Nailsea on top in crucial derby encounter

PUBLISHED: 12:12 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 16 August 2017

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DAVID MARIUZ

Nailea defeated local rivals Portishead in a crucial encounter, with relegation threatening the losers.

Nailsea first team visited local rivals Portishead for a crucial encounter, with relegation a distinct possibility for the losers.

Winning a crucial toss, Nailsea’s Henry Davies asked the hosts to bat first in what were to prove testing conditions. Opening spells of 1-12 and 1-8 from Rich Morris and Josh Dann set the tone for the innings, as run scoring proved challenging.

The introduction of Dave Ingram proved to be a master stroke, as he took a career best 4-39 from nine overs. With Pete Hardcastle adding to his Nailsea record wicket total, with a miserly 4-16, Portishead were skittled for just 75, with skipper Michael Hooper the main contributor with 36.

Anybody thinking that Nailsea would be home by tea, were to be way off the mark. Runs continued to be extremely difficult to come by, as batsmen perished at regular intervals.

Davies, Josh Dann and Rob Lange all got into double figures and, slowly but surely, Nailsea crawled over the line with seven wickets down. Nailsea take a vital 30 points into Saturday’s game against Shirehampton, who are the visitors to The Grove.

On a day favouring the bowlers, the seconds came out worthy winners in a low-scoring encounter with Old Bristolians Westbury.

Asked to bat, the visitors never really got any momentum against James Warren (2-18) and Terry Robinson (2-6 from seven overs). Wickets fell at regular intervals, with Adrian Procter taking 3-25 and Nick Jervis (1-18 from eight overs).

Only John Sheeran with 51 made a significant contribution, as OBW were all out for 108.

In reply, Nailsea lost their first four wickets in a rush, and at 18-4, the game was in the balance. At this point, Jervis joined Ben Foran and the two set about rebuilding the innings with a fantastic partnership.

Nick was dismissed for a solid 20 with victory in sight, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Foran, who finished on 58 not out, as Nailsea won by five wickets.

The Seconds travel to The Clanage on Saturday, looking for another good performance against bottom side Bedminster 4ths.

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