Nailsea reach their target with four balls to spare

PUBLISHED: 14:19 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 17 May 2017

Tipton St John batsman David Thayre hits out in his knock of 73 against Stokeinteignhead

Tipton St John batsman David Thayre hits out in his knock of 73 against Stokeinteignhead

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Nailsea chased down Bristol West Indians Phoenix’s imposing total with just four balls to spare.

Nailsea first team travelled to Bristol West Indians Phoenix for what was always going to be a tough challenge.

So it proved to be as, despite three early wickets, BWI amassed an imposing 235-9 from their 45 overs. Rich Morris and James Taylor were the pick of the bowlers with 3-35 and 3-34 respectively, ably supported by Mark Randall-Willsher (1-39) and Pete Hardcastle (2-44).

The Nailsea reply was dominated by skipper Tom Moss. Carrying on his fantastic form, Tom struck 101 from 94 balls, before being run out with victory in sight. He received solid assistance from Gareth Dann (29) and Josh Dann with 33, before Tom Batchelor and finally Pete Hardcastle helped Nailsea over the line, with four wickets and four balls to spare.

This was another polished performance from a side playing consistently good cricket Nailsea welcome Timsbury to The Grove on Saturday, with form and confidence in good shape.

Briska First XI were the visitors to The Grove, and decided that Nailsea Seconds should take first knock on a wicket livened up by some much-needed rain.

After a cautious start, Simon Hopkinson with 44 and Rob Wood, dismissed for a boundary-laden 81, added 123 for the second wicket. The middle order all chipped in, before Steve Lester belted 42 not out from just 19 balls to set Briska the steep ask of getting 237 to win.

At 101 without loss, after 22 overs, Briska were definitely on course. Will Turner then started a flurry of wickets, with two in an over, both caught by the gazelle-like Simon Hopkinson at point.

From that point onwards, Nailsea never looked like conceding their advantage. Steve Lester and Terry Robinson bowled miserly spells and Gregg Howett snaffled 4-33 as Briska were all out for 189.

Nailsea are now two from two and make the opposite trip to the first team on Saturday with a visit to Timsbury Seconds looking to stay at the top of the table.

Nailsea 3rds overpowered Bristol YMCA 5ths with a well-deserved two-wicket victory to record their first win of the new season, in fact their first win since 2015.

With YMCA batting first, Nailsea played with great enthusiasm and chased every ball in the field determined not to let the game get away, with Chris Busby and Dave Green deserving of a special mention.

The bowling was tight throughout resulting in much frustration for the opposition batsmen, preventing them from taking advantage of their wickets in hand.

At tea, the final tally was 175-5. Bowlers of note were Rich Billows (2-26), Neil Gladstone-Smith (0-20), Steve Pursey (1-19) all from eight overs and Geoff Moss 2-34 from four.

With outstanding batting from the start, Ben Foran and Steve Pursey set the platform for the rest of the team to glide to a convincing win. Steve made a cultured 40, but it was Ben’s day as he raced to his maiden century, finally being dismissed for 101.

Tony Warren came in and smashed several boundaries in his 18 before falling to a good catch in the outfield. At this stage with four wickets in hand, Nailsea needed less than 20 to win and duly crossed the line in the 35th over with Neil Gladstone-Smith hitting the winning runs.

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