Nailsea ease their relegation fears

PUBLISHED: 08:29 23 August 2017

A cricket scorebook and pink balls for a T20 fixture

A cricket scorebook and pink balls for a T20 fixture

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Nailsea first and second teams eased their relegation fears with victories in their respective divisions.

Nailsea first and second teams both recorded important victories to ease relegation fears in their respective divisions.

The first team asked Shirehampton to bat first in blustery conditions. Both batting and bowling were challenging and with Rich Morris taking his 298th and 299th first team league wickets, Nailsea got off to a fantastic start.

Gareth Nicholls (55) and Andy Geddes (40) both batted well to bring Shire back into the game, despite tidy spells from Pete Hardcastle and Dave Ingram, both with figures of 1-39 from their nine overs.

The introduction of Mark Randall-Wiilsher was all important. Despite a wide or three, Mark took a crucial 5-27 from eight overs as Shire finished on 188-9 at tea.

In response, Mark Hopkinson fell early, but Mike Ready (25) and skipper Tom Moss weathered the storm, to take the score to 66 before Ready was run out by a direct hit.

Moss battled away for a fine 54, but it was the contributions of a solid and experienced middle order that was to prove key. Nick Jury added 25, Rob Lange 13, before Rich Morris with 18 not out and a typically belligerent 32 not out from Pete Hardcastle saw Nailsea home with four wickets and a couple of overs to spare.

With two weeks to go, Nailsea’s position next season is secured, but remaining matches at Twyford House and Frenchay, both of whom have promotion ambitions, will be approached with gusto.

The 2nd XI recorded an excellent six-wicket victory against Bedminster 4th XI.

Bedminster managed a very impressive 244-4 from their 40 overs.

In reply, if one Hopkinson doesn’t get you, another one will. Mark may not have got a run in the first team, but dad Simon contributed another hundred, as Nailsea chased down their target for the loss of four wickets with Simon 119 not out.

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