Nailsea drop to third after defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:45 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:45 08 August 2018

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DAVID MARIUZ

Nailsea suffered a 52-run defeat at Old Bristolians Westbury and slipped back to third place in the league table.

Nailsea slipped to third in the Bristol and District Senior Division after a 52-run defeat away at Old Bristolians Westbury.

Having asked the hosts to bat first, OBW responded by amassing an imposing 296-5 from their 45 overs. Wicket-takers for Nailsea were Pete Hardcastle (1-57), James Taylor (1-68), Mike Ready (2-58) and Mark Willsher (1-42).

In reply, Nailsea got off to another excellent start through Mike Ready (55) and skipper Tom Moss (83), as the chase began in positive fashion.

However, after their dismissals, the momentum shifted back to the hosts and despite 35 from Pete Hardcastle and 22 from Nick Jury, Nailsea were always behind the asking rate, finally being bowled out for 244 in the 43rd over.

On Saturday, Nailsea entertain Bradley Stoke.

Nailsea Seconds put up a spirited performance against visitors Bishop Sutton in another high-scoring game at The Grove.

Batting first, Bishop Sutton got off to a rapid start, suggesting something close to 300 was on the cards. The introduction of Steve Pursey began a fine recovery.

Steve took three wickets for just 26 in his eight-over spell and with skipper Gregg Howett finishing with 1-32, Bishop Sutton finished their 40 overs on 227-4, opener Phil Cocks carrying his bat for 127.

On a lightening fast outfield, the Nailsea fielders acquitted themselves admirably, saving numerous runs with their commitment throughout.

Having lost two early wickets for just five, Nailsea were immediately on the back foot. At this point, Tony Warren joined Tej Chadeesingh and the pair added a rapid 115 for the third wicket.

Tej was to fall for a hard-hitting 81 and with Tony following soon after for a fine 40, the writing was on the wall.

However, spirited contributions from Steve Lester (17), Keith Bell (22) and Andy Caine (15 not out) took the game to the final over when the third run out of the innings bought a conclusion to the proceedings with Nailsea a tantalising seven runs short with two balls remaining.

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