Nail-biting victory for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 17:50 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:50 05 September 2017

Nailsea CC 2nd XI.

Nailsea CC 2nd XI.

Archant

Nailsea defeated promotion-chasing Frenchay in their last match of the season.

Nailsea first team ended their season with a nail-biter of a win over promotion-chasing Frenchay.

Against accurate opening spells from Rich Morris and Josh Dann, the Frenchay openers made steady progress, adding 28 for the first wicket before Morris (1-22) snared Bowen lbw. The introduction of Pete Hardcastle (2-30) provided immediate success with the dangerous Mike Donaldson superbly caught behind by Dave Lippiatt for 16.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when Tom Moss brilliantly ran out Lutter, Dave Ingram (2-24) bamboozled two batsmen in his first over and then another run out left Frenchay on 57-6. Josh Dann (1-19) returned to dismiss Pine for 18 and veteran Terry Robinson (2-5) snapped up the final two wickets as Frenchay scrambled to just 105, an innings that contained just eight boundaries.

Those of you who have played for and/or followed Nailsea over the years will be familiar with the ‘Nailsea Trots’. Smallish totals can prove notoriously difficult to reach, especially against motivated opponents.

Against a lively attack, Nailsea’s top order all struggled and with wickets falling regularly, the home side found themselves at 50-7, staring defeat in the face.

In what was to prove the pivotal phase of the game, Ingram was joined by Lippiatt and the pair inched Nailsea towards their target. The pair added a crucial 49 for the eighth wicket before Lippiatt was dismissed for nine.

At this stage Gareth Dann, injured in the field, hobbled to the crease. Barely able to walk, Gareth caressed his first ball through the covers and a couple of deliveries later, squirted another boundary to the ropes to the delight of a large and thoroughly entertained crowd.

However, the undoubted start of the day was Ingram, comfortably the games highest scorer with a crucial 32 not out. With Twyford House beating champions Congresbury, Frenchay found themselves pipped at the post, but they can be proud of a fine season and were generous in defeat.

For Nailsea, 2017 represents another good season under Tom Moss. Events both on and off the field meant player availability had a significant impact on the first team for much of the season, so to finish mid-table in a competitive league is no mean achievement.

Needing a minimum of seven points to secure their position in their division, Nailsea Seconds travelled to Hampset.

The home side made good progress, despite tidy spells from Sam Jervis (2-40) and dad Nick, (2-49). Steve Spencer picked up 1-29 and James Warren continued his excellent form with 3-23.

With Hampset closing on 186-9, Nailsea’s immediate target was a third bonus point, achieved by scoring 150. At 87-1, with Ben Foran (32) and Rob Wood (35) going well, the win looked on the cards.

However, a flurry of wickets meant the pressure was very much on. Tony Warren with 21, together with contributions from Gregg Howett and Spencer eventually saw Nailsea reach safety, as the finished on 166 all out.

Credit should go to all the players who have represented the seconds and thirds this season, particularly second team skipper Rich Kingscott, who has led by example with his dedication to the club and to all the rotating skippers in the thirds.

Watch out for details of the forthcoming annual dinner and AGM.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other Sport Stories

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

During this summer’s World Cup we have been asking you to vote for the greatest England XI and now we can reveal that side and their manager - as chosen by you.

Read more
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Clevedon included England star Dominic Bess in their side which defeated Bridgwater by four wickets.

Read more
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Congresbury suffered an emphatic defeat by nine wickets away at Twyford House.

Read more
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A five-wicket defeat to fellow promotion contenders Bristol West Indians Phoenix saw Nailsea hopes take a knock.

Read more
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Backwell Flax Bourton defeated Frenchay by eight wickets and with 20 overs to spare.

Read more
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cleeve enjoyed an excellent eight wicket victory over near neighbours Failand & Portbury, thanks to a fine century from captain Glenn Lewin.

Read more
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

An unbeaten 85 by Harley Foley guided Clevedon seconds to a fine victory, helped by a rapid 70 from Dan Van Grudgings.

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hockey player Jon Marshall has returned to home club Somerset Gryphons a world champion.

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lady bowlers from Portishead RBL are enjoying a succcessful season in both county and national events.

Read more
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Long Ashton Golf Club hosted the English Men’s Open Mid-Amateur Stroke Play tournament, with Gloucestershire’s Nick Day winning by nine shots.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Read Online

Image
Read the North Somerset Times e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 17°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

North Somerset Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications