to spare.

This was a big boost for Weston’s survival in Premier One and they tweeted after the game:

~WSM

The result lifts Weston five points clear of the relegation zone and sees Taunton Deane lose their second place to Frocester, who are now 11 points ahead of them.

 

Frocester moved up to second place with a 39-run win over basement club Ashcott and Shapwick at Northbrook Road on Saturday.

The visitors posted a score of 237-3 off 43.5 overs before rain brought the innings to a premature end. Frocester skipper Nick Trainor top scored with 114 off 133 balls with 13 fours and four sixes and shared a big partnership of 158 with Paul Muchall (54).

Wayne Spencer took 2-40, while Sam Spencer returned extremely economical figures of 6-1-12-0.

The wet weather meant that Ashcott’s innings was reduced to 37 overs with a revised target of 176 runs to win. But they lost regular wickets, three batsmen falling with the score on 41.

Only Sam Spencer put up any real resistance, making 43 at number eight at almost a run a ball. Spencer was the last man out from the final ball of the game.

Richard Cave finished with superb figures of 7-1-14-4, while Paul Muchall bowled an equally impressive spell for 8-3-14-3.

 

Bristol inflicted a crushing defeat on former league leaders Downend on Saturday by the huge margin of 221 runs.

Bristol racked up an imposing total of 304-6 in their 50 overs before skittling Downend out for just 83 in 28.2 overs, only two batsmen making it into double figures.

It was a superb all-round Bristol performance, with most of the batsmen making contributions with the bat, Alan Hunt top scoring with 72 off 87 balls with 10 fours and two sixes.

Roger Sillence was unbeaten on 49 when the innings closed, while Tom Smith made 48 and former Gloucestershire and Somerset wicket-keeper Steve Snell made 38 at the top of the order.

When Downend batted, Rhys Williams (4-32) and William Rudge (2-30) soon had them in trouble before Neil Pollard ran through the tail, finishing with superb figures of 9.2-4-10-4. Only Michael Bracewell (22) and Curtis Blakemore (16) offered any resistance.

For Downend, who were league leaders just two weeks ago, this defeat follows a 13-run defeat to Frocester last week. However, with Corsham’s match with Bath being rained off, Downend hang onto fourth place, by just five points.

Next round of matches: Saturday 16 August:

(current league positions in brackets)

Bath (1) v Taunton Deane (3)

Frocester (2) v Corsham (5)

Bristol (7) v Ashcott and Shapwick (10)

Taunton St Andrews (9) v Downend (4)

Weston Super Mare (8) v Bridgwater (6)

Links:

Ashcott & Shapwick CC v Frocester CC – http://frocester.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847826

Bridgwater CC v Taunton St Andrews CC – http://bridgwater.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847846

Corsham CC v Bath CC – http://corsham.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847858

Downend CC v Bristol CC – http://bristol.play-cricket.com/view_results_details?id=11847869

West of England Premier Cricket League – Premier One table after 15 games: http://corsham.play-cricket.com/league_table?id=402&season_id=72