Nailsea run out winning in derby encounter with Portishead

PUBLISHED: 10:53 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:53 18 July 2018

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Promotion-chasing Nailsea came out on top in this local derby against Portishead.

Portishead 1st XI 232-8

Nailsea 1st XI 234-6

High-flying Nailsea edged a tight game against local rivals Portishead.

Opener Will Cooper (79), was the mainstay of Portishead’s innings, striking 15 boundaries during his innings. With useful support from Nick Anderson (37) and skipper Mike Hooper (27), the visitors posted a competitive total.

Pete Hardcastle and Michael Ready each took two wickets. Ready then got to work with the bat, top-scoring with 91. Able assistance came from Dave Ingram (57), helped Nailsea reach their target with eight balls to spare, despite three wickets from Rob Chick.

Stanton Drew 1st XI 254-6

Portishead 2nd XI 146

Stanton Drew had little hesitation in electing to bat after winning the toss at a sun-baked Lake Grounds.

The visitors were given a flying start by the prolific Rob Bailey and Matthew Morris (46). With the ball disappearing to the boundary at an alarming rate, Portishead quickly had to adopt a defensive stance.

Skipper Bob McGhee and Steve James applied some control and when James had the dangerous Bailey caught behind for 93, the hosts had hopes of restricting the promotion-chasing visitors to a score of around 200.

But Colin Penney added a useful 48 not out to leave the hosts facing a chase of above 250.

That chase was soon in tatters after both openers departed cheaply and left Portishead facing an uphill challenge.

The middle order fought valiantly in the pursuit of bonus points, led by Neil Davies with 37, but ended up 100 short of their target.

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