WEPL Premier One Second XI

Bridgwater 195-7 beat Weston-super-Mare 86 by 109 runs

BRIDGWATER seconds moved to the top of Premier One with a convincing away win.

The eventual winning margin was 109 runs after Bridgwater set an imposing total 195-7 on a tricky surface.

Weston surprisingly decided to bowl first on a wearing pitch that saw uneven bounce throughout the afternoon.

Bridgwater's early innings was built around a classy 55 from young Ben Coombes as he shared partnerships of 33 with Scott Sealey, 28 with Josh Horler and 40 with Kyran Devitt, which saw the visitors well placed at 101-2.

When Coombes was dismissed for a fluent 55, including eight fours and a six, Bridgwater had a mini wobble at 102-4.

The rest of the innings was held together by a responsible 42no from Andrew Skidmore, who had support from Ali Witts, Ed Habberfield and Tom Pople, the latter sharing an unbroken stand of 40 with Skidmore to take their side to a competitive total at tea.

After tea, Weston started aggressively, but struggled to exert themselves against Ian Higgins (2-31), who again picked up the first two wickets, the second one a beauty to dismiss Turner.

Bridgwater took pace off the ball early with Habberfield brothers Ed and Matt bowling in tandem, and when Ed was rewarded with a double success in his third over the game was virtually up as a contest.

Some tight bowling was aided by the helpful surface as Ed finished with 4-20 and Matt 4-10, dismissing Weston for 86 in only 23.3 overs to give Bridgwater 21 points.

Thanks go to umpire Ray Windosr, scorer Andrea Taylor, match ball sponsors TMB Patterns Ltd, and match travel sponsors Falcon Vehicle Solutions and Higos Insurance Services Ltd.