Nailsea remain unbeaten and top the table

PUBLISHED: 11:25 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:25 23 May 2018

Cricket.

Cricket.

BrianAJackson

After winning their first three matches, Nailsea 1st XI find themselves unbeaten and heading the league table.

After week three of the season, Nailsea first team find themselves at the top of the table and the only side with a three from three record.

That they managed to overcome a spirited and experienced Shirehampton side owed much to some excellent individual performances and an ability to not quite shoot themselves in the foot.

Having asked Shire to bat first, the bowlers restricted the batters with few hittable loose deliveries. Unfortunately, part of the problem was too much width, as Nailsea conceded 45 in wides. Only Rich Morris with a tidy nine-over spell for 17 runs was not guilty.

Liam Lester bowled well to end with 3-21, Pete Hardcastle, Dave Ingram and Mike Ready all finished with figures of 1-34 and Mark Randall-Willsher 1-32. In total Nailsea conceded 65 extras as Shire finished on 196-8 from their 45 overs.

In reply, Mike Ready (42) and Henry Davies (51) batted beautifully against the new attack, taking Nailsea to 102 before both fell in quick succession.

Cue a period of good slow bowling and new batsmen finding it difficult to time the ball in what are still strange conditions for this time of the year. Nick Jury fought hard for 25, but as wickets fell, Nailsea needed 38 from the last four overs.

Thankfully Pete Hardcastle continued to contribute valuable runs in the lower middle order and his brutal, unbeaten 39 was to prove crucial, as he hit the winning runs from the penultimate delivery to finish on 200-8.

Nailsea travel to Pak Bristolians on Saturday hoping to make it four from four and definitely hoping to bowl straighter.

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