Nailsea cruise to emphatic victory
PUBLISHED: 13:54 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:54 21 June 2017
Nailsea second team cruised to an emphatic nine-wicket victory at home to Bedminster.
Under a blue sky and with scorching temperatures, Nailsea second team skipper Rich Kingscott took his life in his hands at home to Bedminster, by winning the toss and electing to field.
However, the decision proved to be correct as Nailsea recorded an emphatic nine-wicket victory. Early wickets for Neil Gladstone-Smith, Steve Spencer and Harry Tidball had Bedminster on the rack at 66-4, but Bedminster batted well in not losing any further wickets, reaching the break on an imposing 215-4.
In reply, Kingscott and Simon Hopkinson made steady progress. With the wicket still playing well, they accelerated rapidly, taking the partnership to 170, before the skipper fell for 58. Kieron Walker joined Hopkinson, as the pair saw Nailsea through to 216 without further loss. Hopkinson finished unbeaten on 84 and Walker on 22, with extras contributing a significant 52.
The win leaves the seconds handily placed as we approach the halfway point in the season.
As if to emphasise the quality of the pitches at Nailsea again this season, Nailsea thirds took on St Mary Redcliffe in a game that was to yield just six wickets for well over 400 runs.
Combined with the second team game, only 11 wickets fell at the ground on Saturday, while more than 850 runs were scored.
The thirds batted first and after the early loss of Ben Foran, Tony Warren added a fine 35 before he too fell. Steve Pursey then joined Adrian Procter and the pair took Nailsea to 213 at tea, without further loss. Procter finished on a fine 91, with Pursey on 54.
The day continued to offer little for the bowlers, as St Mary Redcliffe replied in fine style. Wickets for Rich Billows, Pursey and Manazar, could not contain the batsmen, as the target was reached for the loss of just four wickets.
Mention to young James Warren, who bowled well in his spell without success.