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.

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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.

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