Nailsea's promotion hopes take a knock
PUBLISHED: 09:35 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 01 August 2018
Nailsea lost a high-scoring match against Pak Bristolians to hit their promotion hopes.
Nailsea first team’s promotion hopes took a dent on Saturday, as visitors Pak Bristolians took the spoils in a high-scoring game at The Grove.
Having been asked to bat, the visitors made a solid start against tight bowling from Liam Lester (1-19) and James Taylor (1-36). With early wickets for Dave Ingram (1-69) and Mike Ready (1-72), at just over 100 for the loss of four wickets, Nailsea could have felt they were in control of the game.
As it was, expertly marshalled by opener Shazail Mustafa, Pak Bristolian’s lower middle order put the Nailsea bowlers to the sword. Mark Willsher picked up 2-72, but with Shazail carrying his bat for 131, the visitors closed on an imposing 279-6 from their 45 overs.
In reply, Nailsea knew they had to get off to a solid start and that is exactly what happened, as Mike Ready and Tom Moss added 90 for the first wicket, before Moss fell for 42.
As Ready carried on his excellent recent form, wickets fell at regular intervals. Useful partnerships with Dave Ingram (27) and Gareth Dann (26) kept Nailsea in the hunt before they finally ran out of overs, finishing on 254-7, with Ready unbeaten on a fine 107, his maiden Nailsea century.
With five games remaining, Nailsea are still very much in the title chase, particularly with the way fixtures have fallen and the improved availability of key players.
On Saturday, the firsts travel to Old Bristolians Westbury looking to get back to winning ways.
The second team travelled to Bitton, where the home side scored an impressive 260-5 from their 40 overs.
Neil Gladstone-Smith bowled well to take 1-48, but the star of the Nailsea bowling attack was again young James Warren, who took 3-37 from his eight overs.
In reply, after the loss of an early wicket, Ellis Turner with 39 and Rob Lange (37), added 77 for the second wicket, before both fell in quick succession.
With runs becoming more and more difficult to come by, it was left to Simon Hopkinson with 26, 22 not out from Adrian Proctor and 20 not out from Steve Pursey, to see Nailsea through to 171-6.