Nailsea remain in promotion race despite defeat

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:00 21 August 2018

Looking out from a cricket scorers position

Looking out from a cricket scorers position

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Nailsea travelled to league leaders Frenchay with an inexperienced side and were well beaten, but remain in the promotion race.

Nailsea first team took an inexperienced side to league leaders Frenchay, hoping to gather as many points as a possible with titles and promotion up for grabs.

With the home side taking first knock, opening bowlers Pete Hardcastle (1-35) and skipper Gareth Dann (2-35) did well to keep things in check.

Gregg Howett chipped in with 1-62, and debutant Harry Tiernan showed promise, but all the bowlers disappeared to all parts, as Frenchay rattled up an imposing 297-4 from their 45 overs.

After tea, early wickets had Nailsea immediately on the back foot. Tej Chadeesingh with 12, Rob Lange (22) and Hardcastle (20), were the only batsmen to reach double figures, as Nailsea were blown away for 88 inside 30 overs.

With two games remaining, Nailsea remain in fourth spot, with just two points separating third and fifth spots.

Coalpit Heath are the visitors on Saturday, with all to play for.

Despite horrendous selection dilemmas, Nailsea Seconds put up a spirited effort against Hallen at The Grove.

Early wickets for Nick Jervis (1-45) and Rich Billows (1-54), meant Hallen were hauled back in, as their middle order set off at a fair lick. Ben Foran then took 2-17 in a spell curtailed by a recurrence of a knee injury, just as he threatened to run through the opposition.

As it was, Alan Rogerson produced an excellent spell of 3-22 as did Terry Robinson, who took 1-20 on his return from injury. With Keith Bell adding four dismissals to an enthusiastic fielding performance, Nailsea were able to restrict Hallen to 235 all out at tea.

In reply, the hobbling Foran did what he could to get the innings going with a boundary-laden 33. However, with wickets falling at regular intervals, only Adrian Proctor with 12 and Andy Caine with 19 not out made it to double figures, as the innings stuttered to 102.

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