Nailsea continue their winning ways

PUBLISHED: 12:08 06 June 2018

Harry Tiernan and Simon Hopkinson.

Harry Tiernan and Simon Hopkinson.

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Nailsea eased to victory over second-placed Old Bristolians Westbury with a comfortable five-wicket win.

Nailsea first team continued their winning ways with a five-wicket win against second-placed Old Bristolians Westbury at The Grove.

Having won the toss and elected to take first use of the facilities, OBW looked to have made the right choice as they progressed serenely to 89-2 after 21 overs, James Taylor (2-28) dismissing both openers.

However, the second half of the innings was a far more attritional affair, as Mike Ready with (2-27), Josh Dann (4-22) and Steve Spencer 1-15 off six overs, pegged the visitors back to 145-9 at tea.

In reply, the Nailsea innings also got off to a good start, as Ready and Henry Davies (18) added 45 for the first wicket.

Two quick wickets kept OBW interested, but with Josh Dann adding 30 runs to his four wickets, he and Ready almost took Nailsea home.

A late flurry saw three further wickets fall, but with Ready undefeated on 60, Nailsea ran out comfortable winners and maintain their top spot in the Bristol and District Senior Division.

On Saturday, Nailsea travel to Bradley Stoke.

Nailsea second team found themselves chasing leather at Bishop Sutton as the home team rattled up 254-6 from their 40 overs.

Only Neil Gladstone-Smith, with 3-42, managed much progress against the Bishop Sutton batsmen.

After tea, the main talking point was the senior debut of 14-year-old Harry Tiernan. The grandson of Nailsea’s highest-ever run machine, Simon Hopkinson, Harry has big boots to fill.

Although he did not get to bat alongside his grandad, Harry looks to have inherited some of the Hopkinson appetite for runs, as he smashed seven sixes in a fine 62. His was the standout innings, as Nailsea closed on 126.

On Saturday, the seconds entertain Stanton Drew, while the thirds travel to Alveston, looking to continue their table-topping season.


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