Nick smashes 149 not out for Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 15:44 08 July 2015

Nailsea batsman Nick Jury smashed an unbeaten 149 in his side’s comfortable victory over Old Down.

Nailsea First XI won the toss and had no hesitation in batting against Old Down on what looked like a batsman friendly wicket at The Grove.

Gareth Dann got Nailsea off to a steady start before being dismissed in the 12th over for 15. Nick Jury then stepped to the crease, and built a solid partnership with Henry Davies.

Both batsmen looked comfortable, hitting boundaries at will. There was a setback when Davies was bowled for an impressive 34, but this enabled 17-year-old debutant Tej Chedeesingh to make his way to the crease.

Tej, who is a product of Nailsea’s youth teams, looked to be positive from ball one and played well to support Jury who by now was in the kind of form that suggested a big score could be on the cards.

So it was to be, as Jury continued hitting boundary after boundary. Nailsea lost Tej for 23 in the 33rd over at 152, but this didn’t affect the run rate as Tom Batchelor came to the crease and swiftly added to the boundary tally.

The pair added a rapid 154 in less than 13 overs as Nailsea ended the inning at an impressive 306 for the loss of just three wickets. Tom weighed in with a 32-ball 45 not out, but it was Jury’s day. With eight huge sixes and 15 boundaries, he finished on 149 not out, from just 105 balls, a score only exceeded twice in the club’s First XI history.

In reply, Old Down started their innings knowing that an impressive chase was needed if they were going to compete with the hosts’ total.

With Nailsea’s opening bowlers, Rich Morris (2-42) and Liam Lester (4-40) bowling some great lines, the visitors found themselves three wickets down.

With James Taylor (2-32) and Batchelor (2-41) also contributing with the ball, the only highlight of Old Down innings was Mark Williams, who came in with some serious intent, before eventually being removed for 43.

Nailsea cruised to victory with a solid all-round performance bowling the visitors out for 147. This was another good team display, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Nick Jury.

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