Final ball drama as Bridgwater pip Saints

Final ball drama as Bridgwater pip Saints

Final ball drama as Bridgwater pip Saints

First published in Sport

WEPL Premier One

Bridgwater 219-7 (48ovs) beat Taunton St Andrews 216-5 (48ovs) by three wickets

BRIDGWATER'S series of last ball dramas continued at a packed Parks on Saturday as they squeezed home in yet another thriller to beat the relegation threatened Taunton St Andrew by three wickets.

Steve Davis (41no) and Cam Williams (19no) scored 26 runs off the last two overs to see their team home to yet another remarkable win in what has been a roller coaster season.

None of this would have been possible however, without an earlier superb 91 run partnership between Todd Barrett (65) and Kyron Devitt (42) on his first team debut.

The talented pair had dug the home side out of a hole at 39-4, with a calm and measured performance - with Dave Reading (3-45) doing the early damage, as Bridgwater set about chasing 217 to win off 48 overs, with two overs lost to each side because of a rain break.

Earlier, the Saints had been in considerable trouble themselves as excellent opening spells from Steffan Jones (2-28), the luckless Chris Skidmore, Andy Roberts and Devitt had seen the visitors struggle to 59-3 off 29 overs.

At this stage, Kevin Parsons retired injured with a serious leg injury, but this brought an aggressive Lloyd Alley to the crease to join Somerset's James Regan and the pair began to dominate proceedings as they put on a remarkable 163 off only 19 overs with a series of fiercely struck boundaries as Bridgwater's bowlers struggled to contain them.

Regan was eventually trapped in front by Andy Roberts for a hard hit 114, while Alley's 69 not out had come at better than a run a ball.

Bridgwater's earlier bowling efforts however, meant that this huge partnership only resulted in a par score on the excellent pitch and lightning outfield, which the home side were able to chase down in dramatic fashion in a match that had swung in all directions.

Next Saturday, Bridgwater travel to Weston while the table topping second team host Weston in a match that could see them crowned champions with two matches to go, if other results go their way. 1pm start.

They will be hoping that this will be the first part of a superb double, as they play Staplegrove in the Final of the SCB intermediate Cup at SCCC on Sunday September 7.

## Match Sponsor: Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.## Match Ball Sponsor : TMB Patterns Ltd.

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