Nailsea fall short in run chase

PUBLISHED: 14:20 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:20 30 August 2017

The cricket club wants to create a new ground to the rear of Mark First School.

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Nailsea fell short in their run chase against promotion-chasing Twyford House.

Nailsea first team visited promotion-chasing Twyford House knowing that their position in next year’s senior division was already secure.

Twyford batted first and made steady enough progress against Terry Robinson (1-41) and Rich Morris (3-40), but the lack of a regular fifth bowler was to prove costly once Mike Ready (2-43) and Pete Hardcastle (2-44) had finished their spells.

The final nine overs went for a crucial 78 as Twyford closed on a challenging 248 all out. Rich Morris’s three wickets made him just the third Nailsea bowler to pass the 300 league wickets mark, behind Hardcastle and Mike Brimble.

In reply, all of the Nailsea top order got starts, with Henry Davies and Nick Jury top scoring with 40 apiece. However, regular wickets meant the momentum finally petered out as Nailsea finished well short on 186.

The final game of the season sees Frenchay visiting The Grove, as they look to join Congresbury in the final promotion slot.

Nailsea Seconds hosted Bishop Sutton and, if the truth be told, did themselves no favours whatsoever, crumbling to just 82 all out.

Simon Hopkinson managed 33, but with little support, this was never going to be enough. Sure enough, just 13 overs were needed for the positive Bishop Sutton openers to knock off the runs without loss.

The defeat means Nailsea need to win at fellow strugglers Hampset on Saturday, or they will have to rely on other results going their way to avoid a painful drop.

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