Outside chance of promotion for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 11:12 29 August 2018

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

DAVID MARIUZ

Nailsea have an outside chance of promotion with just one game of the season remaining.

With just one game left in the season, Nailsea’s wagon retains a solitary, wobbly wheel, in the chase for third spot and a potential promotion back into the West of England Premier League.

A run of five consecutive defeats, compounded by Saturday’s home defeat by Coalpit Heath, leaves Nailsea needing a comprehensive win and results in other games to go their way, for them to have a sniff of glory.

The last few weeks have seen regular players unavailable, with a number of season ending injuries and the usual family commitments, all combining to take its toll.

However, from adversity has come the emergence of young players with real potential. With 14-year-old James Warren making his first team debut and 13-year-old Harry Tiernan also enjoying a well-earned run in the side, there is cause for optimism.

On Saturday, after an early Pete Hardcastle wicket (1-60), James bowled his nine overs for 41, taking two scalps in the process. After a clatter of dropped chances had allowed Coalpit Heath to recover to 103 before the second wicket fell, Dave Ingram took 3-56 and Tiernan 1-26 from five overs.

Steve Lester again bowled an excellent spell without reward, but the damage had been done, as Coalpit Heath closed on 244-7 at tea.

In reply, Garth Dann (20) and Ellis Turner started confidently, but after the loss of the first wicket at 25, the swinging ball did for the middle order, with Nailsea finding themselves in disarray at 37-6.

Gregg Howett with 25 and Pete Hardcastle with 29, added 50 for the seventh wicket, but once they fell, only Harry Tiernan with 15, made any progress, as the innings concluded at 115, giving the visitors a comfortable 129-run win.

Nailsea Firsts travel to Timsbury on Saturday, while the seconds entertain Hampset at The Grove.

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