Cider Watch: Three for Jack, but Bridge(water) too far for Deane


Tom Abell
Tom Abell

West of England Premier Cricket League Premier One – Saturday 12 July 2014

Three wickets from Somerset’s Jack Leach couldn’t prevent Taunton Deane suffering defeat at the hands of Bridgwater in a weather-affected clash at The Parks last Saturday.

Batting first, Deane were dismissed for 221 with five balls remaining of their 50 overs. Leach made 17, while 17-year-old Kings College student Neil Brand, who appeared for Somerset’s Seconds last week, scored nine. Brand opened the innings with former Somerset batsman Rob Woodman who made 23.

Deane were indebted to Sam Underdown (52) and John Rogers (43) who shared a 40-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Two other members of Somerset’s Seconds squad, Robbie Montgomery and Chris Skidmore, opened the bowling for Bridgwater and picked up a wicket apiece, Skidmore finally ending Underdown’s resistance when he bowled him. Former Somerset bowler Stefan Jones also picked up two wickets, as did Andrew Roberts and Cameron Williams.

When Bridgwater batted, their target was reduced to 138 off just 31 overs because of bad weather.

Despite an excellent return of 6-0-20-3 from Leach, Bridgwater reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets with 1.5 overs to spare. Opener Merv Hallaran top scored with 55 and saw his side to the brink of victory when he was caught, despite wickets falling at the other end. He found support from Montgomery (19), wicket-keeper Mitchell Windsor (26) and Jones (16), who all fell to Leach. Daniel Milligan took 2-28.

Bath emerged victors against Taunton St Andrews last Saturday, despite the emergency summons mid match for Alex Barrow to travel to Northampton to substitute for the injured Craig Kieswetter.

St Andrews were put into bat at the Wyvern Club by Bath and racked up 212-7 in their 50 overs, Somerset’s James Regan top scoring with 47. That constituted something of a recovery from 28-3, with two of the top 3 back in the changing room without scoring.

Lower order contributions from Steve Jenkins (38), Martin Jenkins (33*), Kevin Parsons (33) helped St Andrews post a competitive total.

But, despite Barrow’s absence, Bath reached their target with 7.3 overs to spare for the loss of five wickets. Sam Mount top scored with an excellent unbeaten 82 off 80 balls with 11 fours and two sixes. Robin Lett also made a run-a-ball 46.

Former Gloucestershire and Somerset wicket-keeper Steve Snell scored a brilliant unbeaten 129 for Bristol at home last Saturday to help defeat league leaders Frocester.

Opening the batting for Bristol, Snell’s innings came off just 138 balls with 15 fours as he led the run chase in pursuit of Frocester’s 246-5.

Snell dominated an opening partnership of 61 with Richie Bann, who scored just 11. He later shared a 74-run unbroken fifth wicket partnership with Ralph Hardwick (45*) to see his side home by four wickets. Oliver Jones took 3 wickets for Frocester, but with the other wicket falling to a run out, no other bowler could make the breakthrough.

Earlier Frocester had a centurion of their own as Uzi Qureshi scored exactly 100 not out off 135 balls with nine fours.

CharlFormer Somerset favourite Charl Willoughby took 4-26 to help Weston Super Mare beat fellow basement club Ashcott & Shapwick at Northbrook Road last Saturday.

In a devastating performance, Willoughby removed the heart of the Aschott and Shapwick batting line-up, sending numbers 2, 4, 5 and 7 back to the pavilion as the home side could only muster 132 all out off 42 overs. Thomas Main and Sam Trego also picked up two wickets apiece.

Weston lost wickets at regular intervals themselves when they batted, four out of the top six batsmen falling in single figures.

However an innings of 54 from James Haggett provided the backbone Weston needed and they reached their target with 18 overs to spare, albeit with seven wickets down. Ben Rudge took 3-31.

Despite Frocester’s defeat at the hands of Bristol, they remain top of the league after last Saturday’s round of matches on 151 points, but now only lead by a single point.

Bath’s win moves them up from fourth to second on 150 points, while Downend, who beat Corsham on Saturday, are in third on 143. Taunton Deane’s defeat to Bridgewater sees them fall from second to fourth on 141.

Despite Weston’s win, they remain with Ashcott and Shapwick at the foot of the table.

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Meanwhile, Tom Abell was in the runs for Taunton Cricket Club yet again last Saturday to see his side to a comfortable victory over Bishopton.

Opening the batting, Abell made an unbeaten 90 off 122 balls with 11 fours as Taunton set off in pursuit of Bishopton’s 205-8.

He shared an opening stand of 64 with Chris Davenport (32) and an unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 129 with his skipper Jack Cooper (67*) to take his side to victory by eight wickets with 6.2 overs to spare.

Earlier, despite 40 from opener Mark Coombes, Bishopton were soon in trouble at 106-6. However a fightback led by wicket-keeper and captain Frank Cooper with a near run-a-ball 45 helped his side past set a competitive total.

Abell opened the bowling for Taunton, taking 1-32 in his 10 overs. Graham Fitt took 3-39 and there were also two wickets for Chris Greenwood.

This continues a rich run of form for Tom. The previous week he made an unbeaten 93 for Taunton and two scores of 70 for Somerset Second XI.

The result sees Taunton maintain their fourth place position in the West of England Premier Cricket League – Bristol Somerset Division.


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Bristol CC – 1st XI Vs Frocester CC – 1st XI –

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Bishopston CC – 1st XI Vs Taunton CC – 1st XI –

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