CRICKET: Shrubbery Somerset league round-up

CRICKET: Shrubbery Somerset league round-up

CRICKET: Shrubbery Somerset league round-up

First published in Sport

LARRY Watkins of Broadway and Horton 2nds took remarkable figures of 7-7 in nine overs on Saturday – comfortably his best figures after 40 years playing the game.

The 51-year-old seamer, who came on second change, ran through the Chard 750 line-up with a little help from 14-year-old debutant Rhodri Andrews (2-5 in 4.1).

Chard were dismissed for just 102 in the Division 9SE clash and Broadway eased to a seven wicket victory in 21 overs.

In the same division Crewkerne 2nds maintained the pressure on leaders Trull with a 133 run defeat of Huish and Langport 3rds.

Crewkerne made 234-8 thanks to scores from N Keylock (52), R Keylock snr (40) and S Briggs (36).

Then Huish were dismissed for 101, A Wellman taking 3-8 in nine overs and R Cornelius 3-19 in seven.

Unbeaten North Perrott appear unstoppable in Division 1 following another crushing victory – this time at the expense of Kilmington and Stourton.

North Perrott amassed a total of 236-7 with half centuries from G Whorlow (58) and J Bond (57).

Then openers F Parffrey (6-27) and S Hawes (3-29) combined to bowl out Kilmington for just 75 in 23.3 overs.

Ilton, who are yet to win this season, are now 91 points adrift at the bottom of the table after an eight wicket defeat by Bagborough.

Ilton managed to reach 151 all out with R Jones scoring 53 and B Venn 41.

But that proved no problem for Bagborough as A Dingle scored 84 not out.

Barrington scored a solid 197-3 in Division 2 thanks to T Towill (76 not) and B Tyekiff (62).

But their efforts were surpassed by Huish and Langport who reached 199-6 with six overs to spare.

Pick of the Barrington bowlers were S Redwood (3-47) and S Hodkinson (2-38.

Bottom club North Perrott 2nds remain without a victory in Division 3 following a a four wicket defeat by Huntspill and district who began the day just one place above them in the table.

They reached 146-8 but it could have been a lot worse.

After a solid start, wickets fell at a pace as J Hopper (32 not) held firm at one end. And it wasn’t until he was joined by Lorraine Szczepanski (27 not) that North Perrott were able to post a respectable total.

Szczapanski followed up with an excellent to return figures of 5-39 in 12 overs but her all-round efforts proved in vain as C Slack (74 not) led Huntspill to victory with nearly five overs to spare.

Broadway and Horton returned to winning ways in Division 4 with a four wicket defeat of Staplegrove 2nds.

Staplegrove could manage only 143 all thanks to some fine bowling.

Openers A Mason (2-17 in 6) and T Hill (2-33 in 10) kept things tight before fifth bowler B Scotting polished off the lower order with 5-37 in 7.5.

Broadway’s reply was far from convincing until I Hosken (26 not) and A Mason (33 not) combined in a fine seventh wicket partnership to clinch victory with 11 overs to spare.

South Petherton lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with a comprehensive nine wicket victory over Horrington who now prop up the division instead.

G Williams (4-22), A Pickford (3-31) and K Harris (2-25) combined to restrict Horrington to 136-7.

South Petherton’s reply began in unconvincing fashion as R Guest was dismissed for a single.

But N Boulton (71 not) and P Acreman (45 not) took complete charge to see them home in just 23 overs.

Ilminster A remain second from bottom in Division 6 following an eight wicket defeat by leaders Peasedown St John.

Ilminster only fielded ten men after a last-minute withdrawal – and only two of them were over 18.

Their innings began well thanks to an opening partnership of 64 on a difficult track between Matt Hayward (43) and Trevor Goss (31). But once they were dismissed the innings collapsed to 124 all out as only one other batsman reached double figures.

With limited bowling options acting captain Nick Warry had to shuffle his attack who stuck to their task despite Peasedown cruising to victory by eight wickets.

Fourteen-year-old Harry Brown and 13-year-old Harry Paul picked up the two wickets to fall.

Crewkerne have been knocked off the top of Division 7 after losing to Uphill Castle Cavaliers – their first defeat of the season.

Batting first on a wicket offering plenty for the bowlers, Crewkerne were dismissed for just 93, C Gould and S Rowswell each scoring 25 to top the run charts.

Uphill Castle were given a solid start by openers P Kuht (22) and R Newman (31).

The introduction of D Parsons (4-37 in 11.1) and T Briggs (2-24 in ten) changed the complexion of the innings but Uphill Castle got home by four wickets.

Chard A were dismissed for just 84 by Winscombe 2nds despite a sound opening partnerhip by M Veitch (37) and S Dix (16). Once they were out the innings folded tamely with only D Grabham reaching double figures.

Winscombe eased to victory in 22 overs for the loss of one wicket.

The promotion hopes of Barrington 2nds in Division 8N took a hit when they lost to leaders Evercreech by 88 runs.

Evercreech rattled up 251-7 with their opener M Wood hitting 94.

Barrington, who could only field nine players, were dismissed for 163 with M Jennings left stranded on 67 not out. Barrington slip down to third.

South Petherton 2nds consolidated fifth place with a two wicket victory over Kilmington and Stourton 2nds.

Fine bowling by G Salter (5-46) restricted Kilmington to 171-8.

Then after a shaky start Pethy recovered through Salter (39) and H Clayton (45 not) to secure victory in the 41st over.

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