Stephen guides Nailsea to first win

PUBLISHED: 14:50 08 June 2011

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Nailsea record their first victory of the season, a convincing eight wicket win.

NAILSEA 1st XI recorded their first victory of the season against fellow strugglers Bristol Asians thanks to a superb bowling display, led by Stephen Allard (6-16).

Having dismissed their hosts for 67, Nailsea were guided home by Henry Davies (23 not out) and Matt Bryant (17 not out) in the 16th over, with eight wickets in hand.

Having won the toss, Nailsea captain Pete Hardcastle put faith in himself and his fellow bowlers to make early in-roads on a decent looking track. And the decision looked a good one when Ashih Shinde edged Hardcastle’s second delivery to debutant Josh Dann in the gully.

The early breakthrough did nothing to deter the home side from playing their shots though as Chawdhry Tahir (10), Irfan Rashid (9) and Muhammad Shehzad (12) came and went in a flurry of boundaries. Shehzad had looked dangerous, striking the ball cleanly before Nailsea keeper Adam Blower came up to the stumps, increasing the pressure and helping Hardcastle (3-36) to take a more aggressive line before trapping him lbw.

Having taken the wicket of Rashid, Allard then set about the remainder of the Bristol Asians batting line up.

The paceman bowled with aggression, guile and no little skill, swinging the ball both ways to find three batsmen’s stumps, two adjacent pads and the swift hands of Blower to stump Nazim.

Allard’s haul was dissected by a solitary wicket for Nick Jury (1-11), who was also impressive.

In reply, Nailsea lost their openers Dave Ingram (3) and Matthew Benn (12) early. But the calm assurance of Davies and Bryant finished the job without any further cause for alarm.

Nailsea’s 20 point haul moves them up to seventh in the Bristol & North Somerset League, with crucial games to come in the next fortnight against Frenchay and Lansdown.

■ The 4th XI welcomed Ston Easton to the Grove and the visitors won the toss and asked Nailsea to bat first.

The opening pair of Keith Bell (17) and Dan Marks (18) made a good start with a partnership of 45 for the first wicket, before 14-year-old Keith Parsons found the boundary three times.

Man of the match and Under-15 player Robbie Riddicks (43), played an excellent innings, ably assisted with some great strokes by Andy Caine (25).

However, Nailsea then suffered a mini collapse with only Jack Smith (17 not out) batting confidently to ensure that the 40 overs were completed. From 142-3, Nailsea finished on 174.

Ston Easton made a steady start against the opening bowling of Salim Latif (1-16) and Dan Marks (0-27). Jack Smith (1-36) bowled well and celebrated when he took the wicket of Ston Easton opener and captain Dave Nurse (44). Alan Rogerson (2-5) came on towards the end but in vain as the visitors scored the winning runs in the 31st over. Under-15 player Tom Cattermole was again excellent behind the stumps.

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