Nailsea complete relegation campaign on high with win

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 September 2019

Nailsea's 2nd XI face the camera

Nailsea's 2nd XI face the camera

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Nailsea ended a difficult season on a high with a four-wicket win over Coalpit Heath at The Grove on Saturday.

Nailsea's 1st XI face the cameraNailsea's 1st XI face the camera

But they could not avoid relegation from the Bristol & District Senior Division after a year where availability has been hugely affected by illness and injury to a number of players.

Harry Tiernan removed the dangerous Dave Hilton for 15, but Coalpit reached 78-1 before Josh Dann's excellent catch off the bowling of Pete Hardcastle sent Pete Lamb packing for 28.

Mike Ready remvoed Khalid Ali (49) moments later, as Tej Chadeesingh held on, and Coalpit were eventually dismissed for 178.

Tiernan (2-26) bowled superbly, as Hardcastle (2-34) moved to a club record 472 league wickets and Ready finished with 3-35, while captain Gareth Dann nabbed 2-0 from four balls.

Josh Dann (1-38) also had success, while leg-spinner Matt Vickers impressed alongside the enthusiastic Jack Smith.

Gareth Dann fell for five in reply, with Josh Dann (17) and Chadeesingh (18) helping to take the total to 103-3.

Three quick wickets fell to leave them 122-6, before Dave Ingram (27 not out) joined opener Ready, who finished unbeaten on 96 after hitting a six and 13 fours in his 130-ball knock as the hosts reached their target.

But Nailsea must now regroup during the winter to see what their future holds.

The seconds travelled to Midsomer Norton Methodists and lost a low-scoring game.

Batting first on a slow pitch and outfield, they saw Keith Bell (20) and Simon Hopkinson (19) make steady progress. But Andy Caine (19) was the only other batsman to have an impact as they closed on 79-7 after 35 overs.

Richard Billows and Alan Rogerson bowled tidy opening spells in reply, as Will Balsam (1-25) took the only wicket to fall as the hosts cruised to victory.

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