Winning start continues for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 10:24 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:24 13 June 2018

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Nailsea kept up their winning start to the season with a 57-run victory over Bradley Stoke.

Nailsea continued their winning start to the season with a comfortable 57-run win over Bradley Stoke.

Batting first, Nailsea again got off to a solid start thanks to Mike Ready (34) and Henry Davies, who put together 70 for the first wicket. After a couple of quick wickets, it was to be Dave Ingram who was the star of the show as he added an excellent 74.

With useful contributions from Rob Lange (23) and Pete Hardcastle (12), Nailsea closed at tea on a more than useful 218-8.

In reply, Bradley Stoke were completely undone by four early wickets for Pete Hardcastle, for just 36. At this point, bear a thought for Rich Morris. Another miserly spell saw him concede just 21 from his nine overs, which bring his season’s economy to just 68 runs from 36 overs. His single wicket does not reflect his contribution.

With Dave Ingram adding 2-29 to his runs and James Taylor taking 3-23, the only disappointment was that Nailsea could not finish Bradley Stoke off, as they closed on 161-9.

On Saturday, Frenchay visit the Grove, for another top of the table clash.

Nailsea Seconds entertained Stanton Drew First XI at The Grove and sadly the game went to form, as the visitors came out comfortable winners.

Having dismissed the prolific Bailey early on, Stanton showed they had strength in depth, as their middle order punished anything short.

Nat Pinkney bowled with pace and no luck for his two wickets and again James Warren belied his years to bowl with a lot of maturity. It was also great to see the skills of slow left-armer Tony Hill, who bowled beautifully for 3-35, on show for the first time this season.

However, with crucial chances spilled, 236-6 at tea was always a few too many.

In reply, all looked rosy, as Rob Wood (24) dispatched the early bowling to all corners, but his dismissal to the slowest bowler on show, was to set the tone.

With wickets falling regularly, it was to be this week that Harry Tiernan got to bat with his grandad, Simon Hopkinson. It was a brief partnership, as Harry could not quite repeat his heroics, soon falling for 62 less than last week.

If he could have stuck with his grandad, who knows what may have happened, but with Simon finishing undefeated on 70, the Nailsea innings ended on 143 all out.

The Seconds travel to Hallen on Saturday..

Nailsea Thirds finally got a game, travelling to Alveston.

Electing to bat, Nailsea made steady progress, with contributions from Adrian Proctor (14), Rich Marlborough (17), Steve Pursey (14) and Andy Caine (19). However, it was the young guns, Matt Caine (32 not out) and Will Turner (34) who gave the innings some nice impetus, enabling Nailsea to close on a creditable 164-7 at tea.

In response, Alveston didn’t hang about, and got to their target in 20 overs. Rich Billows with 1-28, Lewis Thatcher 1-26 and Will Turner with 2-24 were the Nailsea wicket takers.

Despite the setback, the Thirds remain in the promotion race. With no game next week, they can regroup and recharge the batteries prior to the big game against Clevedon on June 23.

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