SCCC CLUB WATCH - WEEK 3
In our regular feature piece, Benjamin Redwood updates supporters on how Somerset players have fared for their respective club sides across the West Country.
Despite the weather getting the better of the majority of the West Country’s cricket in recent weeks, the past weekend saw many of Somerset’s first team and Academy players get some much-needed game time for their clubs. The weekend further pitted many Somerset youngsters, first teamers and legends against each other.
In the West of England Premier League, Will Smeed and Ned Leonard were integral to Bridgwater CC’s 50 run defeat of Jack Brooks’ Taunton Deane CC at the Parks. Smeed scored 31 at the top of the order, with Ned Leonard adding a quickfire 22 towards the back end of the innings as Bridgwater finished on 250/6. However, it was former Somerset and Kent all-rounder Calum Haggett that was the star of the show, as he smashed 107* for Bridgwater. Jack Brooks made his long-awaited Deane debut, taking 1-34 off of his 9 overs. With the bat, the Deane could only manage to make 200 before they were bowled out. Academy player Charlie Sharland managed 41 at the top of the innings, with Brooksy smashing 41 runs at a strike rate of 128.13.
Sam Young played twice for Bath CC over the weekend. In Saturday’s WEPL Premier League fixture, Bath succumbed to a 122-run defeat to Chippenham CC. Opening the batting, Young could only manage 12. On Sunday however, Bath defeated Potterne CC in the ECB Club National Championship T20 competition by 8 wickets. Bath chased Potterne’s 113 with relative ease inside 15 overs. Unfortunately for Sam Young, he was removed without troubling the score.
In the WEPL Bristol/Somerset division, a handful of current and former Somerset cricketers were on display as Weston-Super-Mare CC defeated Taunton St Andrew’s CC by six wickets. St Andrews posted with 225/9 from their 45 overs. Somerset Academy all-rounder George Thomas impressed with 50, as academy wicketkeeper James Rew (15) and bowler Josh Thomas (3) contributed to the score. Somerset’s Kasey Aldridge impressed with the ball for Weston, claiming 1-9 from his five openers. However, it was local boy and Somerset legend – Peter Trego, that took the game away from St Andrews, scoring 82 as Weston chased their target in 42.1 overs. Kasey Aldridge was there at the end with 0* as Weston took the points.
Max Waller top scored for St Just CC in the Cornwall Cricket League, with 64 as they eased to victory against Wadebridge CC. St Just made 217 from their 50 overs and managed to bowl Wadebridge out for 101 in 31.3 overs. Waller took 1-24 with the ball off his six overs.
Exeter CC were well beaten by Sidmouth CC in the Tolchards Devon League. Former Somerset batsman Alex Barrow top scored with 85 on the South Devon coast, as Sidmouth hit 202/7 after being put into bat by the visitors. Exeter could only manage 166/9 in their response, losing by 36.
With minimal cricket played over the previous two weekends, a handful of games were played involving Somerset players.
On Saturday 8th May, Bridgwater CC and Downend CC played out a thrilling tie at the Parks, Bridgwater. Batting first, Downend posted 303/6. Incredibly, Bridgwater equalled their score, hitting 303/8. Needing two off the last ball, Chris Skidmore was ran out coming back for the second, meaning the game was tied. Bridgwater have been fortunate to play four games of cricket thus far, as they managed to beat the weather and Lansdown CC on Saturday 15th May. After restricting Lansdown to 214/6, Bridgwater chased the total down with four overs to spare and six wickets spare. A star-studded batting line up saw Will Smeed score 36, as well as Gloucestershire’s Tom Lace (76) and former Somerset player Calum Haggett (54) contribute.
Tom Banton returned his home club Barnt Green CC in Worcestershire on Saturday 8th May. Banton found himself opening the batting with his brother – Jacques. In response to Kidderminster’s 121/6 from 20 overs, the Banton brothers took their side to 75 before Tom was out for 45 from an impressive twenty deliveries. Tom looked his usual self, showing his impressive array of shots to all part and angles. Unfortunately for Barnt Green, the rain came and their chase was halted and subsequently abandoned with 83/3 on the board.
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